Make Your Own Mantra

Timid thoughts... quote

“Timid thoughts, do not be afraid of me.

I am a poet.”

—  Rabindranath Tagore

Why don’t we just allow Tagore’s energy to vibrate across the chasm of time / distance / energy / language / intention and bask in the miracle and magic of poetic transmissions from beyond?

I’ve been meaning to recommend watching (or re-watching) Dead Poet’s Society, but kept forgetting. Until now.

Today’s Journal Prompts

Make up your own mantra, using Tagore’s quote as a template. Brainstorm ideas in each of the four areas, then mix and match until you find a combo that delights you.

1. Choose an adjective (timid, boring, fearful, lazy, judgmental, critical, hazy, happy, elated, angry, sad, violent, stormy, beautiful, serene….)

2. (Your adjective here) + the word: thoughts / feelings / ideas / plans

3. Do / do not be (circle one) + (a feeling word, like: afraid, intimidated, confused, surprised, thrilled, amazed, frustrated, delighted)

4. I am + (choose your preferred or cosmic job description: poet, artist, goddess, healer, author, magician…)

5. Finally, mix and match ideas from the above four categories and see what you get for a mantra today.

6. (Optional: Share your mantra in the comments.)

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13 Responses to Make Your Own Mantra

  1. eaf October 4, 2016 at 11:46 am #

    Judgmental thoughts
    be not confused,
    as i am on this
    healing journey.

  2. Heather September 30, 2016 at 11:38 pm #

    Anxious feelings, do not hold power. I am stronger.

  3. Lynne September 28, 2016 at 7:15 am #

    Unfinished paintings, be excited about me.
    Yes, I AM AN ARTIST.

  4. Marcia September 27, 2016 at 12:15 pm #

    Timid ideas be forth coming to me.
    I am an artist!

  5. TX Creatrix February 19, 2016 at 9:49 am #

    in the middle of a multi-day headache {minor, thank the goddess!} I came up with this:

    Frazzled optimism, do not be discouraged. I am the midwife of creativity.,

  6. Kate Michmerhuizen January 28, 2016 at 4:45 pm #

    Powerful ideas, do not pass me by. I am a leader.

  7. Carol January 28, 2016 at 2:32 pm #

    Critical thoughts do not intimidate me. I am an artist.

  8. Christine E January 27, 2016 at 10:38 pm #

    Unformed dreams, do not fear to reveal yourself. I am an artist.

  9. Michelle L January 27, 2016 at 1:36 pm #

    Critical thoughts, be kind. I am an artist.

  10. Wendy January 27, 2016 at 9:07 am #

    Frustrated feelings, do not be so harsh on me. I am only human.

  11. Tessa Wyatt January 27, 2016 at 7:32 am #

    Apprehensive thoughts , do not be nervous of me , I am brave

  12. uli January 27, 2016 at 6:47 am #

    Little darlings come close, for I am a creative fool.

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