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Mantra for Monday no. 98
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Today's Mantra was was triggered by a status on Facebook that was posted by a lady on a page I follow. The post started and finished as follows: 

"One Little Word for 2014. For the last 7 years I've chosen a word that emcompasses my desires, hopes and goals for the upcoming year. A word that has meaning, that I can fall back on in times of need and push me to move forward and better myself...

...Just putting this out there to see if anyone wants to join in? Just pick a word that speaks to you. One that will help you move forward in 2014

I loved the idea and the sentiment behind the post, as well all the inspiring comments from others that were beginning to grow beneath.  So I thought for a few minutes and this is my word, and my comment:

'Embrace'

...Embrace both my strengths and weaknesses, embrace my family and appreciate their differences, embrace the unknown, embrace fear and do it anyway, embrace life and everything it throws at me. I have many scary and exciting times ahead of me as I finish two courses and set up my business but instead of being scared and overwhelmed as I've felt so many times this year I want to embrace these feelings and run with it wherever it takes me.

What word would you choose to take forward with you into 2014?

 

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A Mantra for Monday no. 4

Sometimes I wish I would just take my own advice….and believe it!

Even though we are no longer together the Boy still has a daily influence on my life, my thoughts and a way of being that I still seek to understand. I still have a lot of growing to do…so do we all, it never stops.

‘You are already good enough’, was a phrase he often used to stop me in my tracks, to quieten me at times when I was getting fraught and frenzied about all the things I hadn’t done…felt I should try to be, felt I could have done better.

I had no comeback line. My ‘buts’ faltered short and I had no reply. Those words released me, forced me to see that, well, maybe he was right.

Be content with who you are…right here…right now. 

Accept and grow from all decisions and experiences which take place every day. Through acceptance you experience true freedom.

Easy to say, those lovely peaceful poetic words…blah, blah, blah. I’ll be honest and admit that at times I’m prone to casting those words aside as well. Generally it’s when I’m feeling defensive, when I know that it’s true but I just can’t admit that I’m really beating myself up about insignificant things, giving myself a hard time for no good reason. I guess I almost feel ashamed.

Constantly striving for goals without appreciating what you already have is a fruitless and negative experience. By all means set goals and challenges, but enjoy the journey and don’t obsess over achievement, deadlines, and the end result. Enjoy that when you get there…and you will get there…but throughout the process be content with who you are and understand that you are already good enough.

You are a living, breathing human being...a miracle of nature.

We all take our place here on earth for granted. 

Now, sometimes I catch myself when I’m getting a little crazy, getting all het up in my little bubble of negativity. It doesn’t always work and I probably always will be my own worst critic, but reminding yourself of those words can help. It forces a reality check and allows you to enjoy simply being. Just be in that moment and embrace it, for you are already good enough.

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