A few years ago, when the phrase “YOU CAN DO IT” was used by Nike and repeated by lots of others, I decided to adopt it for my own. I know, a mantra is supposed to be “OHM” and to be chanted in the Lotus position. I cannot achieve that asana, haven’t been able to since my knee surgery several years ago. I still do it, but a modified version. However, my own personal Yoga session just involves deep breathing and an attempt at mind-clearing, no mantra.
|A jade Buddha my husband brought home from Korea|
So where did I use YOU CAN DO IT? At the end of each journal entry. I call them my Daily Pages, which I got from…somewhere. I do them M-F so I don’t feel like I have to write them every day. It’s my log book, part diary, part what I’ve accomplished in the last day (or weekend), and what I hope to get done that day. It’s the first thing I do in my work day, so the exhortation at the end of my writing serves to propel me into and through the day.
|Laughing Buddha also from Korea (he squeaks when you push his belly)|
This mantra served me well when I went through a period where I thought I might not be able to do it. During my husband’s decline and after his death, it helped to tell myself that every day.
|Prayer stick my son and daughter-in-law left for my husband in Thailand|
|The temple in Thailand|
Before that, I used things like PERSIST and ONWARD. I started YCDI in 2010, actually, and kept it for a long time. Intermittently I used DON’T QUIT NOW, YOU'RE ON THE WAY, GOING GOOD, LET'S GO! In 2014, I used OFF TO THE RACES, since that was the Year of the Horse. I used some others for the Chinese years, coming back to YCDI.
In 2019 I used these two:
KEEP GOING. DO NOT STOP. DO NOT HURRY.
BREATHE. REST, RECOVER, REFLECT
|Full moon in May|
This year I’m using:
TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF
And this one from, which my friend Daryl Wood Gerber tells me a lot:
|My tea in a cup from a trip to see my cousin in Seattle|
I know, that’s not really what a mantra is, but it’s mine and I call it that.
What do you do to encourage yourself? To get you through the day?
All photos are mine.