Harnessing Mind Power
How to Create Positive Mental Samskaras
The power of the mind-body is strong. When left unchecked it can be responsible for generating negative self-talk, making up stories and generally causing suffering. It is important to recognize that we (ourselves, our clients and our students) don't have to identify with our thoughts as truth. The direction of our thoughts are constantly shifting and although it is tempting to let the energy of the mind completely define us in that moment, it can lead to great suffering. Mantra practice allows us to harness the power of the mind to relieve our suffering.
I am often helping clients to notice the patterns of their self limiting or negative thoughts. Being able to witness these negative thoughts is the crucial first step. Then drawing from the wonderful work of Byron Katie I invite clients to ask themselves an important question about the thought. "Is it true? Can you be ABSOLUTELY sure the thought is true?" I have done this many times with clients and almost always the answer is "no" which opens up the possibility for something else to exist beyond the thought. We can integrate a mantra in the space that opens up between between the thought and the self. Giving the mind the opportunity to create a positive samskara (sanskrit work meaning 'impression' or 'action').
Here are three of my favorite mantras right now.
No feeling is final - draws from the yoga concept of impermanence, the universal truth that everything is always shifting and changing. When we hold an uncomfortable feeling, that particular moment can feel pervasive and overwhelming. This mantra reminds us that this too is impermanent.
I am already more than enough - Yes! We are all already more than enough. We are divine pure conscious awareness. This is how we were born but sometimes or often we forget our truth.
Nothing is personal - Every aspect of the human experience is completely impersonal. Thorough our own neurosis and attachment to our thoughts, feelings and experiences we overpersonalize. We remember that nothing is personal, a weight is lifted and are expansive again.