🌸 Creative Self-Care: A Personal Mantra
Choosing Your Sacred Phrase
I’ve been on a self-care journey for the past several years & wanted to share what I’ve learned, but in my own creative way. The Creative Self-Care project is all about creativity + wellness. I’m glad you’re here. Please feel free to leave a comment to “check-in” + let me know how you’re doing today. I’ll check in, too.
Today’s creative self-care activity is to make our own “Personal Mantra” sketch.
Here’s a little about what a mantra is from Gaia.
According to Merriam-Webster, a mantra is “a word or phrase that is repeated often or that expresses someone’s basic beliefs.” It originally comes from two Sanskrit words: “man,” meaning mind; and “tra,” meaning vehicle or instrument – a tool to transport the mind from a state of activity to one of stillness and silence.
It’s okay to have several different phrases to use at different times, or to cycle through different ones as needed in your life. I have a collection of mantra phrases I use to help center my thinking depending on the circumstances. These are 10 great examples from this article, “10 Daily Mantras for Self-Love.”
*Click the image below to enlarge it.
Let’s use this black & white blank version above of the outline of a person with a speech bubble. Grab a few colored pencils, your watercolors, some markers, highlighters…whatever you have within easy reach. Or use your phone / tablet’s “mark up” to digitally color.
Choose one short phrase and write it in the speech bubble. Something you can easily memorize and practice reciting this week in times of stress.
Draw yourself inside the person outline. Show yourself being calm and relaxed as you say the mantra.
Visualize yourself and your mantra together. Practice saying your mantra in the mirror a few times. Keep this drawing with you to help you get started.
How Was It?
What words / phrase did you choose for your personal mantra? How did this creative self-care activity make you feel? Let me know in the comments.
This is the artwork I made from today’s activity:
Lupita recites her personal mantra in times of stress. It helps her to remember that there will be ups and downs in life, and especially as a caregiver. The words re-center her attention to a chosen emotion - that of acknowledging the hard work she does and also how much love she has in her life. Hands full. Heart full.
What I’m Reading & Watching
This important video by Andrew Solomon + TEDxMet about his experience with & research on depression.
“The Secret of Healing” Meditation by Deepak Chopra (Hay House). Lovely to listen to if you have some time to rest and close your eyes during the day. Also great in the background as you do household tasks like laundry (my favorite time to listen to this.)
This article in Vogue about a Japanese artist’s flower garden at a museum in Tulum, Mexico. (Sent to me by my hermana, Daniela. ) Such a peaceful feeling.
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