I have a little poster I made and taped to my closet door where I can see it when I open my eyes in the morning. I call it the Mantra of Life. It says…
I am safe.
I am calm.
I am awake.
I am nourished.
I am Freedom.
I am overflowing with Light.
I am overflowing with Warmth.
I am overflowing with Tone.
I am overflowing with Force.
I am Love.
You can download it by clicking the link here:
(When you get to the page click the image and it will pop up in another page for downloading and printing.)
My seven-year old grandson, Edon, spent the night last week. I saw him curled up in his sleeping bag in the morning looking at the poster and asked him what he was doing. He responded by reading out loud the words on my poster (he struggled with nourished). Then he stood up and said “I am Freedom. I am Love. I like that!!!” I hope he never forgets that feeling.
So print the poster, print several. (Or create your own version!) Put it where you can see it around your home and at work. Put it where your children and grandchildren can see it. Talk about it. Ask yourself and others what was missing in the day and why. What you each want to focus on and why. What you want to celebrate and why. You will find freedom and love dancing in your soul.
You are capable of living fully in these eight qualities of life, but it will need your attention and an attitude of self-awareness. Remember always what Shakespeare’s Juliet says “My bounty is as boundless as the sea,” Your freedom is as boundless as the sky. Your love is as boundless as the sea.
Here is why the “Mantra of Life” is so powerful.
When you are Freedom you experience equanimity in body and soul as a state of being. Imagine your soul: your thinking, feeling and willing functioning in a state of being safe, calm, awake and nourished. Imagine your body: your immune system feeling safe in confronting any threat of disease; your endocrine system feeling a centered calm and lacking any agitation or anxiety; your nervous system feeling rested, aware and awake not knowing any over-stimulation or boredom; and your digestive system feeling well-fed and no hunger.
I often ask my clients if they felt safe, calm, awake and nourished in their early years which can bring to the surface the root of the challenges to freedom in their well-being, their relationships and in their work.
When you are Love, life is overflowing. Eros is not about sexual love… it is about enlivening love. Life from a spiritual perspective arises from the dance of the Four Life Ethers: Light, Warmth, Tone and Force. Light illuminates your being with Divine Beauty. Warmth radiates your being with Cosmic Energy. Tone resonates your being with Universal Harmonies. Force generates your being with Earthly Presence. Think of the beauty, energy, harmony and presence you bring to all of your life…this is enlivening love.
At our core, you and I overflow with these ethers, but we forget this. When remembering how we overflow with the Life Ethers we become flowing Love. Imagine this feeling of being Love. Oh, how we need this in our times of hatred and fear. Here you can contemplate your childhood, your relationships and your work and see if light, warmth, tone and force are living in these aspects of your life. If not, love is weak or absent and fear and hatred can take its place.
Using the Mantra of Life as a meditation can be deeply restorative. It can bring a new consciousness, compassion and courage to your daily life, the healing of your past and the empowerment of your future. Imagine organizing and designing your life using these eight qualities.
Even organizations and communities can use the Mantra of Life to keep the organization/community, its mission and its coworkers, alive with Freedom and Love. I have a workshop, Nurturing Aliveness, available for your group. If you would like to know more about this workshop email me.
Just for fun… I have a mug available on Zazzle that has “I am safe, calm, awake, nourished” on it for your morning coffee and your afternoon tea. https://www.zazzle.com/imagine_self