Happy New Year! As I embrace a new year, I was thinking about motivation, specifically motivation to leave a warm and comfortable bed in the morning. Anyone who knows me, knows that I enjoy sleeping and love getting extra minutes of sleep. As I continue on the journey towards living out my dreams, I sometimes find myself feeling discouraged in the morning because I do not always enjoy waiting long periods of time without knowing if my efforts were fruitful. Anyone else feel that way?
I know that I need to embrace waiting and that this discomfort is a sure sign that I need to pray and meditate more frequently. Thus, I started meditating for ten-minutes in the morning and found that this has improved my outlook on the waiting season. Through meditation, I realized that hope is what motivates me each day. As I was meditating on hope, I was reminded of the following scripture in Jeremiah 29 verse 11.
‘For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the LORD, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster to give you a future and a hope.’ — Jeremiah 29:11 AMP
The Lord gives each of us a future and a hope, which I believe is given to us daily. Thus, I was motivated to remind myself of this promise and gift by using a mantra during my morning meditation. My mantra for this week is “I am hopeful.” I am hopeful for my future, for the present day, for the joys and miracles yet to come, and for the obstacles that are sent to teach me. I encourage you think about what you are hopeful for today and for the year 2018.
If you are not familiar with a mantra, a mantra is a word, phrase or sound that is repeated during prayer or meditation. In addition to using the mantra during meditation or prayer, I like to say mantras throughout the day. This helps me during uncomfortable and comfortable moments, to see the gift in each moment. I have discovered that although I may not enjoy the current situation, I am thankful for it, because I am alive to experience it. It also helps me to see the current situation more clearly, beyond thoughts and emotions.
If you would like to incorporate this mantra, please use the following steps and feel free to modify them to your liking.
Set a timer on your cellphone (in do not disturb mode) or clock, this will enable you to focus on the mantra, your breath and your mind. Then, sit in a comfortable seat, with your hands on your knees palms faced up (to receive energy) or down (to stay grounded), your spine straight, and your gaze soft. Take three cleansing breaths, by taking a deep inhalation for a count of six or eight then exhaling completely for the same count. On your next natural inhalation, you can incorporate the mantra into your ten-minute meditation. During your natural inhalation, say in your mind “I am hopeful,” then exhale naturally. Repeat the same mantra with each natural inhalation throughout the meditation.
If you use mantras during prayer or meditation, please share them below! Also, if you try using this mantra, please let me know how you feel.
I hope you live well in 2018 and live your best life!
PHOTO: Overlooking Hout Bay in Cape Town, South Africa