Yesterday, my massage therapist, who I think of as a true healer, came over to work on my uncomfortably tight lower back. After she inspected my sacral region, her questions shifted to my mental and emotional health. As the chaos of the previous weekend spilled out, I started to make the connection. A large part of my discomfort had been brought on by stress. She asked if I was still practicing yoga, to which I proudly replied ‘yes,’ but then she asked me a question I wasn’t prepared for: “What’s your mantra?” Suddenly, I was a kid in school who hadn’t done her homework. I didn’t have a mantra. I wasn’t even sure what a mantra was, or what I was supposed to do with one. Luckily, my therapist is a great teacher, too. By the end of our 60 minute session, my pain was gone, I had a mantra, and I knew how to use it. At least once a day—and any time I feel stressed—I am to breathe in deeply while thinking “I am at peace,” then exhale slowly while silently reciting “My creativity flows freely.” I am confident that my new mantra will help my body and mind to function more efficiently and peacefully. I think of it as a decadent piece of dark chocolate that I can pull out of my pocket any time I need a little something to take the edge off—only it’s calorie-free. Namaste.
“Namaste”–Pen and Watercolor–from my sketchbook