5 Mantras for an Engaged Life of “Being”

“Being” is not an abstract idea, but rather the embodiment of how we engage with the world around us. Being is the innate unchanging virtue – the heart – of everything.

Yet, we tend to only focus on the doing, going, and getting in life. Plans for the future and thoughts of the past fill our head space, and distract us from truly being in the moment. Take a break to dive into the heart of life, and reflect on the inspiring nature of these 5 Mantras about being.

Life Consists Entirely of the Present Moment

Be Here

To be alive is to totally and openly participate in the simplicity and elegance of here and now.

Donald Altman

If you truly realize the significance of that statement, your life is never not in this moment. Even when you remember the past, you can only remember it now. When you think about the future, you can only think about it now. So, why live as if the present moment were an obstacle in the way and that needs to be overcome to get to some better point? Which will probably never arrive. It’s a mad way to live, and it forces one to expend even more energy (often put into worry) just to live. Remember to resist the temptation to be “over there.” Chances are, you’re not missing anything more meaningful and impactful than what is here and now.

 

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu

Be Happy & Free

May all beings everywhere be happy and free; may my thoughts, words and actions contribute in some way to the happiness and freedom of all.
Unknown Author

Repeat this mantra and you focus on what it means to you and how you can embody these words in your daily life.

Lokah: location, realm, all universes existing now.
Samastah: all beings sharing that same location.
Sukhino: centered in happiness and joy, free from suffering.
Bhav: the divine mood or state of unified existence.
Antu: may it be so, it must be so (antu used as an ending here transforms this mantra into a powerful pledge).

Softness is a Beautiful Thing

Be Soft

“Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.”
Author Unknown

It can be hard to stay soft without feeling vulnerable in this rough world, but don’t let external conditions harden your edges or let bitterness steal your sweetness. Spreading your gentleness and love over cold aggression and intolerance, even in simple ways, is a great feat.

 

Take A Seat In The Center of Your Darling Self

Be Still

The answers you seek never come when the mind is busy, they come when the mind is still, when silence speaks loudest.
Author Unknown

Rest your belly, your breath, your heart, and the silence and stillness of your soul. You may come to find that the quieter you become the more you are able to hear.

 

Blessed Are The Curious, For They Shall Have Adventures

Blessed Are The Curious, For They Shall Have Adventures

The constant happiness is curiosity.
Alice Munro

Curiosity is about exploring our connection with the world. It’s about seeing what’s over that next hill or what’s behind that strange door. By satisfying our curious cravings, we get a fresh perspective on the things that fuel our growth and inspire our soul. Explore, take left turns, follow your gut, and let your curiosity become your life compass.

 

As you carry on with your day and feel your breath naturally move in and out, let yourself simply be.
Nothing to change, nothing to fix, just to be.

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