As the summer season slowly takes hold, we begin another period of transition and growth. It’s a time of brightness and warmth, a time of freedom and jubilance, and a time of adventure and relaxation. It’s the season where the seemingly normal stresses of daily life tend to melt away. Vacations, time with family, and long sunny days dominate the calendar, giving everyone a much needed reprieve from the hustle and bustle of “normal” life.
Summer is also a great time to meditate on specific mantras. Mantras are words or phrases we repeat to help center our minds and focus on specific ideas. Here are some mantras to consider this summer:
Mantra #1: I am beautiful.
It’s not just for vanity – this mantra carries with it a powerful message for those who may feel the unnecessary pressure to change or hide their appearances with the summer season. Swimsuit season in the United States is extremely popular, but for some, the season’s fashion trend can feel crippling and insurmountable, simply due to the difference of body type. Meditate on this mantra and remember that you are beautiful because you are you. Change not for others, but because you want to or feel good doing so. Never let guilt or embarrassment rule your sense of self-worth.
Mantra #2: Let it go.
Another simple, yet powerful mantra, and it’s especially important as the summer also brings something else with it: heat. Traffic at beaches, in the city, or to destination spots, combined with heat and noisy passengers can sometimes be overwhelming. Similarly, it can feel at times – in the depth of summer heat – that everything is debilitating. Use this mantra to cool your mind and help detach yourself from the magma that is summer heat induced frustration.
Mantra #3: I deserve this.
For many, removing yourself from work and engaging yourself in play is a lot of, well, work. We can feel obligated to continue working, spending time on the computer, and “grinding” away at our daily tasks. Surely this is honor in this, but remember that taking a break, relaxing, and spending time with loved ones is essential, especially during the summer, when family is back home and out of school. Repeat this mantra and remember that your life and happiness is worth cultivation – you deserve it.
Mantra #4: When the time is on you, start, and the pressure will be off.
In Sanskrit, this mantra reads “Gobinday, mukanday, udaaray, aaparay, hareeung, kareeung, nirnaamay, akaamay” and translates literally into “Sustainer, Liberator, Enlightener, Infinite, Destroyer, Creator, Nameless, Desireless.” The mantra is meant to balance the mind and body, and help you realize that the first step to relieving the pressure you feel from your tasks is simply to start on them. Too often, we become overburdened with the thought alone of what we must do. The steps seem numerous, and the pressure we feel from our obligations can plunge us into stress. During the summer months, this can ruin days and weeks, stall or prevent plans, and ultimately zap the energy of growth this season naturally carries with it. Simply remember that by starting on your tasks, you begin to pry away this pressure. Work slowly, and do not worry about anything beside completing the first parts of what must be done.
Practice Positivity this Summer
With these mantras in mind, remember to angle and direct yourself toward positivity this summer. Embrace the light and warmth of the season – absorb this powerful energy, and use it within you to grow, relax, and cherish the moments the world provides.