Find Your True North

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Mantra When Life Gets Tough

It may sound trite, but I really do believe that “everything happens for a reason.”

When I’ve been sidelined by injuries while training, it taught me a lot about adjusting my approach to workouts and has made me a better runner over the years.

Nothing worthwhile comes easy, so earning those personal records the hard way makes them all the more rewarding.

Jennifer Hellickson

I am exactly where I’m supposed to be right now.

I usually look to mantras when I’m feeling like I’m needing more. ‘More’ means lots of things depending on the situation: more support, more encouragement, more education, more experience, more reassurance, more confidence, more patience…the list is an endless rabbit hole of sentiments that express the same worry that we aren’t able to handle what’s thrown at us in life. The fact of the matter is, in any given moment, we’ve got what we’ve got and that’s it…

Cat Acquaviva

Don’t wish for it, work for it.

This quote really resonates with me because I truly believe that you can achieve anything if you put in the work.

So many people have wish lists that they never end up completing in their lives.

Everyone should gain the confidence to turn their wish list into a reality.

Christine Abramo

Pratipaksha bhavanam. Cultivate the opposite.

Or, as rumor has it Mr. Iyengar once said: Sit in a different chair.

Molly O’Neill

“There will come a day that you cannot do this. Today is not that day.”

I found this mantra before I started training for my first marathon, and my mom had just been diagnosed with a neurodegenerative muscle disease.

I felt like as she was losing her ability to move her body, I had to take full advantage of that privilege.

It reminds me to do everything I can when I can and never take my health for granted.

Jana Ross

“I focus on what is working.”

Because I’m pretty sensitive and have a tendency to overthink things or internalize more than I need to – teaching myself to mentally and vocally speak in a more productive and loving tone has been a deeply rewarding practice

Aarona Ganesan

Every time I get sick, I repeat the mantra “I am healthy – I am happy” over and over again.

It’s so easy to become mentally miserable and repeat “I’m sick” instead. So I play tricks on my body and make it listen to my mind.

And even if I don’t get physically healthy right away at least I am making myself feel better because of this thought.

Rina Jakubowicz

Happiness equals reality minus expectations.

I love this because it reminds us to drop our expectations moment to moment and embrace how good life really is.

Mary Beth LaRue

“You are not your thoughts.”

I learned this from the book The Untethered Soul and when I start to have negative thoughts or anxiety, I remind myself to be an observer rather than let what’s happening in my head consume me.

Our inner critic can be very convincing but it’s important to take a step back and recognize that those thoughts are not always the truth.

Kate Buntenbach

“If the door doesn’t open for you, it’s not your door.”

I love this mantra.

I’ve had several experiences where I thought my desire and experience were enough to open a particular door.

Over time I learned again and again that as much as I think I know what’s best for me, the universe always provides a bigger and better door to walk through.

When I lose out on an opportunity I had hoped for, instead of staying upset, I am now more eager to see what else is coming my way!

Jen Elliott

“What drains your spirit, drains your body. What fuels your spirit, fuels your body.” ­
-Caroline Myss

This gets me through because it stops me from chasing after my complex mind and settles me into simplicity.

I literally stop myself and ask, “Chelsey­­, what would fuel your spirit right now?”

And I do that. Simple. ;)

Chelsey Korus

Life is too short to be serious all of the time.

If you can’t laugh at yourself, you’re missing out on the simplicity and joys of humanity.

It’s okay to f*** up now and again.

Learn from it, laugh at it, and move on!

Alli Forsythe

Rarely are you going to find a “one size fits all” mantra that covers every tough situation.

I think a better approach is just BELIEVE IN YOURSELF.

It’s far more important to rely on a deep-seated self-confidence and belief that you are, in fact, awesome, than to rely on a set of specific words. Find something about you that makes you feel proud and awesome, and use that to accomplish other goals.

Ann Mazur

Each day is a new opportunity to start again.

Even if you need to start all over, you know at least you are not giving up.

Nadia Ruiz

You are Divine!

This came from a time of a very toxic relationship where I began to disconnect from my power center and true self.

I placed this mantra on my bathroom mirror the day after I left the relationship and moved into my new place.

Over four years later, I still use it as a reminder to my divine qualities.

Faith Hunter

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