Do you ever feel like you wake up with certain ideas about the way the day is going to go- whether that be the mood you’re going to be in, how you’re going to interact with your siblings, how high your energy levels will be… But then nothing seems to go your way? As if the universe just did not listen or follow your mental plan (rude) and decided to throw a bunch of obstacles at your to completely put you off track? Like how you woke up thinking you were going to be nicer to your younger sibling today, but by breakfast they’re already driving you NUTS and you’re yelling at them before you even know what happened. Or you know you need to be more focused and present in school so you can actually figure out what on earth your math teacher is talking about but all of a sudden, the bell rings and you realize you’ve been daydreaming all of fourth period (oops). Yeah, we know how that feels.
What if we told you that we had a simple little hack that would make the universe bow down and react exactly how you wanted it to? You could be in total control of yourself, your emotions and your surroundings… like a witch but way cooler. Well, do we have the answer for you!!
Here we’re going to take you step-by-step through what mantras and intentions are, and how to use them to become your most powerful self. This way, when you wake up feeling like you’re going to be nicer to your younger sibling, you actually make it to dinnertime with both of you smiling and happy. Or when you want to be focused and present at school, you come out of 4thperiod realizing you actually might understand what algebra is (that would be a miracle).
Before you can set an intention (and WAY before you set your mantra), you have to first become aware of what’s going on in your life, so that you can determine what you want to focus on and improve. Effectively, you’re focusing on yourself to determine what is, and what is not, working. For example, you may begin to notice you’re consistently complaining about something, or that you’re repeatedly doing something you end up regretting. Bam! These are the things you want to change, and what you will focus on in Step 2…
The biggest difference between a goaland an intention, is that a goalis a specific achievement that you will work towards in the future, while an intention is a general mindset that you want to incorporate into the present.
For example, a goalwould be wanting to get an A in math class, while an intention would be wanting to be more present and focused on tasks at hand, aka more focused and present in math class (and every other area of your life), which will likely help you achieve your goal of getting an A!
Intentions are more “being” oriented rather than “achievement” oriented. How do you want to feel? How do you want to act? What energies do you want to manifest into your life? Intentions are effectively energetic starting points for goals.Here are some important questions to ask when setting your intentions:
Remember, you can (and should) set multiple intentions for different areas of your life! You may even find that there is a common theme running through them. Finally…
Mantras are used to put your intentions into words and to tell the universe what you want. The word Mantra can be broken down into two parts: “man”, meaning the mind, and “tra”, meaning transport or vehicle. Therefore, a mantra is just a vehicle of the mind, allowing your thoughts to be more powerful than ever! To make it even simpler, mantras are your way of telling the universe exactly what you want to happen, so that the universe can respond and makeit happen. The universe is on your side, we promise!!
Saying a mantra is like planting a seed, which then grows into a flower- and that’s your intention! Repeating a mantra out loud reminds you of your intention and allows you to become focused and centered, even when there is chaos all around!
In order to come up with your mantra, choose the first words that come to your mind when you think of your intention. They can be anything! The universe loves clarity. Mantras are super personal, but here we’re going to give you some general examples of mantras that you can use to create your own.
Let’s say your intention involves surround yourself with friends who contribute positively to your life. You could use a mantra like:
“Be with those who bring out the best in you, not the stress in you”… Catchy, right?
OR, if you’re working on releasing stress and trying to be less anxious about the stuff you can’t control, try something like:
“Be a warrior, not a worrier”.
“Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today”.
One last example is if your intention focuses on building your self-esteem and being more confident in yourself, you could use something like:
“Confidence is something you create within yourself by believing in who you are”.
So now that you have a mantra, you have to use it! Here’s how:
You can use a mantra at any and all times of the day. We would recommend doing it first thing in the morning before you go to school, and then at any other times during the day when you feel you need it. When you are getting ready to repeat your mantra, clear your mind and center yourself. Take a few deep breaths, and set your intention to remind yourself why you are using your mantra. Start saying your mantra, either out loud or internally, and continue to breathe deeply. You can say it as many or as few times as you like, however much you feel you need to connect to the deeper meaning behind the mantra.
TA DA!! You have officially spoken to the universe!! And when spoken to, the universe always speaks back. With these intentions and mantras, you are on your way to creating exactly the kind of life you want, complete with good grades in math, better relationships with your siblings, increased self-confidence, and more!!
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