Sunday, November 9, 2014
Bloom Where You Are Planted Mantra
A few weeks ago, I was reading one of my favorite blogs, (never)homemaker, and I discovered the concept of Bloom Where You Are Planted. Apparently, it's sweeping the internet, so I guess I'm a bit behind. This concept resonates with me so much, though. I have spent too much of my post-college years wondering if I've made the right choices and wondering what if. Really though, we should find joy in the life that we've made and in the body we were given.
On Tuesday, my yoga studio started a free meditation class for the entire month of November. This seemed like perfect timing, and I was eager to go to the class. It's taught by one of my favorite yoga teachers, and he really took the pressure off meditating. So often, I will sit down and try to force myself to do 10 - 20 minutes, and it becomes an intense struggle. John, our instructor, gave us the freedom to sit for 1 minute, or two minutes, and if we struggle, we can stop. Just having that freedom makes me want to sit in silence more.
John started our class by reading a beautiful poem by Rumi, then he instructed us on a very simple mantra we could sit with.
I will paraphrase his mantra below:
Breathe In: I summon my body.
Breathe Out: I smile.
Breathe In: I am present in this moment.
Breathe Out: It is a wonderful moment.
As I sat with this mantra a few days later, my mind started to wander to the bloom where you are planted concept. I started to think about all the years I have been low, all the times I wished I could change into a new person. I always felt guilty for this, because I have so many good things in my life. I have a wonderful family, a solid education, a fulfilling job, a comfortable home, incredible friends who love me, and a partner in life that continues to make me laugh uncontrollably and smile as soon as he walks in the room. I have planted a beautiful life, and it's time to bloom into happiness.
So, I created my own mantra and definition to sit with this week. It is as follows:
Breathe In: I plant my seeds
(I develop goals and aspirations for my life)
Breathe Out: I tend to them.
(I make healthy and smart choices in line with those goals)
Breathe In. I bloom where I am planted.
(I recognize that I am being my best self without judging myself against any external standards)
Breathe Out: I am happy.
I will be sitting with this mantra this week and creating happiness in my life.
Do you include meditation in your daily life? Do you have a favorite mantra?