I have a beautiful new friend in my life that I am simply adoring getting to know. She's smart, funny, authentic and dynamic; a gem of a lady I'm so happy to have recently been introduced to!
The other day we were emailing back and forth about this, that and the other when the topic of mental mantras came up. I told my sweet new friend that these days when I feel anxiety or anger or frustration building up over a person/scenario I simply say Trish, honey, choose love. The motivation behind this is to simply remind myself (gently remind myself) that while I cannot control another person or the outcome of most scenarios, I can control myself. I can control to choose love over all else; I have the ability to shift my perspective in the moment, to create peace in my mind and heart.
I'd love for you to read her perfect reply (shared with permission):
"The mantra I've been working on (since yesterday...) is "I love you. I'm sorry. I release you. Thank you." It's an ancient Hawaiian practice of forgiveness called Ho'oponopono. Not sure if you've heard of it, but the teachings are similar to the Secret in that everything you experience you have actually attracted to your life so when things go wrong in life it's a reflection of something in you that you need to fix and the only way to do it is by loving yourself. I tell myself "I love you". "I'm sorry" (for whatever hurt is inside me that is causing this unpleasantness in my outside world). I added "I release you" (they say to say "Please forgive me" but when I ask for forgiveness from someone I still berate myself after the fact even if the other person has "forgiven" me- so instead of asking myself for forgiveness and feeling bad that I even did something that requires I seek forgiveness, I'm working on releasing myself so I can move on) and then "Thank you." :) "
How beautiful is that? So simple and yet so powerful.
I love you.
I release you.
Just a little mantra food for thought :)