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Sassy Spring Mantras

Earlier in the spring, I went to a reiki and sound healing session in need of some chill "me" time. During the 45 minutes, I was able to get quiet and be with my thoughts - always an interesting place to go! Well, one phrase kept coming up for me: "chill the fuck out and trust" (sorry if you are offended by the word... but what my mind says, my mind says!). And this affirmation has been a constant companion over the last month.

Are you too an over-thinker?! Yep, same. Here's what I realized working with this mantra, repeating it in my head often. When I begin to question why things aren't going how I want them to go, if I can pause and come back to the idea of relaxing and trusting, something inside me changes. Repeating it to myself and soften into the idea. An my mind does this little trick. It brings me into reality and I ask, what is fact versus what is a story I tell myself. It reminds me of all the good things that have happened, that have worked out. I go through a montage of things I am grateful for and the little reminders from the universe that I am being supported and am not alone.

There is a lot of power in having a simple affirmation that we can repeat to ourselves to refocus and mitigate some of the over-thinking. We can also use a symbol the same way. For me, the biggest reminder is the moon. When I am feeling stressed or anxious, she always seems to be there when I look up. One specific time was in February 2020 when I had just taken the longest flight of my life to Uruguay and was walking around the city of Montevideo alone. If you know me, you know I don't love to fly. Also, I had just received more responsibility at work (that I didn't want nor got paid for) and was really questioning what I wanted with life. I felt pretty lost - both from being tired in a foreign city and my overall direction. Then I looked up. In my mind, I can still see that moon in the sky. Reminding me I would figure some stuff out when it was time and be okay. I have lots of other examples of the moon and me meeting up, being this symbol to chill and trust. It means so much to me, I got a tattoo of the moon on my shoulder the day after I ended my 17 year career in marketing.

If you take some time to think about it, is there something that pops up when you are feeling down? A symbol, a phrase, a memory, a song - anything really. It may not seem obvious at first, but if you pause and start to pay attention, you may have your own "moon" continually showing up. Or you may create your own reminder and affirmation to "chill the fuck out and trust". Something simple to return to, to come back to the present and home to yourself.

One of times the moon reminded me to chill and trust in Nosara, Costa Rica
The moon - always reminded me to chill and trust

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