What do you know of the magical mind power of mantra? A mantra can be a single word, or a sound, or even a full statement; it’s meant to be frequently repeated as a means to aid concentration; direction of thought. Mantra is most typically linked to yoga practice, however, mantra can be practiced by anyone, anywhere, at anytime. It’s a tool for self-guidance.
Mantras are known to hold cosmic vibrations that can bring about personal transformation. Repetition of statements such as: “I am ______” (fill in the blank) help emphasize your being in the NOW. I have personally felt and witnessed the power of mantra in myself and my students and as well as with my daughters.
At times, I witness my daughters’ struggle with confidence and self-esteem. If I hear them say I can’t, I immediately ask them to repeat after me and say: I can, I CAN. I will, I WILL. This is one of the main reasons I love to teach a program called willPower for girlPower®, an exercise program which enhances self-confidence for girls ages 8-18.
willPower for girlPower® has a powerful mantra we all can learn from: I am strong, I am confident and I can do anything I set my mind to. Not only is this a great mantra for school-aged girls, it’s an effective mantra for anyone looking to overcome fear, doubt, and a lack of self-esteem. It’s perfect fuel for reaching goals.
I used the girlPower® mantra in every girlPower session I’ve taught over this past summer. We formed a “girlPower huddle” in which ten 8-10 year olds would huddle up and say the mantra out loud together. It was this mantra along with unwavering willPower and determination that led 10-year-old Bella to hold a a 5-minute plank, and then to try out for the travel softball team (in spite of not making the team last year). Bella’s Mom claims: “willPower for girlPower® is an excellent motivational program that helps build self-esteem and confidence that young girls can use throughout their lives.”
Mantra is also useful for beyond hefty physical and athletic aspirations. One Mom shared her daughter’s story: she had always been scared to go on the “big” rides at the amusement park… until this year. After a few weeks of willPower for girlPower® and repeatedly practicing our girlPower mantra, Carissa, age 8, repeated the mantra to herself as she stood on line for her first roller-coaster. Carissa’s Mom was in awe that she was able to talk her self into it! Carissa overcame her own fear.
At home, I keep a marker-board in the kitchen, and each week I always display the willPower word of the week and a quote or mantra. I work with the determination that my girls grow up understanding the power of mantras and positive thinking. This is just one very small step in a very big journey – but every step really does count.