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How to Write a Morning Mantra.

Updated on July 11, 2013

Why is a Morning Mantra Important?

A morning mantra can focus you. Often, when we awaken, we are scattered. We are thinking about work, kids, dinner, a doctor's appointment tomorrow and everything else we have to do. We are so busy checking off a mental "to-do" list, it's no wonder we are often exhausted before we have even started! Beginning your day with a morning mantra can affirm your capabilities, remind you what is important and even more! The physical act can ground you. It will give you time to stop and collect your thoughts. It will allow you to breathe and effectively block out all those other thoughts crowding in your head. It will focus you and give you the necessary moment to stop and breathe.

A Mantra!
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What is a Mantra?

A mantra is a word or phrase that is repeated over and over again during meditation. While it is still used that way, more recently, it has taken on a new identity. It has become for many people, a lot like a personal mission statement. Whether you couple it with Yoga, meditation or just say it as a morning routine, a mantra is an affirmation, a statement by which you guide your actions.

Mahatma Gandhi

"The mantra becomes one's staff of life and carries one through every ordeal. Each repitition has a new meaning carrying you nearer and nearer to G-d."

What is your motivation?

Do you have a morning mantra?

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Developing a Mantra.

The first Mantra I wrote was very simple. It was a mix between a prayer and a wishlist. It went something like this:

"Please let my children be healthy and happy and let me be successful."

As you can see, I was requesting these things. After awhile, I changed it up a bit. I began my mantra with what I could do to make my day successful.

"I will have a productive day by being positive and pro-active."

Next step was to make that into a simple statement that would not just ensure a productive day but would embrace the way I wanted to conduct my life. I wanted a statement that I could recite when I was tense. nervous or just needed a reminder of what really matters.

Your morning mantra can be whatever will motivate, inspire, affirm and remind you of your uniqueness!

Think of it as your own slogan or motto, your own personal trademark.

Keep it Simple and Keep it Real

Remember, this is a statement or saying that you will be using to help you to be a better you. Be careful to make it realistic. Try not to over complicate it. The following table will help you to organize your thoughts and priorities. By doing this, you can write or choose a mantra that will suit your own personal needs and lifestyle.

Do you need a kick in the pants or a gentle nudge? Mantras are not "one size fits all."

What kind of mood do I want it to express?
When will I be using it?
To Encourage and guide
As a reinforcement.
Do I want it light?
As a morning mantra.
To give me courage.
As affirmation.
Should it be serious?
To be repeated several times throughout the day.
To give me focus/direction.
To keep me on my toes.
Do I need powerful words?
As a motivator or reminder whenever I need it.
To motivate me or calm me down.
To keep me grounded.
Deciding what type of Mantra will work for you.

How do you know what to include in your Mantra?

Think about it. Think about a "good day" that you have had recently. What made it good? What made it special? What made it different?

Think about a "bad day" you have had recently. What happened there?

While you are thinking about this, keep it personal. Try not to put blame on everyone else for your success or failure. Your happiness is not contigent on others. YOU are responsible for your own expectations and reactions. Use your mantra to help remind you of this!

This would be a great way to start your day!
This would be a great way to start your day! | Source

Watch Grey's Anatomy to see Dr. Shephards famous Mantra.

Some Famous Mantras

  • "Everyday in every way I'm getting better and better."~Laura Silva
  • "Love is the only miracle there is."~Osho
  • "I change my thoughts, I change my world."~Norman Vincent Peale
  • "Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results."~Willie Nelson
  • “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Gandhi

And one of my favorite Mantras.....

"Dare, dream, do."~Walt Disney

Walt Disney in 1938. A man who, without a doubt, followed his mantra!
Walt Disney in 1938. A man who, without a doubt, followed his mantra! | Source

The Morning Mantra as part of the Morning Routine

A morning mantra is a great way to start off your morning routine. It will help get you motivated and inspired. To learn how to incorporate it into a morning routine, please check out my hub, How to start and Stick to a Morning Routine.

What if you can't write your own Mantra?

First, it is YOUR personal mantra. It doesn't matter how it sounds to anyone but you. If you don't feel able to express what you would like to say, then feel free to borrow someone else's Mantra, song, poem or prayer. As long as you are not using it for any publication, you can even mix or match a few and make it your own. The point here is to find words that will encourage and inspire you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great suggestions, Randi. Honestly, I just don't need one...I am focused from the time I eat breakfast to the time I go to bed....just a freak that way. :)

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      But a talented freak, at that!

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Sounds good. Has been a few years but reminds me of Oral Roberts saying "Something good is going to happen to me, this very day!" Whether is did or not it was a great thought to start the day.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      That is a nice way to start the day, Jackie!

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      Jennifer Suchey 3 years ago

      Excellent thoughts on a mantra to make you the best you you can be. (That's a lot of you's!) There are so many aspects in my life I could use a different sort of mantra for. Maybe I should go with the title of a little coffee table book my daughter bought me a couple of years ago ... Everything is going to be okay". ;) Thanks for the hub.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      I have used that exact mantra myself, Jennifer! Sometimes, it is all I can do to keep my head above water!! I do think it is perfectly fine to have more than one mantra, depending on the situation. A mantra for endurance training will probably have some different qualities than one for business.Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

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      catgypsy 3 years ago from the South

      I use mantras all the time and in fact, have them written on notes all over the house! It really does help to see those notes when I'm in a difficult period of my life, which seems to be most of the time lately. We all need encouragement. Nice hub.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Catgypsy! I can always use that burst of energy and confidence it gives me.

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      Jayme Kinsey 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      What a very interesting idea! I suppose I use several of these a day that I make up as the need arises. (either that or I talk to myself too much!) I like the concept of writing a specific one to use over and over. Voting this hub up and useful and more!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much, Sharkye11! I appreciate your comment and votes. I do try to have a "one size fits all" mantra, but, like you, either I talk to myself too much or I need to tailor some for specific situations!

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      It is good to have a positive mantra and to repeat it to yourself from time to time, but when others are around, do it silently. Or you may find yourself living in a rubber room. Trust me.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      lol, drbj, yes, I have been guilty of speaking aloud before...oops!

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      I dont hjave a montra but I will create one and like you say keep it short and simple..:) bless you

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      I have a mantra that I say at night..better move to morning time. I think having a positive statement inside helps the day run more smoothly. Having positive thoughts change your attitude and sometimes that makes you feel like things are changing.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Aw, thank you, Frank! I hope it works well for you :)

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      I agree, Carol. Positive thoughts can make all the difference! Speaking of positive thoughts....we are heading your way on Monday the 29th. I hope you and I will be able to get together.

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      Monday the 29th....Send me your phone number email....I will give you instructions and we can plan..Look forward to thevisit..

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      epigramman 3 years ago

      I have a morning mantra already so great minds do think alike - would you like to hear it?

      Oh Randi babeeeeeeeeeeeee

      Oh Randi babeeeeeeeeeeeee

      Oh Randi babeeeeeeeeeeeee

      Oh Randi babeeeeeeeeeeeee

      Could you fix me breakfast in bed honnnnnnnnnnnn

      Will ya

      Will ya

      Will ya

      Will ya

      and in the nude for poppa

      and in the nude for poppa

      and in the nude for poppa

      and in the nude for poppaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

      (lol)

      I really do love the variation in the theme of your hubs my ravishing Randi and this one really inspired me because of my love for all kinds of music including Gregorian chants.

      I will post and link your awesome work here on FB for all to see including your bio/introduction page as well.

      I sincerely hope all is well with you these days with your two legged and four legged family and I was in the water four times yesterday and will be in 4 times again today because we are having a heat wave this week but what the heck it's mid July already and summer is halfway over - just where does the time go and is it Randi that we are just getting older - or better, lol.

      Sending three big hugs your way Canadian style from Colin, Little Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel at lake erie time 10:45am with first cup of coffee after night shift sleep

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      Robie Benve 3 years ago from Ohio

      Great hub, most inspiring! I'm a believer in the power of positive thinking and how our mood and feelings impact everything we do, but I never thought of having my own morning mantra. This is brilliant! Voted up and awesome, thanks for sharing!

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      sweethearts2 3 years ago from Northwest Indiana

      I think I'll adopt DARE,DREAM,DO at least for awhile. It will be my challenge. Thanks for sharing

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Well, Colin, as you so often do, you leave me without words. How does one answer that?! Thank you, my friend! We are good here, also warm and in the beginning of our crazy monsoon season! Getting ready for the first cup of coffee (dressed! lol) Hugs back to you 3! Stay cool and enjoy the water!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much, Robin and welcome to hub page! I truly appreciate your comment, enthusiasm and votes!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Good luck, sweethearts2! I think that one is my favorite one, too! Thank you for the visit!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      What a great hub!!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much, Audrey!

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      Vicki L Hodges 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I need to do this! I really do. And I need to repeat whatever mantra I choose all day long! I like the table and how you separated out different kinds of mantras to focus on depending on what's needed for that day. Many votes!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much, Victoria! I appreciate your comment and votes. I, too, need to come up with a new mantra too get me through the day! Good luck!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      I cam back to read this one--positive thoughts --especially first thing in the morning--have been on my mind lately--dare, dream do?

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      Pamela Hutson 3 years ago from Moonlight Maine

      I started doing this last year but mine is a bit long. I say to myself, "I release all anger and fear, all pain and sorrow, and walk in the Light and Love of Spirit. Light of Spirit protect me. Love of Spirit enfold me. Remind me that I am the wanted child of a loving Creator, and I was born with a grateful heart."

      I had to start doing it because dead people follow me around. No I'm not psychotic, just a wee bit too open sometimes. Great hub, thanks! :)

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      I'm glad you came back, Audrey! When I do this, I definitely find that it gets me in the right frame of mind. Often, when I am driving to work, and thinking of the millions of things I have to do both at home and at work, I either say a mantra or sing the Black Eyed Peas, "Tonights Gonna be a Good Night." I also recommend Sting' "It's a Beautiful day" It works for Gaby Gifford and look how far she's come! Dare, dream and (definitely) do! Thank you!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      @CR Rookwood, wow! That is a bit different, although I imagine the end result is pretty much the same. Thank you so much for stopping by my hub and for your inriguing comment. I am definitely interested in reading your hubs!

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I used to use a list of affirmations that were personal to me. When I was going through my things a few days ago, I found the index-like cards with the sayings on them, and after reading this I'm inclined to pull them out. It would be nice to have a morning mantra of my own, to inspire and motivate me.

      Thanks for sharing this with us, and have a great day!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Hi Kathryn! I truly want to get into the habit again! THank you so much for stopping by! Have a great day, too!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 3 years ago from West Virginia

      Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, shared on FB. Such a great idea. I love this idea and it's a great way to get motivated. Well done all the way through. I didn't even know what it was, now I do :)

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much, Ricky! I am flattered by your votes and comment! You are way too kind but oh, so appreciated. :-)

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      Lion Child 3 years ago

      This is an amazing way to keep yourself motivated and inspired. I tend to pray and write throughout the day to keep my spirit calm, but this morning mantra is something I'd like to try out. Thank you for teaching me something new!!!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      You are welcome, Lion Child! I appreciate the feedback! Thank you and welcome to my hub! I look forward to reading yours!

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