In the midst of a toddler moment that sends my frustration through the roof, I remind myself that I need to center myself and calm down. She’s 4, I’m the adult, except all I want to do is join her in this fit. I take a deep breath, and I start to think about what I love about being a mom. Now, don’t get me wrong, sometimes I just need to walk away and scream into a pillow in another room. But I would rather have some thoughts, some peace-bringing mantras, that I could think or say to myself during stressful times.
I first stumbled upon the term mama mantra when I was making homemade baby food for my first daughter. I was using a book called, “Organically Raised,” by Anni Daulter. It’s a wonderful guide to feeding your children, and throughout the book she adds these sweet mama mantras, such as “I want my baby to grow, healthy, strong, and happy” and “My baby is growing into who she is meant to be, and I am so grateful to be her mother.” I loved making baby food for my first daughter, and partly because these thoughts brought me such joy and and peace.
So, I just recently had a thought – What if I write some of my own mama mantras? SO, I did! First, I set out to find out more about what a mantra really is, and I stumbled on this very interesting information:
The word mantra has two parts: man, which is the root of the Sanskrit word for mind; and tra, which is the root of the word instrument. A mantra is therefore an instrument of the mind, a powerful sound or vibration that you can use to enter a deep state of meditation. – from Chopra Center Meditation
I wanted the mantras I created to be centered on motherhood, and also, simple. Here’s what I came up with:
- I am a great mother!
- I am grateful for the opportunity to raise my children!
- I will never give up on giving my children my best!
- I choose to be patient!
- I am blessed!
- I am calm, relaxed, and peaceful!
Sorry for all the exclamation points (not sorry, I love them!).
Then, I decided, it wasn’t just enough to write them, so I printed them on some thick card stock. I cut them out and glued them onto some more colorful card stock.
I currently have them at my work area, but I’m going to hang them in my kitchen or bedroom, or maybe both places! I plan to use these mantras to calm me when I feel frustrated, center me when I feel overwhelmed, and bring me joy whenever I see them. I’m giving you my mantras here – it’s a simple printable, but it’s not meant to be fluffy. It’s meant to get you right to where you need to be. Motherhood is a joy, a blessing, and a gift. Let’s center ourselves on some good stuff for awhile.
Comment below with any other mantras you can think of – I’d love to hear them. Or take pictures of these mantras hanging in your house somewhere and show me!