This week my fiance S. and I needed to go visit our wedding officiant to discuss our ceremony. These meetings are usually part discussion of ceremony, and part discussion about our relationship. Our relationship is solid, but the one thing the officiant stated was that I shouldn’t care whether other people accept me or not as a person. He actually gave me a mantra. The mantra is “Accept Me or Forget You”.
Mantras have always been an integral part in my yoga practice. My favorite mantra in yoga is “I Accept the Things I Cannot Change.” This mantra has always been an important part of why I practice yoga. It is the time in my practice where I let everything go, including worrying about what other people think. It’s the time of the day where I understand that my response to the things that I cannot change is the only action I can control. I try to take this clarity with me throughout my day.
On the car ride home, I kept thinking about what our officiant said. I understood the truth behind the statement, but I didn’t feel that it was true all the time. It took me a couple of minutes to put the pieces together. In my everyday life the mantra “Accept Me or Forget You” makes send, but in my yogi life, it does not.
The yoga community is where I feel acceptance all the time. I never worry about other people’s thoughts. But the yoga community is also a place where I don’t forget about other yogis. It’s a place where I send positive energy to other people, no matter what.
Readers, what mantras make sense in your everyday life? What mantras make sense in your yoga/workout life? I would love to know!