Still trying to get the hang of this, says girl with over 700 posts.
The word 'mantra' is close to the portuguese word to describe a light blanket 'manta', and it seems fitting to think of a mantra as something that you can use to wrap around yourself, to make you feel secure and protected from the outside world, something that comforts you.
Instead of a mantra I seem to have songs on loop in my head. My brain appears to be hypersensitive to musical patterns and even words - sometimes I hear a word somewhere and that immediately reminds me of a song with that word included and my brain starts reproducing it. Hey, I don't need an i-pod, what can I say? ;)
According to the Wikipedia the mantra is a sound, syllable, word, or group of words that are considered capable of "creating transformation" - the songs on a loop in my head certainly don't contribute to such thing, unless getting irritable is a transformation, but you also have to lookout for the negative mantra. What is it? It's that voice inside your head that keeps repeating things that are not positive for you - self-defeatist, pessimistic and many times involuntary comments we hear inside our heads. We would probably benefit from replacing these with a good mantra. A nice, soft and summery blanket.
still adjusting to my old blogging shoes...
*completely forgot where I got that photo from but it's not mine.