I really believe in the power of the words we tell ourselves. Our inner monologues have so much influence over how we feel and what we’re projecting to the people closest to us.
I’m often scrawling sayings or quotes on our family chalkboard, and usually, without me even realizing it, the words I write are a direct effort to stifle the ugly voice that sometimes intrudes.
I hope these printable mantras will help you and me both develop a kinder inner monologue and live more wholeheartedly every day.
Print as many copies as you’d like, cut them out and stick them around the house, in your purse, on the sun visor of your car—wherever! Mantra-attack your house, or slow it down a bit and choose one per week.
1. No grit, no pearl
For the week you know is going to wear you out!
2. Only love today
Borrowed from the Hands Free Mama. So simple and beautiful and powerful!
3. Today I will move at a child’s pace
For the mom who needs more patience (is there a mom who doesn’t??), or who simply wants to be there more with her kids. This one is really effective for me! It helps me see the world through their eyes instead of hurrying them straight by it.
4. Being and Enjoying, not Wishing and Wanting
“Wishing and wanting instead of being and enjoying. I have decided that I don’t want to do [life] that way.” Anna Quinlan
5. Err in the direction of kindness
From a commencement address by author George Saunders. Think of it this way: Kindness to those around us, kindness to our families, kindness to ourselves.
6. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it
Rohld Dahl. That guy knows what’s up. And it reminds me of an amazing TED talk and all the feelings I have that go with it. 🙂 Carry on, magic seekers.
7. Heart and eyes wide open
A simple phrase for the days when you just want to feel awake.
8. May I practice with what I’m given, rather than wish for something else
Beautiful words from Katrina Kenison, to help keep your view focused on the now.
To download the PDF and print your copy of this 8.5 x 11 sheet, click here! (And don’t forget to click “scale to fit” when you go to print.)