Who Needs a Mantra?

Linda Banks, EzineArticles Basic Author

A mantra is defined as a sacred word (or phrase) used as an object of concentration and embodying some aspect of spiritual power. To which, your next logical response may be "Who cares?" I contend that we all need to believe in something bigger than ourselves in order to grow as people, and your individual goals will grow as you do as a person. Spirituality may be rooted in religious beliefs, and can also be similarly empowering when rooted in personal beliefs.

I created my line of Wearable Inspiration necklaces because I believe that every women has greatness in her heart and needs only to cultivate the internal belief to allow it to flow from within herself. Ordinary people can routinely do seemingly extraordinary things solely through tapping into that inner spiritual power to propel themselves toward their intended goal.

The power of a mantra has a deeply personal meaning to me, and I'll share the story with you about one of my favorite mantras. In my book  Running Inspired: A Journey to Finding Inner Greatness, I describe my challenge and journey to define who I was and break free of the box into which I'd placed myself. Along this journey of self-discovery, I was fortunate to meet a few amazing athletes and mentors. One of these mentors was Blake Norwood. I'd been challenged by Blake to run a 100 mile ultra-marathon -- and he happened to be the Race Director of such a race. The notion that I could ever accomplish such a feat was ridiculous to me, but Blake had belief in me that I could not see in myself. One of Blake's favorite mantras (and now mine) is "If It Is To Be It Is Up To Me." That mantra ran through my head nearly thirty hours as I reached deep within myself to complete that race -- not once, but twice over the past years. The year after my second finish, Blake unexpectedly passed away, so that mantra now has even more importance to me any time I need to remind myself to find the belief to do something I find daunting. If someone like Blake could hold such belief in my ability to overcome all obstacles, then I can surely find that belief in myself.

When selecting mantras for my necklaces, I knew that phrase needed to be included. Not only as a tribute to a very special person, but having those words close to the heart provides a constant reminder that we truly are capable of more than we might imagine.

As I share this message with you, I feel that it is one about which I am most passionate. And every day I hope that I am doing the right things to share that message and belief with other women that they might discover something great within themselves. And, although I often doubt myself, wonder if I am doing the right things, and wonder if it will resonate with other women, I say to myself, "If It Is To Be, It Is Up to Me!"

What is your mantra and what untapped power will you use it to reveal?

-- Linda

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