Every year I give myself a mantra.
Something to bring in, or let go of, in my life. For years I kept using the same mantra because it was something that I could never fully encompass—I am enough.
Those three words just made me see the daily struggle, whether it was not feeling like I was enough for my husband, my family, my coworkers, but most importantly—myself.
Learning to love yourself is a big task.
Sadly, within our society, we are not encouraged to love ourselves. We are encouraged to seek out alterations to our body —plastic surgery, diets, intense workouts; our face—make-up, plastic surgery, contouring. We are taken with having the nicest clothes/accessories/cars/phones.
With all of these, you can finally love yourself.
Sensing the sarcasm? Well I was one of those people.
I never felt like I was enough. I never felt that I had enough—I always wanted more.
I sure as hell never felt like I did enough—always working a few jobs and helping where I could with everyone I could—but I never felt like I was enough in this consumeristic money-hungry world.
Then I woke up one day and no longer cared about what my hair looked like, if I shaved, if my car was dirty. “Oh sh*t my underwear has no elastic in it.”
I wore the same outfits the week before—I just didn’t care anymore. I no longer cared because instead of spending that time dwelling on what I was without, I was relishing the innumerable ways in which I was blessed.
This is how I woke up to the fact that I am enough:
I meditated whenever I had a free moment with a mala. I would carve out some time to sit down—15 minutes was ideal, practice some Reiki on myself for about five minutes, and then sit in meditative silence for five minutes.
Then I practiced Japa meditation (repeating my mantra with each bead) until I had gone through the entire mala. During the time I spent meditating, I repeatedly told my self that “I am enough, I have enough, I do enough,” and I truly began to believe it.
Because I believed it—I manifested it into existence.
I knew that I was enough for my husband.
I was enough for my family.
I was enough for my co-workers.
And I sure as hell was enough for myself!
If you are interested in starting your own Japa meditation, you can follow these simple steps:
- Choose your mantra or set your intention. What calls to your soul? This could possibly be the most difficult part of a Japa meditation practice.
- Find a comfortable seat and sit with the hips open, spine straight, and little, to no, distractions.
- Find stillness. Focus on the breath, but do not control it.
- Eyes may be open or closed—whatever works for you.
- If you are using a mala, you will use each bead to repeat your mantra. There are 108, plus the guru bead that tells you you have completed the 108th.
- There are many different ways to go around the mala, Here is a great video!
- After you have completed your meditation—sit in silence to soak in the mantra and the energy you just created.
- Enjoy a new view on life.
Author: Hannah Hutcheson
Image: Brittany White Photography
Editor: Lieselle Davidson