Words of wisdom, these. Yet, they are exactly the sort of sentiment that is easy to say and much more difficult to actually put into practice – at least some of the time. I truly believe with all of my being that life is a beautiful, wondrous thing, filled with endless, infinite reasons to smile, be delighted, enchanted, and completely enthralled by. At the same time, I can have darker, uneasy times when, despite this knowledge, I can feel overwhelmed and overcome with the negative, and my focus seems to more readily find the bad, the disenchanted, reasons to be angry. When I feel that way, I know I am off my center and acting in a way that doesn’t align with who I really am. I am feeding into a cycle of hate that has no real purpose and one that causes anguish, loathing, and upset. It’s at those times when words like these may come easily to my lips, yet the actions, the meanings, seem so far away. That said, I find my way and I hope that with each time I get to a better understanding of myself. Mental illnesses are very real, after all, and are nothing to be ashamed or afraid of. There are so many ways to find and get help, and so many ways to create a life where the demons are more readily tamed and understood. I know because I’m getting there and even if there will always be bad days, the good parts of my beautiful life will always outnumber them. Your life is a very beautiful thing too and it’s well worth smiling about!
Namaste ~ Ella
~ Monday Mantras are positive words of wisdom, insight and joy to add a bit of cheer to the start of your week and any day you need a bit of a pick-me-up! For even more inspiration please check out my Monday Mantras Pinterest Board and my Quote-spirational Board!