Today was a pretty average day for me. I went to school and then came home. Nothing particularly stressful happened, which was nice. I was thinking about things to write about and then I remembered a book that I read by Thich Nhat Hanh called No Mud, No Lotus. In it, there is a section devoted to mindfulness mantras, and I recalled how much it helped me in my darkest hour. I like to say these mantras when I am having trouble accepting myself or others, and find myself judging people. In addition to helping you remember to offer respect to the world, saying mindfulness mantras also calms your breathing and allows you to be more aware of your surroundings. You can look up a mindfulness mantra and memorize it, or come up with your own. Here is my favorite one (taken from No Mud, No Lotus page 108):
May I learn to look at myself with the eyes of understanding and love.
May I learn to look at her with the eyes of understanding and love.
May I learn to look at him with the eyes of understanding and love.
May I learn to look at them with the eyes of understanding and love.
Something about this mantra rings a bell in my soul.