Why You Should Choose a Blogging Mantra
For many people, the word mantra often conjures up the image of a yogi in the lotus position sitting beside a bodhi tree humming some sort of senseless gibberish.Â But a mantra can be so much more if you allow it to be.Â It can even help you become a better blogger.
What is a mantra?
For the purpose of this post, we will define a mantra as a syllable, sound or word that is repeated to aid in concentration and raise awareness.Â Normally an integral part of spiritual movements, I would like to humbly suggest that you try incorporating a mantra into your blogging practice.
Why choose a blogging mantra?
A blogging mantra allows you to take a word/sound and make it symbolize something.Â For example, the mantra I’ve used for years is “Sila.”Â It’s a word with origins in Sanskrit that means ethics, honesty, and rightness.Â By repeating this word in my head while writing, I am constantly reminding myself that the words I write have power; the power to heal, help or hurt – the choice is mine.Â I also use “Sila” as a reminder to breathe.Â Even though our bodies automagically know how to regulate the level of Oxygen we need to be taking in, I often find myself mucking up a perfectly good process.Â I use my mantra as a reminder to inhale and exhale.Â This keeps my mind clear and fresh, in turn, helping my writing.
How to find a blogging mantra.
For me, this was a trial and error process.Â I tried several different words and phrases. Months later, I found myself naturally coming back to “Sila.”Â There’s something beautiful about the way it flows in my mind and off the tongue.Â I encourage you to try your own.Â Search for a word that means something to you.Â Feel free to borrow my mantra, I just ask that youÂ leave it on the stoop for others to use.
Using your blogging mantra in practice.
I can write dozens of blog posts without ever “leaning” on my mantra.Â During other stretches of time, I’ll find myself repeating the mantra dozens of times during a single post.Â I use the mantra to help me get past short bouts of writer’s block.Â I’ll also use it to question myself on content.Â Do these words represent the person I am?Â Will they bring harm to others?Â It’s amazing how four simple letters can mean so much.
Your mileage might vary.Â Personally, I’ve gotten far more out of “Sila” than I ever could have imagined. I hope you’ll consider giving it a try.Â Choose your mantra, live with it for a few weeks and then come back and let us know how it worked out.Â I’ll be here ready to help in any way I can.