The other day I mentioned I was working on mantras. Keep going was the one I was using while I was painting and it really helped me to get through what was a tough painting for me. I imagined a collection of mantras that I could go to when I needed a little extra encouragement. On a rough day or an off day they could shift my thinking.
I imagined a jar filled with mantras that I could keep nearby. And so I made it.
It's quick and easy to make and I thought I'd share it with you so you could make one (or some), too.
Cut scraps of paper to the size you'd like (mine are about half an inch wide and a little over four inches long) and write out your mantras.
If you'd like them to be fancier you could use colored paper or write with pretty lettering or even type them up in a lovely font and print them out. I like having lots of leftover blank slips so I can add mantras as I think of or come across them.
What to write? Short inspirational quotes. Words from songs or poems. Fortunes from fortune cookies. Even single, powerful verbs (I wrote "believe" and "begin" on two of my slips). A mantra can be anything. Anything that will inspire you or encourage you or reassure you. The most important thing is that it resonate with you.
Next I folded up my mantras and put them in my vintage strawberry jar. It had been waiting on my shelf for just the right purpose.
Any sort of jar or container will work. Thrift stores are the perfect place to find fun and interesting containers and dishes.
Stash them around your home or work space and they'll be ready to help you lighten your mood or shift your thinking.
I still have quite a few blank slips to fill. I'd love to hear your mantra ideas.
Have a creative, joy-filled week! I'll see you back on Wednesday for the next pages of the 2x2 Sketchbook.