+ Mantras For A Cool Mind

Saying some of these unconventional mantras silently to myself at appropriate times keeps my mind cool. They are not arranged in any particular order.

  • Choices have consequences.
  • I honestly don’t know. It’s is OK to not know everything.
  • Let it be! Don’t fan the flames.
  • First, get the facts.
  • When faced with a crisis like situation, I ask myself two questions:

(a) What is the worst thing that can happen?
(b) What is it I have to do NOW?

Answering these two questions frees my frozen mind and enables me take the right actions (5).

  • Nobody asked me for my judgement.
  • Nobody asked for my opinion.
  • Let me keep my mouth shut.
  • Am I telling myself an ugly story? (1)
  • It is all “in here’ not “out there’ (2)
  • Not my problem. (6)
  • Let me mind my own business.
  • It is none of my business.
  • It is OK. Relax!
  • I may be right. Can I be kind?
  • This too shall pass. (3)
  • I can’t change others peoples’ behavior. I  can’t  even dream of changing their nature. But I have total control on ‘how I respond to their (crazy?) behavior’.
  • How can I blame an unhealthy person for his/her unhealthy behavior? And that includes acute and chronic Anger, Hatred, Jealousy, so on.
  • When I point one finger at anther person, I point three fingers at myself. (4)
  • I did a good job! I am proud of my self.
  • I forgive myself.

(1) Inspired by the book “Crucial conversations – tools for talking when the stakes are high” by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzer).
Also see my related article “We don’t see the first parts of people’s lives” in my website countingbreaths.com.

(2) “In here”: Whatever I am thinking is only in my mind. “Not out there”: Whatever I am thinking does not exist in real life.

(3) This too  shall pass – Article in my website countingbreaths.com

(4) Try this: Point only your index finger at anything before you. What did your fingers do to point the index finger at something? First, the other four fingers form a fist with the little, ring and middle fingers automatically pointing towards you and the thumb pointing the floor.

(5) This is the formula of my daughter Padma Sripada MD.

(6) Not my problem! – Article in my website countingbreaths.com

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