Find Your Mantra: Inspire and Empower Your Life with 75 Positive Affirmations by Aysel Gunar
This is a cute little hard cover book featuring 75 positive affirmations. It is broken down into five chapters (aside from the introduction & about): Peace, Love, Happiness, Strength, and Journey. The thing I find interesting about mantra's or "Quotes of the Day" is how they can resonate with you depending on where you are in your life.
The idea is to explore what it is about the words that are making you feel. These words can lead you to change should you choose to apply it to your life in a real way. Obviously, just the words wont change anything, it's your actions and how the words inspire you.
For example, I found a good amount of the mantra's rather childish. Telling me that something will happen if I believe it will, is ridiculous to me. So if I want to fall pregnant I will simply because I believe I will? Yeah, okay, I wish. However, I can see this being rather inspiring for someone much younger than myself. Another quote of, "Everything happens for a reason" doesn't sit all that well with me either. This implies that I have no control over my destiny. Yet if I believe in something, it will happen, so that tells me I do have control over my destiny. So which is it? There is no true answer to this.
The point of the mantras is that it's whatever resonates with you as an individual. For example I found the mantras on strength to resonate most strongly with me. I suspect that this is due to the many struggles I have had throughout my life. One of my long held mantras is "This too shall pass." It happens to be in this book. Another I enjoy, is "Be the change." This resonates with me due to my holistic "tree hugger" lifestyle. I want to be the change I want to see in the world.
The author is the founder of a company called MantraBand. I looked them up online to check them out further. MantraBrand offers some very simple and elegant, slender cuff style bracelets with mantras on them.
If you are looking for a great gift idea, this beautiful little book is very well made, with the pages stitched in rather than glued. The watercolor artwork adds a soft and calming touch. It's an inexpensive book (under $10 on amazon) that would make for a lovely gift to the right person, be that yourself or someone you know. If you are feeling a little spendy, you may wish to include a bracelet or two.
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