Talk Yourself into a Better 2014

How’s 2014 going for you?

Sorry, but now we’re into it; 2014 looks to be starting off as another challenging year for many.
Can mindful breathing with mantras, gathas or affirmations change this?

Road in Somerset Levels

Flooded road in Somerset Levels, UK

Blue Monday

Last Monday, 20th January, is known as ‘Blue Monday’.
According to the Bristol Observer, it’s the ‘gloomiest, most depressing day of the year‘.

So if this week didn’t have the best start, don’t worry, you’re not alone.

Archangel Gabriel


The first few months of 2014 are about integration and clearing.
Integrating the old and gracefully clearing the new
is a simultaneous CoCreative process

Archangel Gabriel

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Breathing Helps

If we feel like we’re in difficult, shifting times where it’s difficult to find our footing. It’s important to be able to stop, take a moment, and just breathe.
Mindful breathing gives us a much needed break from our worries.

It’s a relaxing and restorative activity. Highly recommended. (Perfect for the upcoming Mercury retrograde too ;~)
Conscious breathing allows us to re-connect with our peaceful mind inside; so we can let go of the old, and allow the new to be integrated into our life without grasping onto results.
Trusting this process allows us to flow into peace.

︻╦╤─  •••

But a busy mind will seriously interrupt this process.
The devil on our shoulder can prevent us from even going there.


Positive Butterflies


So what to do? Change our self-talk 

Using a mantra adds that spark of magic, a gatha can bring us back to where we are, or a favourite affirmation gives us the impetus we need.

Anchoring our wild mind to our breath is a very effective remedy for feeling blue.
Replacing that critical inner voice with a favourite mantra, gatha or affirmation can really help too.

This can be whatever makes us feel peaceful, powerful, centred and loving. Unless they’re set, the words are up to us. It’s focussing on them that counts. Always using the words ~ thought, whispered or even spoken or quietly chanted or sung ~ to bring us back home to a quieter place in our mind.

Neuroscience tells us that ‘neurons that fire together wire together‘ which means that we actually change our brains by what we think. Changing our brains changes our thoughts, behaviors, habits, and destinies.
Decades before MRI brain scans, Gandhi said,

“Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, your values become your destiny”

Kozo Hattori

In that the words we say to ourselves do indeed become our actions, it is so important to be mindful of how we speak to ourselves.
Like Ghandi said, it’s destiny we’re creating here.

This is the first of a few posts exploring the kind and constructive way in which we can do this:

Mantras are protection. From a Buddhist point of view, they are a means of asking Buddha for help.
Minfulness gathas bring our mind back to the present moment, to peace.
Affirmations are positive statements that affirm the reality we wish to create and stabilize.


What are your  favourite types of positive self-talk? How do they help?
Do share!  ⤵

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Like this:

✿ Everyday Gurus: The Neuroscience of Peace
by Kozo Hattori

✿ Bodhisattva in Training: january peace post
✿ Silently Heard Once: Bloggers for Peace Mantra

✿ Cosmic Loti: Clearing the Confusion with Buddha’s Blessings
Cosmic Loti: the Disastrous Behaviour of the Memory


Somerset Levels:  the Independent
AA Gabriel: devinemiracles
Quote fromYT video: Archangel Gabriel: 2014 – The New Harmonics of Light and Sound
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Ghandhi quote from Everyday Gurus: The Neuroscience of Peace
by Kozo Hattori

10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bill Purchase
    Jan 26, 2014 @ 16:46:03

    Great article!…I just want to mention a very small book I got recently if you haven’t come across it yet..”10 breaths to happiness” by Glen Schneider a student of Thich Nhat Hanh. By just taking the time to train in our mindfulness on what we find beautiful for 10 breaths or about 30 seconds, we can open new pathways to happiness. I love working with gathas, mantras or anything that can bring me home.



  2. stockdalewolfe
    Jan 27, 2014 @ 15:02:42

    Thank you so very much for posting this very positive and helpful article! Maybe I should print it out because it really speaks to me. Okay, so I am off to meditate. Am learning Kriya Yoga with Paramahansa Yogananda. Namaste, Shanti!



    • Shanti Baku
      Jan 31, 2014 @ 08:42:46

      Namaste my dear 🙂
      Thank you ❤ I’m glad you found this post helpful 🙂 It did feel good to do. More coming too!
      Good on you for doing yoga; one of those things I never quite get round to, but know I should. So yeah, I totally rejoice.



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  5. Kozo Hattori
    Feb 07, 2014 @ 21:26:29

    Love this, Shanti. Funny how science is just catching up to the wisdom of mantras and gathas. Thanks for helping us through the transition into 2014. {{{hugs}}} kozo



    • Shanti Baku
      Feb 08, 2014 @ 06:10:01

      Thanks Kozo, I find it stranger still that despite understanding these concepts, science still refers to our power to create our own destiny in derisive terms.
      I forget the words used, but it’s viewed as magical thinking, ‘the identification of causal relationships between actions and events, where scientific consensus says that there are none.’ (Wikipedia)
      Sadly missing the point, isn’t it.



      • Shanti Baku
        Feb 08, 2014 @ 07:07:43

        Talking about ‘magical thinking’; despite numerous proofreads, I failed to spot that I’d missed out the links to other blogs, and that Avalokiteshvara had snuck in instead!

        * Logically, that’s because they were all in all in HTML so their absence wasn’t that obvious. (I’m a source code novice still, not Cypher level yet, and WordPress can be clumsy to use.)

        * With magical thinking though, it’s clear that compassion (symbolised by Avalokiteshvara) is necessary here; and that the other links are better going into a planned a follow up post.

        Funny how the world works, isn’t it 🙂 Edited as originally intended now!



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