7 Morning Mantras for Dreamers & Doers.

 

 

Dear Dreamer,

You are human, same as I, and we humans stumble often.

Sometimes we fall more than others because our illusions may have failed us, causing buckled knees, bawling eyes and drained, dismantled hearts. We’ve all been there–lying in a heap on a dusty old floor, staring at a ceiling that begs to be painted and primed along with our dying hope and weak, weary bones.

In the midst of my own stumbling, I’ve noticed a pattern; when times get confusing or I lack energy and focus, I haven’t been nurturing my being as a whole, meaning, I haven’t been practicing my morning mantras.

 

 

This particular list was a creation birthed out of trial, error, soul, and a complete, utter adoration of early mornings when the breeze is soft and sweet and telling.

It’s really quite simple: when I rise with the sun and set these intentions, I have the capacity to become the most superhuman version of my dreaming and doing self. Then, when I’m at my most capable, I am then a better addition to society as a whole, and in turn, a starving world.

This resolution doesn’t make following these daily mantras easy. In fact, sometimes the steps we must take that are best for us feel like additional work piled onto already super saturated schedules.

Yet, I think when we realize that the habits we once dreaded forming aren’t so dreadful, we become empowered by our renewed strength, and the changes then begin to form. Because much like the beams of the sun, everything must begin on the inside before it can radiate outward, my lovely dreaming friends.

 

 Mantra 1. I will crush the fear.

There is no time for the nerves in our guts that halt us dead in our tracks at the crossroads called “do” or “do not.” Wouldn’t you like to strangle that nagging and ragged banter that tries to climb through your insides like a dark little demon with wicked little lies to keep you from manifesting change?

I know you have your fear demons too, as I can see them in your guarded eyes and strained smiles as we share space through streets and work, photos and texts. We are programmed to lean toward security for survival purposes but sometimes fear is completely unreasonable, and this is when it must be violently crushed like the useless garbage that it is.

 

 

So wage war on it. Stomp on it, kick it, and blow fire until it burns into ash, then send it to the dump with everything else you’re kissing goodbye. Because you know what? Your fear is not you, and if you don’t kill it first then it will eventually kill you. The fear of failure is far too overplayed and overused. So fight. Fight for your beating heart and crying soul, because darling, you are enough.

Now say it or sing it exactly three times, “I am enough.”

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 Mantra 2. I will tune out the emotional vampires.

“Surround yourself only with people who are going to lift you higher.” ~ Oprah Winfrey


That’s right. Higher. You’re a sparkling eyed dreamer and doer, stardust turned to flesh, and a spectacular being at that. The boring news is that many folks haven’t figured out their immensity and are shockingly content, wrapped in false security blankets and surrounding sets of carefully calculated rules. (Yawn).

When this tragic thing happens to humans, they can be quite judgmental and doubtful of your grand and dreamy plans. Even more tragic, some even secretly wish to see you fail because they do not possess the same unbridled enthusiasm and open mind it takes to begin to walk in the direction that will fulfill their lost and silenced souls.

Since you and I both know that our individual abilities are merely limited by our own perceptions, simply smile and release them with love because you don’t have the time for outdated opinions or realities that are not your own.

There’s too much work to be done and beauty to behold to connect with anyone who does not inspire, encourage, and ignite your fiery creative spark.

 

 

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Mantra 3. I will keep showing up.

“In order for it to work, the door must remain unlocked. People might enter without knocking, they might crash your party and drink your wine. Let them in, and let them drink — because you might meet somebody interesting.” ~ Amanda Palmer 

 

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Showing up fuels our creativity. Showing up births new stories to tell. Showing up changes our path. Showing up is crazily fun and fantastic because when we show up, anything can happen.

So show up. Meet me here or there and we’ll lock arms and show up together. Showing up is essentially experimentation, and experimentation is novelty and novelty leads to new discoveries and opportunity. It also makes the passage of time that much richer and more meaningful.

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Mantra 4. I will do the work.

 

 

Lately I’ve been terribly guilty of procrastination. The problem with procrastination is that it’s actually your worst enemy disguised as a convenient, casual lover. You see, when you make out with procrastination and think it’ll be content with hanging in the dark, it’ll come back to bite and expose you where it truly hurts.

The work that is put off always has an inevitable way of growing heavier in your chest, much like a weight with some crazy magnetic energy and life draining force involved. You don’t need additional stress induced muscle aches so trust me, it’s always best to get the work over with today.

So do the work.

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Mantra 5. I will desire.

“We are desire. It is the essence of the human soul, the secret of our existence. Absolutely nothing of human greatness is ever accomplished without it. Not a symphony has been written, a mountain climbed, an injustice fought, or a love sustained apart from desire. Desire fuels our search for the life we prize.” ~ John Eldredge

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Desire is the foundation of all beautiful beginnings and new directions, making it your basic dreamer and doer jet fuel. When a dreamer loses their desire, they risk becoming numb, and numb isn’t really breathing and seeing and loving and creating, is it? Basically, desire is equal to living and that makes desire delicious.

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Mantra 6. I will practice wellness.

This should probably be the first and last mantra as it is the most important.

You have a physical, mental, and spiritual body that ages. You need to fiercely protect it with prevention, nourishment, and worship in the form of movement. Your body holds a connectedness and deeply ingrained wisdom that should never be abused or taken for granted, and it is your duty to keep this temple solid, strong, flexible and balanced.

Without wellness, it’s nearly impossible to be or do much dreamer and doer work, so practice wellness as though your life depends on it… because it does.

Not to mention you’ll be glowing with yummy youthful energy and vitality and who doesn’t want that coursing through their crimson veins and vibrant skin that reflects its happy health?

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Mantra 7. I will observe the wonder.

“Stuff your eyes with wonder. Live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.” ~ Ray Bradbury

Choose joy and pause to see what’s directly in front of you. Because it’s really freaking gorgeous.

 

 

Follow these mantras or even make your own because these are no longer hard times for dreamers; they are actually amazing times because in this small and interconnected world, we hold more power in our magical hands than ever before.

 

 

The world is waiting and reaching for your light. So go now.

Radiate.

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 More Life & Wonder Lists from Victoria: 

>> 8 Wondrous Ways to Restore your Wild Spirit. 

>> 6 Sweet Survival Tips for Sensitive Souls.

>> 8 Ways to Romance Clarity in the midst of a Cluttered & Confusing World. 



{“Dream the world awake.”}



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Victoria Erickson
Victoria is a grounded idealist who's been writing the world awake since she was a child, as she was born starry eyed, and eating poetry. Based in Austin TX, she splits her time between writing for herself and others, working as a freelance writer, creative coach and editor for businesses, and also sharing her passion for fierce wellness as a Reiki practicioner, massage therapist, and esthetician. Above all else, she believes in innate wildness, intuitive body intelligence, the power of sensitivity, the connection economy, and this immensely gorgeous planet we all inhabit. You can book a healing appointment with her (she specializes in Reiki & deep neck-work) or simply connect with her and her musings and offerings on Facebook, FB writer's page, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. You can also sign up for her Wild and Well Creative Notes for Wondrous and Inspired Living.

29 Comments

  • Mamaste
    Mamaste commented on June 14, 2013 Reply
    Perfect Victoria! You have such a talent. These mantras are being taped to my heart. xoxo ~Mamaste
  • Carolyn Riker
    Carolyn Riker commented on June 14, 2013 Reply
    Another brilliant classic….Mantra #2 tickles my heart…thank you for your beautiful words, thoughts, feelings, seeing between the dot and the comma…you are amazing! xoxo
    • Victoria Erickson
      Victoria Erickson commented on June 14, 2013 Reply
      You are so sweet, and that’s my favorite too I think. :) Thank you Carolyn! <3
  • Sandy commented on June 14, 2013 Reply
    Loved it,loved it ,loved it, you are an extraordinary writer.Thank you!!!!
  • Erin McNaughton commented on June 14, 2013 Reply
    What an absolutely lovely bundle of wisdom, and precisely what I needed to start of my day. Thank you! <3
  • Michaelanne commented on June 14, 2013 Reply
    Teary eyed with joy and inspiration! I am in love with each sentiment and thought. Thank you ! You are a true luminary!
  • Irene commented on June 17, 2013 Reply
    Love! I like how you call these mantras instead of affirmations. Mantras carry with them very powerful energies that fuel the attainment of our goals. Thank you for writing this!
    • Victoria Erickson
      Victoria Erickson commented on June 18, 2013 Reply
      Thanks so much Irene! I thought the same… the word “mantra” just spoke to me. <3
  • Tracy commented on June 18, 2013 Reply
    Fabulous, Victoria! I drank this in this morning before blading the trail — what a fantastic way to start my day!
  • Ron commented on September 8, 2013 Reply
    Oh thank god. I bet you are the kind of person who would understand why every time we make the two hour drive to Washington DC I take my now two year old daughter to see the Ruby Slippers at the American History Museum. And then we go stand in front of the Washington Monument and I explain to her what it actually takes to make those Ruby Slippers your own. It always seems to involve a war of some kind and it takes the courage, persistance, and unique constitution of a George Washington to pull it off.
  • Sophie commented on September 8, 2013 Reply
    Love this, I will print this off and stick it up somewhere prominent. It’s funny how when you read so much of philosophy etc. that you start to see contradictions in different philosophies. Your mantra no. 5 says that Desire is a good thing which I understand to be true aswell. However when reading up on Buddhist theories, desire is seen as attachment which leads to suffering. Just an observation but so many things recently that I’ve read all are so different. One book says to feel your feelings, another says ignore your feelings. Anther book says listen to your mind, another says listenign to your mind will lead you astray. Haha, thank God for my own intuition!! Best just to take what is meaningful for oneself with a dose of healthy common sense. :)
    • Victoria Erickson commented on September 8, 2013 Reply
      Thank you Sophie!!! Yes, to each their own as our intuition knows what’s best. :)
  • Laurie commented on October 20, 2013 Reply
    Awesome Victoria, A great book to read about procrastinating is the WAR on ART Steven Pressfield… Thanks for this inspiration…I’m at an event this weekend that’s kickin’ my ASS! Cheers to “I am Enough” Love, Laurie
    • Victoria Erickson
      Victoria Erickson commented on November 27, 2013 Reply
      Thank you for the recommendation Laurie! I’ve been meaning to read that book!
  • felicity commented on October 21, 2013 Reply
    i love this site
  • Debra Dylan commented on December 13, 2013 Reply
    Excellent. I know I will refer back to this article many times.
  • Anjana Love Dixon commented on December 13, 2013 Reply
    Beautiful true and amazing. I LOVE the pictures!
  • yourinnerstylist commented on October 6, 2014 Reply
    This is one of my fav articles, I read it over and over again, every time I feel I need to remind myself of these things. I love all the pics and sayings that come with too. Irina xx
  • Christina Collazo
    Christina commented on February 6, 2015 Reply
    Thank you. Yes. All of this!
  • Brendan Nordgren commented on February 10, 2015 Reply
    I am a dreamer who does. Also a science geek beekeeper about to launch my passion–er, business doing customized beekeeping services! Bzzzzzzz…..

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