Do you want to learn about a new magic mantra?
By Lori Hammond
Coach and Professional Hypnotist. Giving you simple tools to stop overwhelm and harness joyful forward momentum.
I grew up on the outskirts of a small town.
The coolest place to have birthdays was inside a caboose car in the parking lot of McDonalds.
I can almost smell the french-fries as I remember hearing the story of "The Little Engine That Could" during my 7th birthday party in the coveted caboose
Chug, chug, chug. Puff, puff, puff. Ding-dong, ding-dong.
The little train rumbled over the tracks.
She was a happy little train.
Her cars were filled with toy animals.
Giraffes with long necks, teddy bears with almost no necks at all, and even a baby elephant.
There were dolls and the funniest little toy clown you ever saw.
But that was not all.
Some cars were filled with good things for boys and girls to eat...
and lollipops for after-meal treats.
The little train was carrying all these wonderful things to the little boys and girls on the other side of the mountain.
She puffed along merrily.
Then all of a sudden she stopped.
She simply could not go another inch. Her wheels would not turn!
“Here comes a shiny new engine,” said the little clown who jumped out of the train,
“Please, Shiny New Engine, won’t you pull our train over the mountain? Our engine has broken down, and the boys and girls on the other side won’t have any toys to play with or good food to eat unless you help us.”
But the Shiny New Engine snorted,
“I pull you? I am a Passenger Engine. My train has sleeping cars and a dining car with waiters. I pull the likes of you? Indeed not!
And off the steam engine went.
Soon the little clown called out,
“Look! A great big strong engine is coming!"
“Please, Big Engine,” cried all the dolls and toys.
“Won’t you pull our train over the mountain?”
“I have just pulled a train with big heavy machines. I am a very important engine indeed. I won’t pull the likes of you!”
And the Big Engine puffed off. The little train and all the dolls and toys were very sad.
“The Big Engine is not the only one in the world,” cried the little clown. “Here comes another. He looks very old and tired, but our train is so little, perhaps he can help us.”
But the Rusty Old Engine sighed,
“I am so tired. I must rest my weary wheels. I cannot pull even so little a train as you over the mountain.
I can not.
I can not.
And off he rumbled.
By now the dolls and toys were ready to cry. But the little clown said,
“Here comes a little blue engine, a very little one, maybe she will help us.”
The very little engine came chug, chugging merrily along.
“What is the matter my friends?” she asked kindly.
“Will you pull us over the mountain?” cried the dolls.
”Our engine has broken down and the boys and girls on the other side won’t have any toys to play with or good food to eat unless you help us.”
“I’m not very big. I have never been over the mountain. But...
I think I can.
I think I can.
And the Little Engine hitched herself to the train.
She tugged and pulled and pulled and tugged and slowly, slowly, slowly they started off.
Puff, puff, chug, chug, went the Little Blue Engine.
“I think I can--I think I can--I think I can--I think I can.”
Up, up, up.
Faster and faster the little engine climbed, until...
they reached the top of the mountain.
“Hurray, hurray!” cried the little clown and all the dolls and toys.
“The little boys and girls in the city will be happy because you helped us!”
And the Little Blue Engine smiled and seemed to say, as she puffed steadily down the mountain,
“I thought I could.
I thought I could.
I thought I could.”
Being our own cheerleader is easier said than done, isn't it?
If I could teach you the most soothing mantra I've ever heard, would you be interested?
The word mantra means...
“man" = mind
"tra" = transport
The little engine used the mantra, "I think I can" to transport the toys and dolls over the mountain.
I'm going to teach you my favorite mantra, which I learned from Louise Hay, to transport your mind over any mountain you might be facing.
Sometimes, I feel too overwhelmed, or sad, or tired, or frustrated to come up with any positive things to think to myself.
If I ask myself, "How can I encourage myself right now?" (Oh how our brains LOVE questions!) the following mantra almost always pops into my head.
"All is well.
Everything is working out for my highest good.
Out of this situation, only good will come.
I am safe."
What if you go back and repeat those four sentences to yourself a few times?
Allow yourself to really FEEL them.
The fastest way to squish recycled negativity out of your brain is to fill it so full of soothing words that the negative ones just don't fit.
Two things cannot occupy the same space at the same time.
If you need an extra boost, I invite you to invest 2 minutes writing this mantra down and tucking it under your pillow...
or in your sock drawer...
or send it in a text message to yourself.
This is a way for "Right Now You" to give "Future You" a gift of peace and comfort.
Bonus points for vividly imagining and rehearsing the next time you'll use it.
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