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17 Sayings of Practical Enlightenment

By Robert Bencivenga


When we feel uneasy, it’s usually because we’re totally lost in the endless narrative and mind chatter that constantly goes on in our heads. And although most of it is all crap, we seem to always get hooked. Like a fish that just can’t help itself! 

We’ll be following some thought down a rabbit hole that has to do with the regret or shame of the past, or the worry about the future, and it’s always filled with anxiety.

There’s only one place that’s calm and peaceful, and that’s when we get to connect to the present moment and our deeper self. “Connect to the present”, does not mean physically being in the present, but mentally being anyplace but the present.

We can use these 17 sayings daily to focus your consciousness on the peaceful present and connect your soul to a deeper sense of being. It will interrupt your mind chatter, calm your nervous system, reduces anxiety, and have a relaxing effect.

The Tradition of Mantra Recitation

In the Hindu tradition, the recitation of a mantra, or sacred words and sayings, is known as japa, and is thousands of years old. It’s said to be a means of self-transformation, and a way to connect with a deeper way of being. 

These popular Hindu mantras are in Sanskrit (an ancient Indo-European language of India), but mantra has deep roots in every major spiritual tradition. For example,  Christians repeat the name Jesus, while Catholics commonly repeat the Hail Mary, many Jews recite Barukh atah Adonai (“Blessed art thou, oh Lord”), while Muslims repeat the name Allah, and the Indian people repeat Ram, for the name of God.

The Science Behind the Practice of Mantras

Neuroscientists have quantified the health benefits of this ancient practice, such as its ability to help free your mind of background chatter and calm your nervous system.

Dr. Herbert Benson is the founder of the Mind Body Medical Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and professor of mind body medicine at Harvard Medical School. He wrote the best-selling book, among many others, titled, “The Relaxation Response”. Dr. Benson has experimented with patients repeating mantras as well as nonreligious words, such as “one.” He’s found that regardless of what the person repeats, the word or phrase has nearly the same effects: relaxation and the ability to better cope with life’s unexpected stressors.

I don’t know about you, but sitting in a full lotus position, reciting Sanskrit words I don’t even know how to pronounce will not make me relaxed and peaceful. As a matter of fact, it will make me more anxious than when I started.

That’s why I collected 17 SOPEs (or “Sayings Of Practical Enlightenment”) you can use anytime, anywhere to regain your center, come back to the present moment, shift your consciousness, move your attention, get calm, reduce your stress and anxiety, and connect to your higher self. 

Choose thoughts that maintain your peace and well being!

15 Sayings To Make Life Easy

They’re easy to say, they’re easy to understand, and provide immediate results…

1) Life Isn’t Good or Bad…It Just Is

You can’t get life right or wrong.

2) I Can Be Right or I Can Be at Peace

It’s totally your choice.

3) Nothing Means Anything Except the Meaning I Give It

4) Right Here… Right Now

5) Everything is Fine Right Now, Always has Been Fine, and Always Will be Fine

If it can be remedied, why be upset about it?”

6) Let Everything Be… Exactly As It Is… In This Moment

Suffering is resisting what is in the moment. When you accept everything just as it is, without trying to make it what you think it should be, life becomes easy! 

7) Everything Just Is the Way It Is, and the Way It’s Supposed To Be, and That’s Perfect 

It can’t possibly be any other way than what it is! It is what it is. It all unfolds perfectly, in its own time, in its own way! And that gives you power and freedom.

8) Nothing is Wrong…the Universe has My Back

From the moment we come out of the womb, our parents and closely related do- gooders bombard us with what we should be doing and what we have to watch out for. We hear a lot of, “Stop doing this” and “Don’t do that”. It’s no wonder we come to the conclusion and carry around this pervasive feeling that “there’s something wrong here”.

9) Everything is a Blessing for Me to Learn and Grow From

10) And This Too Shall Pass

11) Let Go and Let God

12) Trust in the Lord… Have Faith… Do Not Despair

13) Nothing Can Rob My Peace Unless I Let It

Make your inner peace non-negotiable. Choose to be peace, rather than that which robs you of peace. Let go of anything robbing you of your peace.

14) Everything is a Matter of My Own Choosing

Choose to give up your attachment to judging and reacting, getting offended, being defensive, acting superior, and being right.

15) The World You See is Your Own Creation 

Your world is nothing more than the sum of your thoughts, feelings, and actions woven together. All of which you have total control over based on the choices you make. Nothing “real” goes away when you let go of your attachment to the meaning you’ve given your thoughts!

16) My World is This Way or That Way Because I Tell Myself My World is This Way or That Way

Your world is a total reflection of where you’re putting your attention. How is your weight? How is your health? How are your relationships? How is your bank account? 

Where are you putting your attention?!

17) Be Here Now! - Baba Ram Dass

It’s truly the one and only place where everything is OK. 

The past is gone and the future doesn’t exist yet.

Got any to add to this list? What mantras or sayings work well to get you grounded? Share them in the comments!

To learn more, download my Free Ebook “3 Steps to Feel Great Right Now Regardless of Your Circumstances.” Get started mastering your mind and transforming your thinking.

Robert Bencivenga

About the author

I’ll be your guide on this journey.

I want to make sure you don’t wake up one day feeling your life has passed you by, and you haven’t lived your best life to its fullest!

I’ve studied ancient eastern spiritual philosophies, transformational psychology, and brain science for over 40 years. 

I developed simple practices that you can use anytime and anywhere, to help you create the life you deserve.

I share practical tools and insights, so you can live a life of your own choosing, regardless of your circumstances....

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