Posted: by Jo Wednesday, 29 January 2020 @ 14:45
This year starts a fourth year of
our My Best Self campaign, which we kicked off when we first launched Mantra.
The idea is to share stories,
thoughts and inspiration about how we can all step up and be our best selves.
We often have a choice in life as to how we act, react or behave, and I am
fascinated by what prompts us to make the right choices to be the best version
of ourselves in those moments.
For me, having a mantra – a
memorable set of words – in that moment can really help to change our thoughts
and our behaviours. So, this year, we are asking some of our Mantra followers
to share their stories with us, of how using mantras helps them.
February interviewee is Claire Gradwell, a wonderful lady who has followed and
supported the Mantra brand for the last two or three years.
I met with Claire, and asked her
first of all how she came across us, and what the first mantra was that jumped
out for her.
Claire: I first came
across Mantra Jewellery in Psychologies magazine, and it looked like a brand
that I would really resonate with. I then came to an event – the Mindful Living
Show in London – and I saw you there and had a chat with you.
The mantra that really stood out
for me at the show was ‘Recharge my body, reclaim my self’. It resonated
with me strongly and became a real catalyst for change in my life. I’d
had a lot of time at home as a mum, I’d got quite unhealthy being at home, and
I’d lost a sense of identity. This mantra inspired the next phase of my life,
and acted as a real encouragement to me.
Jo: That’s such a powerful
mantra to remind us of the importance of self-care, and the need to look after
Some months later, as your life
moved on, you wrote your own mantra, and you had that engraved on one of our
personalisable ‘myMantra’ necklaces. Tell me about that?
Claire: Yes, I started to
think about how I could gain a little more calmness in my life, as I was
feeling a bit overwhelmed as a mother. I wrote, ‘This moment is yours, be in
it’. It was to remind me that I have freedom and control to create the life
I want; and to remind me to enjoy the moments with my children and really be
in the moment. I had the mantra engraved on one of your Lotus ‘myMantra’
I’ve been using it quite a lot
whilst also meditating, and if I’m feeling overwhelmed or having a difficult
day, I hold the necklace close and say the mantra to myself.
Jo: And that’s exactly how
we recommend people use a mantra. Say it to yourself a few times through the
day; think deeply about it, perhaps in a meditation practice; bring it to mind
at busy or stressful moments; and hold onto your necklace as you say it, so you
have a tangible reminder of your words.
More recently, we met you at
another event – Fearne Cotton’s Happy Place Festival – and you were in a really
good place, you’d moved forwards with your life, you were really happy with
your progress. And you’d written another mantra for this part of your life.
Claire: Yes, I wanted a
celebratory mantra to encapsulate the next phase of my life. I’d done a lot
with mindfulness, with fitness, with mental health and some ambassador work. I
chose the Dreamcatcher disc, and my mantra is, ‘Strong
in mind and body, heart wild and spirit free’.
I was starting to live my dreams,
take some holidays, go on some adventures, and wanted to celebrate my
Jo: When I wear my own mantra
– my own words on a necklace – it brings me comfort, it reassures me, it acts
as a reminder that I can choose how I react or respond in the moment. How does
wearing your words make you feel?
Claire: All my mantras
acts as reminders, as you just said – but even more so, they bring a sense
of connection, of grounding, and of focus. Repeating the words can really
pull the direction of a day around for me. And now, I will select my piece of
jewellery based on how I want to feel that day, and to give me that grounding
and that security. The biggest thing for me is connection.
Hear the full interview with
Claire below, and on our Instagram IGTV channel.