Often, our blogs have taglines.
But what if humans did, too?
What would your tagline be?
Photographers, artists, poets: show us ADVERTISING.
Actually the human equivalent of the tagline is probably the mantra, at least for me it is.
For any one who has ventured down the road of mysticism, in any of it’s forms, the mantra is usually one of the essential items they will carry with them once they have discovered it.
Whether walking the path of Yoga, Shamanism, Kabbala, Creative Visualization, most Religious & Pagan traditions or simply Positive Thinking, the mantra will no doubt have been read about or discussed at some point.
There are endless books on the subject & the modern form, for the less obsessed, is the positive aphorism. These are now found all over the net, Facebook is over brimming with them & of course everyone ‘Likes’ them.
They bring a little sunshine into peoples days & a smile to their faces, but these are not personal & for the more obsessed, sorry dedicated, ‘quester’ a personal mantra is something they must find for themselves.
It is a an affirmation of their chosen path, a constant reminder of their solemn vows, a definition of who they are & where they are going. It will see them through the roughest terrains & protect them from despair when everything around them comes crashing down, which of course it does.
During routine meditations or moments of fear, doubt or panic, the mantra helps to focus & calm the individual. It reminds them of where they’ve come from, where they’re going & why they’re doing what they do.
Discovering a personal mantra may take years of work & study for some, & a moment’s flash of inspiration for others. It’s a bit like Castanada’s first quest in “The Teachings of Don Juan” when he was told to find his ‘spot’. The harder you look for it, the harder it is to find. It’s often when you stop trying that it comes into focus.
The mantra is deeply personal & is rarely shared with others, only my husband knows mine.
In this aspect it is somewhat different from a regular tagline, but then a person is somewhat different from a blog.
I had hugely positive reaction to this post from Anna – Compass & Quill & also enjoyed reading her personal take on the prompt very much.
You can take a look at her post here Taking a Stab at a Personal Tagline , as she says the two posts work really well together so give hers a read too.