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By Anthony Boyd

There are many distractions that pull us away from self.

These distractions should only be seen for what they are, distractions.

Their nature should be considered but shouldn’t possess us in anyway, shape or form. We shouldn’t give them any power at all.

How do we do this? By securing a personal mantra. Something to keep us anchored in present moment reality.

“Erase the false impressions from your mind by constantly saying to yourself, I have it in my soul to keep out any evil, desire or any kind of disturbance—instead, seeing the true nature of things, I will give them only their due. Always remember this power that nature gave you.”


—MARCUS AURELIUS, MEDITATIONS, 8.29”

One of my favorite movies, after “The Matrix,” is “Inception.”

A key part of that movie for me was the “Totem.”

A Totem, as described in the movie, was a unique object that only the owner could possess. The owner was the only person who could hold this unique totem. They knew it’s weight and texture.

This is glaringly similar to a personal mantra. We should all have a personal mantra that keeps us anchored in present moment reality.

This is how we deal with false impressions that seek to impression our minds.

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