a mantra for honoring your gifts

Imposter syndrome is a bitch. It’s that feeling that you’re sure to be exposed as a fraud, despite all of your beautiful accomplishments. It’s being unable to accept that you are gifted and divine. It’s something I’ve struggled mightily with for a big part of my life, and something that has recently had me paralyzed creatively: I’ll never be able to do this, I’m not good enough to do this, no one cares anyway, it’s not even worth trying … and on and on. If you’re like me, this one is going to take some convincing.

If it’s comfortable, close your eyes, then silently repeat the mantra, om namah shivaya (om nah-mah shee-vah-yah), a few times. (If the sanskrit words feel too unnatural, say “I honor my innermost self,” instead.) When you’re finished take a moment to think about what a badass you are—about all the wonderful things you are capable of. Start a list and write them down, if you feel comfortable with that. Own your gifts, even if it’s just for this moment right now.

Want to take it further? 

Two journals I use and love, and which I think are really relevant to this theme:

  1. Wreck This Journal – this one is, for me, all about squashing that need to be perfect, which is, I believe, one of the reasons it can be difficult to accept your gifts (because if they aren’t perfect, they aren’t enough or real?). Fair warning: There is a page in here that requires you to chew gum and stick it in the book.
  2. Five Minute Journal – It’s what it says: it’s five minutes in the AM and five minutes at night to change the trajectory of your days. The relevant part here is that you write daily affirmations every morning. Feels corny at first, but it soon becomes empowering.