Talk:Personal Mantras

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Does anybody else think we should make mention of Oblique Strategies on this page? It just kind of seems to fit. --ThePolack 12:48, 22 Apr 2005 (EDT)

Be my guest, if you think it fits! Is this what you're refering to? --AP 12:59, 22 Apr 2005 (EDT)

After I edited it, I followed the link in the article, and I think the use of the word "mantra" here is incorrect. Based on the content, Personal Slogans would be a better name for this page. --JamesRifkin 18:10, 6 Apr 2005 (EDT)

From wikipedia: "The word Mantra is a Sanskrit word consisting of the root man- 'to think' and the suffix -tra denoting a tool or instrument, hence a literal translation would be 'instrument of thought'." The term "mantra" is pretty overloaded actually. This has a lot to do with it's ancient origins (Sanskrit and the Hindu religion are so old that no one knows just how old they really are. Most people don't realize they were imported into India around 3000 years ago) and it has even more to do with the general trickiness of Sanskrit and it's derivations. Not to mention that the Hindu religions and Buddhist religions all have slightly different shades of meaning for it (Buddhists can't even agree on whether or not there is such a thing as divinity (and there are those who think it is an unimportant question) let alone on whether or not a mantra is a spiritual expression)).
But I rambled a bit back there. Go back to my first sentence, the blurb from Wikipedia. A mantra is a tool for thought. It's not a slogan. It's something you repeat to yourself, aloud or in your head, that jogs your mind. It can be used to jog your mind into a particular state (to psyche you up or get you into some kind of groove) or it can be used to jog your mind out of a particular state (stop obsessing over the girl that dumped you in high school). I think the term "mantra" is perfectly suited for this article. A mantra is meant to be repeated, so it needs to be short. That means it needs to encapsulate a lot of meaning in a small amount of text -- it needs to be efficient. You're not trying to sell yourself something, it's not a slogan. It's a reminder, a motivator, a comfort or just a focus used to calm your mind (focus your attention).
I like the title personally. I don't think "slogans" really fits (sounds seedy honestly, but I don't like market-speak). I have a list of little mantras I keep in a page in VoodooPad. I called it "inspiration", but I make specific mention of the word mantra in my instructions to myself (another sort of mental focusing tool that I won't go into here). It's just a list of little phrases of wisdom that I sometimes need to get through the day. They cover everything from personal issues, to professional motivation and up to the stereotypical "Get up. Go outside." It's kind of like Oblique Strategies to be honest, only very customized to my own personal hangups/neuroses.
I say stick with "mantra", but that's just one vote out of god knows how many are yet to come. --ThePolack 18:37, 6 Apr 2005 (EDT)
Yup, mantra is definitely what I had in mind. Much more intimate than a slogan. :-) --AP 20:24, 6 Apr 2005 (EDT)

Like thousands of other words in English, "mantra" has come to mean an additional something from its original meaning. Keep it, I say. --RobertDaeley 20:26, 6 Apr 2005 (EDT)

It's true that maybe in some estimations the content of the page as it stands does not really reflect the "mantra" vibe quite yet. But I wouldn't mind if the future content of this page was driven by the title rather than the other way around. --ThePolack 20:45, 6 Apr 2005 (EDT)

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