Your Sacred Mantra:

by Carole Bourne

“If you don’t want it then why think about it” Carole

What’s your faithful one word mantra that will anchor you into the energy you are keen to flow with in 2013?  One word in essence that could change your life or be your life saver.

It’s about finding one word – just for you – the real you. Your very own “sacred word” which you carry silently but confidently with you wherever you go for the next 12 months.

A one word mantra that you know in your belly and feel in your heart will change your life. Perhaps forever? Your own personal medicine in the form of a word.

Write it on a piece of paper.  Carry it with you in your wallet.  That way it’s never far from your intuitive energy field.

My one word mantra is connect for 2013 After my full moon last night it became very clear my faithful one word mantra for 2013 will be “connect”. Last year it was “gentle”.

Connect will be my loyal companion in 2013. Never far from my awareness. The more I notice this word, chant this word or write this word down the more I will witness its rippling effects.

My inner voice seems keen for me to “plug in” more deeply – into my life. Connecting with and not shying away from, stepping back from or playing it too safe.

I get a sense that when I connect more meaningful I will notice more of my life.  The small, the unseen and the subtle precious moments. I also suspect I’ll become more intimately connected to myself and the universe.

If you are interested here’s my personal notes that I journaled after the word “connect” chose me:

When I connect meaningfully I notice my precious breath

When I connect meaningfully to this moment, I am grounded, more centred and plugged in.  I am at the right place at the right time.

When I connect to my body I truly listen to what she has to say

When I connect meaningfully to my inner truth I honor my own unique path in life

When I connect meaningfully to others I really listen with my full kind awareness

When I connect meaningfully to the moment I’ll be focused on one thing at a time.

When I connect meaningfully to the moment I won’t be easily distracted.

When I connect meaningfully I notice detail.  I notice beyond.

When I connect more meaningfully to nature, I hear her wise words and feel her balancing presence. I allow myself to linger.

When I connect meaningfully to my intuitive guidance I won’t miss signs along the way.

When I connect meaningfully to another human being I’ll look into their eyes.

When I connect meaningfully to my energy levels I’ll know when I need to pause and when I need to be in motion.

When I connect meaningfully to the universal energy I let go of my fears, let go of my worries, let go of my insecurities and allow my life to flow effortlessly. I trust.

I’d love it if you shared your one word mantra for 2013.  Can’t wait to hear what they are.


Peace, love and chocolate, Carole

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Sheila December 30, 2012 at 10:48 pm

This is an interesting concept, Carole. I think my mantra for 2013 will be a bit wordier: “breath and let go”.
My surviving parent has dementia and, in all probability, won’t be “here” this time next year. A few months ago, my husband had a heart attack. We were very lucky – he’s fine now. Since the summer, however, I have been all too keenly aware of the fragility of life – I lost my first husband 20 years ago – death is no stranger.
It is not uncommon for me to waken in the middle of the night gripped with inconsolable sadness and fear anticipating the loss of loved ones.
This is no way to live. There is nothing I can do to change anything. My parent is in a wonderful facility and my husband is heeding his wake up call. I need to “breath and let go” and trust that all is unfolding as it should.
P.S. Your previous post (“Let Go of Your Year” ) was most timely. 🙂


Kat December 31, 2012 at 12:30 am

Hello Carole, it’s wonderful to have come upon your website, full of great advice and inspiration. Your one word mantra sounds wonderful, I like the word “trust” but still will let myself open up to any other word that comes up in these last days. I’m so happy to have found you here, best wishes for the New Year!


Carole Fogarty December 31, 2012 at 9:50 am

A big thanks Kat for your kind words. May your thoughts be filled with meaningful, life changing words of encouragement. xx Carole


Jesslyn December 31, 2012 at 7:58 am

Carol, what a beautiful mantra you’ve created for yourself! And how wonderful of you to share it with us.

My 2013 one-word mantra is: awake.

Awake to my own actions and reactions. Awake to the needs of others. Awake to my natural well-being. Awake to my desires.

It’s time for me to wake up, open my eyes, and see the beauty in every situation.


Carole Fogarty December 31, 2012 at 9:45 am

Wow, Jesslyn. Awake! Such a profoundly life changing word. It has so many layers. Let me know how your years flows. xx Carole


Elvie December 31, 2012 at 9:12 am

Since reading this a few hours ago I’ve been sitting here giving passing thoughts to this idea and nothing was really sticking or feeling right. I decided to clean out the tray of papers on my desk and came across a note I made not too long ago because I didn’t want to forget the name of a cat in a book that I had read – Fukumaru – Japanese for “good fortune circle”. So, fukumaru is going to be my mantra. It will not only remind me of that cuddly cat & the amazing relationship he had with his person, but it reminds me that I am surrounded (or encircled) with good fortune and to always be aware of that and how I can use it to help others.


Carole Fogarty December 31, 2012 at 9:44 am

Elvie, thank you so much sharing. I love it. Fukumaru – Japanese for “good fortune circle”. Happy 2013. Peace, love and chocolate Carole xx


Felicity January 2, 2013 at 7:31 am

Great post! Happy to have found you through @Erica_ D_ House The word that comes to my mind is ‘ accept’. It plays to having faith that whatever is being presented to me is for a reason and to accept it. I love your mantra! I feel lime that was my theme last year! Happy New Year


Carole Fogarty January 2, 2013 at 8:09 am

Love it Felicity. Accept. Accept what is. xx Carole


Kara January 15, 2013 at 7:11 am

Hi Carole,

Nice post! I was having a hard time deciding between “slowing down” and “deepening”. I settled on “deepening” because I think that’s what happens when I slow down. I always seem to need to live my life at a fast pace, but it seems time now for slowing down.



Maggie February 11, 2013 at 3:54 pm

My word is “Let it Go”. Hopefully by the end of this year I will have let it all go and not carry any baggage into 2014. Your pages are amazing. Thank you.



Carole Fogarty February 12, 2013 at 6:48 am

Thank you Maggie. “Let it Go” sounds fabulous. So, so appreciate your kind words on my blog.


Gemma Catterall February 12, 2013 at 7:32 pm


I love this post. I am a Yoga teacher, what a great idea….. whilst practicing Yoga alone the other day, the word “Balance” came to my mind. Balance in yoga Practice, Balance with eating, Balance with exercise etc. Achieveing the correct balance in all that I do is my challenge for 2013. Thank you so much for this post.
Om Shanti


Carole Fogarty February 13, 2013 at 7:13 am

Love it Gemma. “Balance”


Michele April 4, 2013 at 10:22 am

Hi Carole,

I came across your blog a year or so ago and have taken immense enjoyment and inspiration from your posts. Earlier this year I spent some time considering some changes in my life based on generating desired feelings rather than setting goals. I’d had a strong sense that my life was contracting so the word that leapt for me was ‘expansion’. I realised I wanted it to apply to so many aspects of my life: creativity, family, friendships, health, experiences and so on. And since then I’ve been having a ball living it by taking new classes in things I’ve wanted to try for ages, meeting new people and creating time for what’s important to me. My family has literally expanded as I have a new sister in law and my health has improved by using different approaches to chronic problems. And interestingly, in doing all of this, my views on my life and ideas for what I might do in the future seem to have expanded accordingly in wonderful ways.

Thank you for continuing to share your thoughts on life and for your love of chocolate : )



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