Sunday, July 3, 2016

Not my circus. Not my monkeys.

This has been my mantra the last few days. I don't remember where or when I fist heard this expression but I do like it.

When I start to worry about other people's worries or situations I just recite to myself:

Not my circus. Not my monkeys.

It seems to help.

So today at yoga during Shavasana - I recited it a few times (ok, honestly for the whole ten minutes).

Then in the pool, while swimming laps, I recited it a few more times. Once I started doing drills for my breaststroke, and butterfly that seemed to quiet the monkey mind.

Yoga helps.

Swimming helps

and yes, not my circus, not my monkeys, helps.

Do you have mantras that help when you are fretting about things you can't do anything about?

If so, share.....I could probably use them in the future.

And by probably, I mean, definitely for sure.


  1. Haha! I am laughing because we are having a federal election in Australia right now and somehow that mantra of yours resonates with me as the election campaign circus travels around the country. "Don't vote, it only encourages them" is another phrase that springs to mind but seriously, I believe it is important to exercise one's right to vote. I live in a country where citizens can have a say with their votes and with elected members of parliament who make themselves available to their communities. It is a privilege that I hold sacred and even though I hate the electioneering, I embrace election day and rejoice at being able to cast a ballot.
    Other mantras more helpful to my daily life? (thinking music)...all things pass!

    1. yes that was my mother's saying "This too shall pass" and now my daughter has it tattooed on her upper arm.

  2. My husband has taught me two expressions that help me through. One is "not my circus, not my monkeys" which I translate to "this does not concern me". The other is "because I choose to - or not to". It reinforces that if I make a decision I don't have to explain or justify or defend my choice. Because I choose is all I need to say.

    1. I like that - because I choose.

      Thank you!


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