Jimmy Carter
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Former president Jimmy Carter discusses his latest book, "A Full Life," at the Carter Center, Wednesday, July 15, 2015, in Atlanta. Carter says he supports the historic deal to curb Iran's nuclear program, saying the U.S.-led agreement is "a major step in the right direction." (AP Photo/Ron Harris

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Lately I've tried to be cognizant and present when life makes me uncomfortable.

Pelted with hail and soaked wet in the storm earlier this week. In the middle of doing tabata burpees (20 seconds on, 10 seconds rest for four minutes) during a yoga sculpt class. Putting my 18-year-old cat Frank to sleep because his kidneys were in deep failure.

What do all of those have in common? Supreme uncomfortableness, both physically, mentally and emotionally.

My mantra lately is pretty simple: Well, I'm probably not going to die. 

Too simplistic? A little dark? Perhaps so, but I tell you what -- it works. I manage to buck up and soldier on.

So I get a little wet in the storm. I'm probably not going to die.

So I'm exhausting my body and getting tired and crabby. I'm probably not going to die.

(This one was the hardest of the bunch) Yes, my beloved companion isn't with me anymore but he's not in pain and uncomfortable. And I'm probably not going to die. 

This mantra might not be your typical yoga class Sanskrit mantra, like "Shanti, shanti, shanti, om," which is also a good one. Shanti means peace in Sanskrit.

But somehow my mantra is helping me to stay present and not numb out through any variety of means - food, drink, shopping, TV, social media, etc.

I'm curious. Do you have your own personal mantra you tell yourself in hard times?

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