Do you have one? Do your thoughts wander around beyond your control? Do you know how to direct them? If you do, you have a rare gift.
I don't. For many years I've been aware of a tremendous wastage of psychic energy through my unruly thoughts.
Second question: are you whole? Are you one person or many?
The work of the Russian humanists (Gurdjieff, Ouspensky, and Nicoll) placed great emphasis on the dividedness of a person. The idea was later taken up by Betty O'Connor in her Our Many Selves, where it was used in the C of S. in our attempts to move toward wholeness.
Do you have many selves? I'll tell ya:
a husband self
a work self
a relaxed self
a church self
a tennis self
and it goes on and on: my many selves! With every self I'm a different person- chameleon!
How can I be whole? become the same person everywhere? I know one or two people like that.
The mantra! Ah, the mantra! Friends, it really works. Mine is Isaiah 26:3. You pick one that does something for you.
What does it do? It gives you a good chance to control your mind. You can become one, same person. And you can achieve this anywhere.
Repeat your mantra 100 times, and it will determine where your mind is all day.
But what kind of day do you want? If your mantra involves some variety of loving God, is that what you want? all day? (That includes neighbors and self, both part of God!)
What does loving God mean? Is it like spending all day in church--- not for me! Does it mean that your mind works faster and under your control? Does it mean that you love yourself; you're delighted with yourself; you're a lot more than you thought you were? Does it mean that for the day you're free from the self-indulgent, self-centeredness that has dominated your days in the past?
Believe me sister, brother, you want to do that-- trade the above for a mind working in a new dimension, seeing more, hearing more, feeling more than you ever realized you could do.
And if you stick to it, every day, 100 times, you'll find a kind of happiness that you never dreamed you were capable of. That's what a god-like mantra can do for you?
Try it; and let me know what happens.