I use chanting and contemplations like...
This body is relentlessly aging...now!
The body’s health is temporary.
It will decline, sicken and die.
The dying process is happening.
Everything I value and consider mine will
eventually become separated from me.
I ‘own’ my actions.
Whatever actions I shall do,
for good or for ill,
of that I will be the heir.
and, Eight Verses for Training the Mind
With the desire and resolve to attain enlightenment for the welfare of all living beings, may I always cherish them
Each moment may I humbly practice loving-friendliness.
Being constantly mindful, the moment a disturbing emotion or negative attitude arises, I intend to drop it.
Whenever I meet those overwhelmed by suffering, may I cherish and care for them as a treasure.
Whenever others, because of jealousy, treat me badly, with abuse, insult, slander, or in other unjust ways, may I accept this defeat, and offer the victory to others.
When someone whom I have benefited or in whom I have placed trust and hope, treats me in hurtful ways without reason, may I see that person as my precious teacher.
May I offer both directly and indirectly all help, happiness and benefit to all beings, my mothers, and may I take upon myself, all of their harmful actions, pain, and suffering.
May I keep all of these practices undefiled by stains of the eight worldly concerns.
[gain and loss, pleasure and pain
praise and blame, fame and dishonor]
and by recognizing the emptiness and illusory nature of all existing things,
may I liberate myself from the bondage of attachment
and mistaken views of reality.
Composed by the Buddhist Master Langri Tangpa (1054-1123), Eight Verses for Training the Mind is a highly revered text from the Mahayana Lojong (mind training) tradition.
and the Charnal Ground Contemplations (on body impermanence);
the Four Vows...