Affirmations are statements that we tell ourselves in order to spark self-change. They are designed to alter our beliefs about ourselves such that they are more positive.
“It’s not what you say out of your mouth that determines your life, it’s what you whisper to yourself that has the most power.” – Robert Kiyosaki
Affirmations are more than just a self-help statements to make ourselves feel better. They can have a significant impact on our overall quality of life. Regular affirmations allow us to become more in tune with our thoughts and the way we think about our self in general.
When we are conscious of our attitudes towards the self, we can make an effort to eliminate negative thoughts. When we become more aware of ourselves, we are able to be mindful of surrounding ourselves with positive things.
The more you practice the more you notice what aspects of your life are most important to you as well as things that may be hindering your happiness.
Additionally, daily affirmations can help to keep you in consistently positive mood. Optimistic people tend to be healthier, more productive, and generally happier than those who view themselves less positively.
Positivity is contagious. By practicing positive affirmations, you are indirectly benefiting others as well. Your positive attitude will carry on to other people and in turn make them feel better.
Daily affirmations can be a difficult thing to do. Especially if you are someone who has struggled with self-compassion before, saying something nice about yourself is not always the easiest.
Affirmations are more beneficial when they are repeated. The more you repeat the same affirmation, the more your unconscious begins to believe it. By continually subjecting our mind to positive thoughts, we are actively changing how our brain functions. Over time we are training our brains to think more positively through affirmations.
“Be mindful of your self-talk. It’s a conversation with the Universe.”
– David James Lees
So, how do we create our own affirmations?
Affirmations are positive, present tense statements for ourselves. Often using ‘I am” statements. Our brains are hardwired to produce what it thinks is there, so when we use present tense statements our brain and the universe conspires to bring that to you.
So, if you say something like, I am bad at math, you will be bad at math. If you say I am good at math, the universe and your brain conspire to make that so. The difference is in the belief. Do you say I am good at math while thinking you are bad at math. The universe thinks more about what you believe then what you say, but your brain will take what you say and try and make it so,so the more you say something the more your brain works to make you believe it.
Positive affirmations plant healing thoughts and ideas that support us in developing self-confidence and self esteem, and creating peace of mind and inner joy.
Affirmations such as;
I am strong and capable
I know, accept and am true to myself.
I am capable of doing anything I put my mind to.
I eat well, exercise regularly, and get plenty of rest.
I learn from my mistakes.
I am committed to learning new things
I enjoy life to the fullest.
I am accepting of others for who they are.
I endeavor to be the best that I can be.
The most powerful affirmations are those you say out loud when you are in front of your mirror.
Because the mirror reflects back to you the feelings you have about yourself. It makes you immediately aware of where you are resisting and where you are open and flowing. It clearly shows you what thoughts you will need to change if you want to have a joyous, fulfilling life.
As you learn to do mirror work, you will become much more aware of the words you say and the things you do. You will learn to take care of yourself on a deeper level than you have done before.
When something good happens in your life, you can go to the mirror and say, “Thank you, thank you. That’s terrific! Thank you for doing this.” If something bad happens to you, you can go to the mirror and say, “Okay, I love you. This thing that just happened will pass, but I love you, and that’s forever.”
For most of us, sitting in front of a mirror and facing ourselves is difficult at first, so we call this process mirror work.
But as you continue, you become less self-critical, and the work turns into mirror play. Very soon your mirror becomes your companion, a dear friend instead of an enemy.
I also like to hang my affirmations up in places I will see them regularly like the bathroom mirror or the fridge. I also have an affirmation as my screensaver on my computer. I like to post them so when I forget to be nice to myself I get reminders.
Exciting classes coming up in Edmonton
Sept 19 - Creativity Nite - Mandala Painting
Sept 26 - Drop in Healing with Creativity - Time Lines
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