Affirmations

22 Dec

“I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest.”   Muhammad Ali

We are using affirmations everyday, whether we realize it or not.

Affirmations are simply repetitive thoughts that become beliefs.

Now, using affirmations consciously is an act of mindfulness.  We can choose to think better thoughts any time.

Unfortunately, it’s so easy to get caught up in our daily routines and thought patterns that we may not even realize the inner dialogue going on in our minds.  Occasionally, we may overhear a thought we are thinking and wonder where in the world it came from.

The great majority of our belief systems come from what we heard when we were children.  Adults in authority usually have the most influence over children’s beliefs by doing nothing more than making eye contact and clearly stating what they believe.

So, growing up, if you heard things like “you have to struggle to make money” or “there’s never enough” then you could have inadvertently developed poverty thinking.  You can just as easily choose prosperity thinking that will affect everything from how much money you make to how much love you allow into your life.  Why not take the first step towards opening your mind to prosperity thinking with the affirmation “There is always enough.”

Because the sub-conscious mind has to believe what you are telling it, you may not be ready to make a big leap in positive affirmations but you can always choose the next best thought.    If you find yourself struggling to come up with an appropriate affirmation, you can just think the opposite of the belief or find one thing to be appreciative about in regard to the negative thought.

As an example, you may want a better relationship with a friend but you don’t believe you can work out your differences.  It’s imperative you look upon them with appreciation and stop focusing on the negatives that are holding back your connection.  Think of what you like about this person, affirm the wonderful things they have done or said over time and how much your life has been enriched by having them as a friend.  Pretty soon, you may find your attitudes softening, creating a kind of breathing room for your friendship to continue.

Affirmations are the best insurance for peace of mind.  Seek thoughts that lead you towards more peace in each situation.  When you get down to brass tacks, we’re all choosing our thoughts in each moment.  Why not choose well?

5 of my all-time favorite affirmations:

I am safe.

All is well.

Life is easy.

I am successful.

I am always moving in the right direction for me.

There are a number of ways to practice affirmations.   You can write them down, think them repeatedly through-out the day, sing them in the shower and share them with others.  I’ve found the most empowering way to practice affirmative thinking is by saying your affirmations to yourself in a mirror.  Since, a great deal of our sub-conscious beliefs are adopted through default by someone looking us in the eye and telling us what they believe, it only makes sense that telling yourself, clear and strong, eye to eye (in the mirror) will help to re-set your belief systems in a positive healthy way in your own voice.

Have fun and use your imagination to create positive affirmations for your very best life.  Repeat!

4 Responses to “Affirmations”

  1. SpiritualNurse December 23, 2010 at 1:34 pm #

    I know I hear alot of the lack and scarcity statements growing up. It feels good to take control and embrace better statements and thinking as an adult. (((hugs)))

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    • Lynn Van Noy December 24, 2010 at 10:53 am #

      It’s kind of amazing how many of the beliefs we grew up with are perfect springboards for altering our beliefs now. Just.. turn it around. I can see you doing this everyday & I appreciate your inspirations! ❤

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  2. Brianna January 3, 2011 at 3:32 pm #

    Been meaning to comment here for a couple of days now. Love this post. Thank you for the reminder about the power of the affirmations we choose for ourselves. “There is always enough” has been a favorite of mine for the past couple of years. More recently “I deeply and completely love and accept myself” has been powerful medicine for me, too.

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    • Lynn Van Noy January 3, 2011 at 5:59 pm #

      Whew.. that’s big stuff, deeply & completely loving & accepting ourselves. I can feel the weight of it yet it’s freeing. Thank you for sharing. ❤

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