The Power of Affirmations

bigstock-Stress-Management-in-word-coll-38840914I used to smoke cigarettes in my twenties.  Sometimes people would tell me that I didn’t look like a smoker (hmmm what does a smoker look like?) and they would ask me why I smoked.  I told them that I was rebelling from my childhood and that I would stop smoking, as soon as I became pregnant, believing that it would be entirely easy for me to do so.  As soon as I found out I was pregnant, which luckily was in the first few weeks of my pregnancy, I quit smoking (too bad it didn’t happen before I became pregnant!).  I never desired a cigarette again.  Who quits smoking without ever desiring to smoke again?  Only a person that had unknowingly used the power of an affirmation for over a decade and came to believe, without a shadow of a doubt, that they would accomplish that task, no problem.   This also showed me that whatever we believe and say, in our heads or out loud, is really an affirmation.

Affirmations are positive statements about our value or potential.  They help us overcome our fear of change and help us take responsibility for ourselves.  Affirmations foster self-control, self-confidence and inner peace.  They connect us to our positive inner voice.  They can help us break through our negative beliefs about ourselves, change our fearful thoughts and help us give ourselves the love we may not have received as children.

Affirmations are written in present tense and always discuss something we want for ourselves but are not quite sure we will receive, feel or accomplish.  The mind is more powerful than any external conditions.  If we repeat an affirmation a minimum of once a day for five weeks or more, our lives will start to look the way we want them to.   We say affirmations until we believe them without a shadow of doubt or until we are living them.  When affirmations don’t work for an individual, it simply means that they do not feel they deserve whatever it is they are wanting.  Each of us deserves to be happy.

My friend, Krystal, believes that when we start an affirmation with “I allow…” we stop the sub-conscious parts of ourselves from sabotaging ourselves.  This makes sense to me; by doing this, we are saying “I don’t know why I am unable to do this and I don’t know what is stopping me but I allow the good in”.  Also, “allowing” implies “effortless” which makes these affirmations much more enticing to say!  Here are some examples of “I allow” affirmations:

  • I allow this happiness to last
  • I allow this meal to nourish me by properly absorbing all vitamins and minerals
  • I allow myself to let go of anxiety or fear
  • I allow myself to feel safe and loved

With the New Year right around the corner, it is a perfect time to adopt one or more affirmations for yourself!  And please teach your child to do the same!

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Until next time,

Meredith

 

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