Over ten year ago I came across the book “You can Heal your Life” by Louise Hay.
The book is about self healing through the use of daily affirmations that correspond with different illness and ailments.
There is no scientific evidence that affirmations cure diseases, but science does support the power of positive affirmations when it comes to changing our brains and feeling better about ourselves.
Affirmations are basically a form of auto-suggestion, and when practiced deliberately and repeatedly, they reinforce chemical pathways in the brain, strengthening neural connections.
Affirmations are short, powerful, positive statements about yourself, your abilities or your goals and intentions. They are spoken in present tense, as though they are your current reality.
The goal of affirmations is to change the way you think and feel about yourself, and as a result change your reality as your subconscious mind accepts these statements as truth.
When affirmations are combined with mindfulness practices like meditation, visualization and flow activities, you are creating even stronger neural connection, which translates more positivity, well-being and motivation.
In general, affirmations…
- Should be short and positive statements
- Target a specific belief , goal or behaviour you are struggling with
- Should be credible, believable and based on a realistic assessment of facts
- Should be focused in the present tense, as if they are already happening
- Should be repeated several times a day to flood your brain with positive thought
- Must be thought or spoken with feeling and real intention
When you begin your practice, choose one or two to focus on for several weeks.
Close your eyes, calm yourself with breathing for a minute or two and say the affirmation in your head several times, focusing on the words and feeling you experience.
Be completely present with the affirmation.
Here are some examples…
I feel joy and contentment in this moment right now.
My partner and I communicate openly and resolve conflict peacefully and respectfully.
I speak confidently and joyfully, and communicate my thoughts with ease.
I easily find solutions to challenges and roadblocks and move past them quickly.
I feel powerful, capable, confident, energetic, and on top of the world.
I have now reached my goal of _______ and feel the excitement of my achievement.
When I breathe, I inhale confidence and exhale timidity.
I live in the present and am confident of the future.
I love change and easily adjust myself to new situations.
I approve of myself and love myself deeply and completely.
I fully accept myself and know that I am worthy of great things in life.
I choose to be proud of myself. I am completely pain free, and my body is full of energy.
I sleep soundly and peacefully, and awaken feeling rested and energetic.
My work environment is calm and peaceful.
I release past anger and hurts and fill myself with serenity and peaceful thoughts.
I am focused and engaged in the task at hand.
I am grateful for this moment and find joy in it.
I release the past and live fully in the present moment.
I am free of anxiety, and a calm inner peace fills my mind and body.
All is well in my world.
I am calm, happy, and content.
Affirmations with Breathing(Tell them as you Inhale and Exhale)
I breathe in joy . . . I breathe out frustration.
I embrace peace . . . I release tension.
I earn plenty . . . and release all debt.
I embrace forgiveness . . . and let go of anger.
Or you can make each statement positive, like these . . .
I am completely healthy . . . and filled with energy.
I am now seeing . . . the man of my dreams.
I speak with ease . . . and feel totally confident.
I eat healthy foods . . . and lose ten pounds.
Practicing positive affirmation will help ground you in the present moment by intently focusing your attention and emotions on something you desire -but not as a future longing.
Change your Self-Talk, Change your Life!