The photo above is today’s daily affirmation from the amazing Louise Hay, considered to be one of the founders of the New Age self-help movement. Her book, You Can Heal Your Life, published more than 30 years ago, was one of the first to describe the mind-body connection and the power of using affirmations as a tool for healing.
Most of us have very deep limiting thoughts and beliefs, which can play on a seemingly endless loop of negative self-talk inside our heads. If you’ve begun meditating then you’ve started to become aware of this inner monologue. How often do you find yourself thinking or saying things like:
I’m always broke. I can’t ever get ahead.
I’m too old to find love again…besides, all the good ones are taken.
I’m so out of shape, and I have no energy to work out.
I yell too much at my kids. I’m a terrible parent.
I bet at least one of these sounds familiar. First of all, there’s nothing wrong with you! If you’re a human being on this planet, you have some negative thoughts rattling around, making you miserable and bringing down your vibe. There are several ways to combat negative self-talk, and one of the most powerful ways is to counteract it with positive affirmations.
While I absolutely love receiving Louise Hay’s daily affirmations, the most effective affirmations are the ones you create yourself, directly tailor made to combat your specific limiting beliefs. In this way, “I’m always broke, I can’t ever get ahead” becomes:
I am a fountain of prosperity. Money comes to me all the time, in both expected and unexpected ways.
“I’m too old to find love again” is transformed into:
I am now divinely irresistible to my perfect mate.
Every now and then, you’ll start working with an affirmation and it doesn’t feel right. In my case, I’ll feel a knot in my stomach when I read or say it. This is a sign that I’ve overshot the mark, that there is a deep part of me that just isn’t buying it. When this happens it means that I should concentrate more on rooting out the limiting belief, and in the meantime dial back the affirmation until it feels right. If my body rejects “I am a fountain of prosperity” I could adjust it to something my psyche will accept, like “I am constantly improving my relationship with money.”
Once you have your affirmations, it’s time to work with them. I keep mine in a special box and take them out at least once a day, read them, and try to really feel the truth of them. Some people write them on Post-its and stick them all over the house, some write them down over and over in a journal, some say them out loud in a front of a mirror, some repeat them upon awakening and then again before bed. Do whatever feels right to you.
How about you? Do you use affirmations? If so, share your favorite one in the comments!
See you tomorrow for Day 8.