In the last few months, I’ve been actively practicing affirmations.
It wasn’t something that appealed to me at first. I had a girlfriend recommend Louise Hay’s book – 21 Days to Master Affirmations – as my next read.
Initially I was hesitant – it didn’t sound too exciting to me (I thought I wouldn’t really learn too much from repeating certain sentences to myself). But boy, was I wrong.
I learned a whole lot. And I loved the book – I can see why Louise Hay is the queen to help you heal your life.
As I read the book, I began to feel a shift in my thought process, but then what happened next was amazing.
As I started to think differently, I also started to feel different as well. I had more energy, I wasn’t catching the office bug, my sleep was more fulfilling and all kinds of other opportunities which I had hoped for started to present itself to me.
Throughout the read I was taking pictures of my favourite affirmations using my phone, so I could peruse them over and over again as a reminder.
It was a great book to get introduced to the subject of positive thinking and how you can really use the power of your mind to control your thoughts and beliefs.
In it, Louise dives into issues of our lives like Critical Thinking, Letting Go of the Past, Forgiveness, Health, Loving Yourself, Work, Money and Prosperity just to name a few (she has a long list!) and provides relevant affirmations one can repeat to themselves for those particular areas.
The science of affirmations works like this.
We believe a lot of negative things about ourselves and our lives which limit us – but that doesn’t mean there is necessarily any truth to it. But yet, we accept them and allow it to hold us back and make us feel bad; we let it affect our self-esteem and self-love; and ultimately we let it hold us back from our true personality, or rather, our authentic selves, and so we stifle our soul expression.
A good example of this would be our health, sleep or beauty.
Do you ever say things like “I didn’t sleep too well last night, feel like crap today” or “I feel like I’m coming down with something…” or “I wish I was as skinny as you, everything goes straight to my hips”?
Well, apparently thoughts and statements like that make things true.
If you say it often enough, it will be so. But if you said something positive instead, the power of that kicks in and in time, will turn things around.
By using affirmations, we make the conscious decision to heal our lives and move forward on the path of positive change by taking control of our thoughts.
As I read the book and went through the affirmations, just the act of it started to make me feel better. Some sentences even made me want to yell out loud, “Amen to that! It never crossed my mind to think like this for something like that!”.
And so I started reading these everyday as a substitute to my daily meditation for a while. I would sit in peace in the quiet of the morning and take the words in. I let them flow through my mind and heart, and I honestly started to believe them all to be true.
Then I found this amazing tool on Chrome browser, it’s called Subliminal Affirmations which allows you to key in your top 10 favourite affirmations and play it in the background on your computer as you work. Little flashes of words go by so fast you can’t see it clearly, but apparently you do take them in subliminally and they still have the desired positive outcome for your thoughts.
I love it! And the best part is, I’ve experienced a huge shift in my thought process and levels of joy as a result of practicing affirmations by saying certain positive things in my head, and also with the use of the Chrome tool. Just knowing it’s in the background as I use my computer (and I’m on it a lot) also adds to the belief that something will work, which is also a positive affirmation in itself.
So give it a try. Perhaps start with this list of 10 affirmations of Louise Hay’s which are my personal favorite and those I have added to my Chrome tool.
1. I relax all of my neck muscles, and I let go of any tension in my shoulders.
2. I balance my life between work, rest, and play. They all get equal time.
3. I breathe deeply and fully. I take in the breath of life, and I am nourished.
4. I get enough sleep every night. My body appreciates how I take care of it.
5. Water is my favourite beverage. I drink lots of water to cleanse my body and mind.
6. My income is constantly increasing.
7. A smiling face and joyful, loving words are the best presents I can share with everyone I know.
8. I create long-lasting, loving relationships.
9. My talents are in demand, and my unique gifts are appreciated by those around me.
10. I am always relaxed at work.
Last week, I shared the idea with a friend about using affirmations to heal. She wasn’t feeling well and I divulged my favourite healing affirmation for when I feel like a bug might be coming around:
I go within to that part of myself that knows how to heal.
I also suggested to her that as she drinks lots of water to get better, perhaps try charging her water with healing energy as well and state the affirmation from the list above: Water is my favourite beverage. I drink lots of water to cleanse my body and mind.
We also spoke about other healing statements she can add to her water affirmation.
She, being an amazing writer, wrote this beautiful affirmation poetry below, which I’d love to share with you. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
And as I drink this water
I sip as it were light
A life that shines silver
Burning kindly, ever bright
I drink it to give
I drink it to serve
To live and let live
Through bends and through curves
To the universe a toast
For gratitude and a wish
That love fills me most
And my soul they nourish
As I drink this water
My heart shall receive
A call to seek further
But never to deceive
By Tania Safuan
Do you practice affirmations and what are some of your favourites? Share them below!