In the last post-Day 15, Patricia generously shared her Gratitude Awareness Diary with us. It gave insight into her personality. If you read her memoirs with a negative eye you would see many mistakes, but remember like you, she was told to neither stop, think nor worry about spelling and grammar. This is a great way to get in touch with feelings. Once you stop and start to think about what you are writing the old critical ego gets going and the Real You gets lost in translation. Interestingly enough when Patricia found herself slipping back into negative beliefs, she relaxed and went with it, gently, compassionately and with humour, saying ‘Stop Patricia.’When I asked how she found this exercise, she stated that it suited her quirky sense of humour and fun- thanks Patricia.
Today, I would like to share another gratitude awareness technique which I have found extremely helpful over the years. Simply put affirmations work. So what is an affirmation? Well, an affirmation is a declaration of intent — it is a testimony to how we wish to think and feel. It is a positive ‘I am’ statement, such as:-‘I am loved’ or ‘there is goodness in me and all around me’.
I have found over the years that these positive statements have helped me to create a stronger sense of who I really Am and if you practice them I know they will help you as well.
The fact that we are here, alive in this moment, is a miracle of nature. This gift of life appears to revolve around Love. We know this because the opposite is also true. Hate and war bring destruction and death.
Affirmations remind us of our true identity, which counter-acts the negative messages we give ourselves. To let go of fear, we have to let go of self-doubt; we must learn how to love ourselves. Affirmations help to do just that.
So let us begin and just like the Gratitude Awareness Diary, Affirmations only really work if you put time effort and care into their preparation and implementation.
- Some people like to buy a pretty notebook and write down their affirmations, while others like to put a pebble in a jar every time they say their affirmation — an outward expression of an inner idea.
- Meditate on your affirmation, by repeating it to yourself over and over and over again, hundreds of times a day.
- Repeating affirmations imprints these intentions into the depths of the subconscious mind.
- Begin the day by saying your affirmation. And repeat it silently to yourself as you go through your day.
- For example, you could say: ‘I like myself, I love myself — there is goodness in me and all around me.’
Take your time and develop an affirmation that sits with you and as always, keep it positive and simple.
This topic is explained beautifully by many inspirational writers including Daily Affirmation by Susan Jeffers; Daily Affirmations & Positive Quotes by Louise M Hay; Creative Visualisation by Shakti Gawain; The Path to Love by Deepak Chopra and finally Everyday Wisdom by the wonderful Wayne Dyer
Note to self
The affirmations below are a sample of affirmation I have used over the years, and to which I try to adhere as best I can.
- I promise to accept myself as I am, with all my differences, knowing that I am following my own path in life
- I promise to savour this moment, knowing that it will pass my way just once. And if the moment is difficult for me, I promise to stay with it so that I can learn the lesson life is trying to teach me.
- I promise to love all beings everywhere with all my heart and soul without reservation, remaining unconcerned whether they love me in return
- I promise to give myself the space and time to relax, meditate and practice mindfulness so that I can open my life to hope and joy
Take your time and develop an affirmation that sits with you and as always keep it positive, meaningful and simple.
Have a great week you guys.