An affirmation is an assertion that something exists or is true. It is a statement or proposition of self-empowerment, declared to be accurate. I’ve learned that positive affirmations are a wonderful way to develop a confident and more constructive way of thinking. We do this by composing personalized positive statements which facilitate in achieving our intentions or goals. Remember “The Little Engine That Could”? His affirmation was simply “I think I can! I think I can!” And he could. He did. Like The Little Engine That Could, we repeat these statements out loud with confidence as a way to not only convince ourselves they are true but to ingrain them in our subconscious. The more we repeat our affirmation the more likely we’ll retain the message and implement it in our lives. Affirmations can also be used as way to reprogram our thought patterns and change the way we think about things, usually the things we have negative connotations towards. Like I’ve said before, your attitude and thought patterns will not only affect your mood and feelings, but your life overall. Negative attitudes result in negative thoughts; negative thoughts lead to negative feelings. All this negative energy will lower your vibrations and result in negative outcomes in your life. Stating positive affirmation is a way to counteract this type of negativity and raise your vibrations.
We all have negative situations from the past or experiences from when we were younger that left lasting negative impressions on our soul. Maybe the kids used to make fun of you or someone told you you’d never be able to do something and you heard it so consistently, your subconscious eventually believed it to be true. You can unlearn these negative beliefs by turning that can’t or that negativity into a positive affirmation. This will recondition your thoughts and feelings towards the matter to positive ones. Maybe the kids used to make fun of you for being different, well as a positive affirmation you can proclaim, “I am Me and I am different. I love my uniqueness.” I would always get slack for being late all the time. I was told repeatedly that I “run on island time” and began using that as my excuse for being late in my adult years. I was actually voted runner up at my senior prom for the “Person Who Will Be Late for Everything” award, but missed the announcement… because I was late. When I began this journey, I realized that running late is one of the main things that caused me anxiety on a daily basis. I started using positive affirmations to repeal this acceptance that I am, and will always be late for everything “because I run on island time”. During meditations I tell myself, “I will not be late, I will be early!” This combined with telling myself what time I have to ‘be ready’ or ‘be out the door’, instead of ‘be there’, has changed this tendency and reduced my levels of anxiety and my road rage.
I was introduced to positive affirmations during the practice of meditation and yoga before I even really knew what a positive affirmation was. However I’ve found that you can find anytime in your day to day to convey your affirmations. They can be the very first thing you do when you wake up in the morning – like even before you reach for your cell phone. Before you get out of bed you can tell yourself, “Every day is a gift and today is going to be a good day!” or “Time is precious and I will use time today to work on my dreams!” And watch the impact it will have on your day and how you spend your time by starting off on such a positive motivational note. When I’m struggling I find it useful to force myself to smile while I say the affirmations to counteract any feelings of anxiety or anger. One I use very often with a forced fake smile on my face is, “This [one bad moment in time], will not ruin anymore of my day!” This has helped me let go of irate situations and anger that in the past, I would have held onto and let consumed a good portion of my day.
The more times we state something the more we will perceive it to be true. Positive affirmations can be used to uplift you when you’re down. They can inspire you to make changes towards becoming a better version of yourself and motivate you to keep going. Combined with a positive attitude, positive affirmations can give you the self-empowerment to accomplish anything you set your mind to. Like I mentioned earlier they can help to achieve our intentions and goals by keeping us focused on the road to success. They can be useful to someone who feels depressed or overwhelmed by a current situation or their circumstances by reminding them of what is possible and to believe in them self.
Try it out right now, step up to the mic and state some positive affirmations that will nourish your soul. Below I’ve listed ten affirmations that are useful and can be applied by everyone. Whichever affirmations speak to you, say out loud, with confidence and repeat it for about a minute. Remember you can also create your own specific affirmation to whatever your struggle may be. Flip the negative thought or belief into a positive, turn the, “I can’t” into an, “I can” or “I will”. Say it until you believe it and you shall live it and receive it.
peace & positivity, irie soul. Xx
I love and accept myself unconditionally.
I am beautiful inside and out.
I am compassionate enough to forgive myself and others.
I accept others as they are, and accept myself as I am.
I can let go of anything or anyone who no longer serves my soul.
I deserve a wonderful and happy life.
I trust in the universe and the timing it has set out for me.
I only attract good and positive things in my life.
I can handle anything that has or will come into my life.
No feeling is permanent. This too shall pass.