What are affirmations?
How do they work?
How often can we use them?
These questions are the subject of today’s note.
Hola Mis Amores,
Today I would like to talk to you about affirmations.
You may have seen them on your Instagram feed,
Or perhaps you even have a whole board on Pinterest with a carefully curated collection of your favorites affirmations online.
Or maybe you have no idea what an affirmation is.
Either way, if you’ve ever been curious about affirmations, you’ll love today’s note.
And if your mind is already getting restless about how to get started,
No need to worry!
Because I’ve included 7 affirmations designed to help you accept yourself whenever you are feeling anxious during the week.
Let’s dive in!
Affirmations are statements specifically designed to encourage and support your desired beliefs by grounding you in the present moment.
The mind is extremely powerful!
If you’ve ever felt anxiety (obsessing about the future) or depression (obsessing about the past),
You know first hand how quickly the thoughts in the mind can take a hold of you and shift your entire mood – even your life!
It’s important to understand that the mind is obsessed with problem-solving, and it will pull you towards that whether you have a problem or not.
Take a moment and think about a time in the last week when you felt amazing,
Got it? Great!
Now, how long did that feeling last?
1 minute? 5 minutes? 1 hour? The whole day?
Chances are that feeling didn’t last as long as it could have.
Here’s what I’ve found:
What does the mind do when you’re feeling amazing?
It will find a reason to worry, a problem to solve, if it doesn’t have one, guess what, it will create one!
This is what the Buddhists call a monkey mind.
It jumps from one thought to another taking your attention with it every step of the way.
Why does this matter?
Any time you allow the mind to pull your attention at will, you remove your attention from the present moment and get stuck in your head.
You go on autopilot!
Every single second you spend in your head focused on imaginary or self-imposed perceived problems,
… is a second that you’re not spending in the present moment taking action to address the behaviors or circumstances that can help you achieve the life you envision for yourself.
What’s important to understand is that you can only take action in the present moment.
And affirmations have the power to pull you from the lure of the mind and ground in the present moment.
Like one of my favorite authors, Eckhart Tolle says:
All we have is the Now!
So how do affirmations work?
I think of affirmations as reminders of our true power.
They help us reconnect and strengthen parts of ourselves that we’ve surrendered out of fear of making a mistake or worry of not being good enough.
The best way to use affirmations is to recite them both in the mind and out loud anytime you’re feeling the mind enticing you with its problem-solving obsession.
Sometimes you’ll catch yourself stuck in your head after hours of ruminating or dwelling on a situation,
Other times you’ll notice the mind as it is getting ready to pull you in,
As soon as you’re aware that you’re stuck in your head, lean into one of these affirmations and feel each word in your body.
Concentrate on taking deep breaths and focus on the flow of energy within your body.
Become aware of your breath and watch how saying these affirmations quiets the mind in a kind and compassionate way.
- I accept all parts of me, with kindness and compassion. I feel at ease.
- I accept that making mistakes is part of the learning process. I feel empowered.
- I am grateful for releasing the fear of failure. Failure is simply feedback and an invitation to try a different way. I feel grounded.
- I accept that learning can feel uncomfortable. I am grateful for giving myself permission to grow. I feel lighter.
- I accept that all I have is the NOW. I give it my full attention feeling enthusiastic and calm.
- I accept that everything happening at this moment is here to help me manifest the deepest desires of my soul’s purpose. I feel present.
- I accept that I can only control myself, my thoughts, feelings, words, and actions. I feel joyful as I release any attachment to wanting to control others.
My hope is that each and every one of these affirmations will ground you in the here and now, and aid you as you build your self-trust.
Do you use affirmations
What are your go-to affirmations?
Please send them my way, after all, sharing is caring!
To Your Authenticity,