The Power of Positive Affirmations
“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.” ~Buddha
If you saw the video I posted earlier this week, positive affirmations have been firmly on my mind. Last week, despite getting back to feeling inspired around my own yoga practice I was struggling to find inspiration to share with my students in class. As a trawled through books and websites in search of something that would resonate with me, I ended up distracted. Next thing I knew I was scrolling mindlessly through my Facebook newsfeed, finding myself watching a video of a man and his 3 year old daughter stood in front of a mirror, repeating positive affirmations before school. And just like that, the inspiration I was looking for came to me in the simplest form. The total and unashamed repetition of this little girl, telling herself to her own face that "I am smart", "I am beautiful", without any sense of disbelief, doubt or embarrassment.
And so there I found my inspiration for class.
So how do positive affirmations work?
If you take a look at the quote at the top of this post, you will see the basis upon which positive affirmations can impact our lives. The idea is that if we can tell ourselves that we are any of a number of positive things, then we can begin to believe them for ourselves. Have you ever noticed that good things happen to uplifted, happy people, and often when we are feeling low, we often feel as though everything comes crashing down at once?! This is because positive energy attract positive things, so the idea behind using positive affirmations is to encourage this attraction within our lives.
So often, I hear my students or friends say they are 'bad' at yoga. Firstly, I don't believe that is even a thing, but secondly, to use a more positive approach, we could say: I find yoga challenging, I am new to yoga, I am learning yoga/football/maths/Spanish etc etc which create a more uplifting association to whatever it is that we are talking about.
This can also be a really great way to help us manage difficult times, by disassociating from negative energy and create a better sense of acceptance within our lives. If we know that we are equal to others, then when someone tries to overshadow us or put us down, we are much less likely to be hurt. Equally, if we know that people come in and out of our lives when the time is right, we are able to understand and accept changing relationships better than we might otherwise know how.
So how do we use these in our day to day lives?
You can write them down, say them to yourself, meditate around them or use them in any way in which you feel is powerful for yourself. It's about transforming our negative self-talk into powerful, positive statements in order to shift our attitude and energy towards positivity and abundance.
So to finish off, here are some examples to get you going:
I am strong.
I am beautiful.
I am smart.
I am kind.
I am loved.
I am no more or less than I need to be.
I am no more or less than anyone else.
I am exactly where I am meant to be.
I trust my intuition.
I live in abundance.
My body is beautiful.
I can see the good in every situation.
I do not let the judgment of others affect my happiness.
I am comfortable in my own company.
I have the ability to make choices.
I surround myself with positive people.
I put my trust into knowing that I am exactly where I should be.
I try to release negative judgments of myself and others.
I am enough.