Well, now it’s the beginning of February. Who has remembered their New Years resolutions for 2011, let alone kept them?
Resolutions… years ago I ‘resolved’ to stop making them. I don’t think they work. They are based on a ‘future’ idea. What if? I really should. I want to. I need to. I am going to…
So – that is exactly what you get. The energy is stuck in the desire stage and can’t quite make it to present moment reality. Enter affirmations.
Affirmations are ALWAYS in the present tense and are ALWAYS positive. They are designed to teach you to stop thinking negatively, so if you find yourself thinking “I can’t stop eating”, change it to “I eat only when I’m hungry.” This is proactive body talk. It is also based on a very real physiological science. In some ways – we are programmed to think the way we do based on past experiences. We reacted emotionally to an event – sad, mad, and glad. And this caused an actual chemical reaction in our brain. It involves the limbic system, and our neuropeptides – the chemicals associated with our emotional responses. And – these chemicals stored how we responded so we can respond that way again without over stimulating anything. Great huh? We may not ‘want’ to act ‘that’ way…but we find it hard not to. It is like a protective shield. But that is a discussion for another day.
For now, know that it is possible to reprogram what you think and how you respond. Set aside ten minutes every day for your affirmation practice. Some of my clients find it useful to break this up into little chunks of inspiration. I like to do mine in the morning and before bed. I also choose several times throughout the day – such as standing in line somewhere, exercising, or driving. I do my deep alkalizing breath work then too. Choose an affirmation from the list below or create your own. Print this off to use. Write down your positive affirmation in the left column then immediately write down what comes to mind – whether negative or positive – in the right column opposite your positive affirmation. Write down your chosen affirmation again on line two and again write down your immediate thought opposite it. Continue this process over and over for 10 minutes each day. Writing your affirmation down is an important part of the exercise.
Only work with one affirmation at a time to start. Over time you will notice that what you write down in the right column is becoming more positive and starts to match the positive affirmation in the left column. It may take several days or weeks to see positive responses, or it may happen much sooner. This practice can be used anytime when you want to make positive changes in your life, whether it is for health, business, or relationships.
I have been doing this for a long time – it becomes this amazing creative process and energising life component. Once you have mastered it – you will get to a point where you can do several a day at different times – without the need to write them down. For instance – I am happy, healthy, wealthy and wise; I am cleansed, purified, nourished and protected.
Once an affirmation feels right and you are accepting of it, then you can move on to another affirmation … but not before.
“I am enjoying my fit and healthy body”
“I am eating healthy and nutritious food in appropriate amounts”
“I am exercising every day”
“I am a good person”
“I feel energetic and alive”
“I feel at peace with who I am”
“I love and approve of myself”
“I only eat to satisfy my hunger”
“I eat with awareness”
“I eat to nourish my body and soul”
“My relationships with _________ are supporting and loving”
“I attract wonderful energy around me”
“I am successful at _________________________________”
I have a wonderful meditation practice that I find incredibly powerful involving ‘future self’. I’ll be posting how-to in the ‘spirit’ section soon.
This goes hand in hand with ‘in the moment’ affirmations. Regardless of your method, you will develop your own comfortable way of proceeding.
No more New Years resolutions, just day to day affirmations.