The word affirmation comes from the Latin affirmare, meaning “to make steady, strengthen.” Every day, in our own lives, affirmations can do just that: strengthen us.
Affirmations refer to the practice of positive thinking and self-empowerment– fostering a belief that a positive mental attitude will achieve success in anything.
They are designed to motivate and encourage. When these brief phrases are repeated frequently, they affect one’s conscious and subconscious mind, and can end up creating positive changes in the way one thinks, feels and acts.
An affirmation opens the door. It can be a beginning point on the path to change. Every thought one thinks and every word one speaks is an affirmation. All our self-talk, our internal dialogue, it is all a stream of affirmations. We are using affirmations every moment whether you know it or not. We are affirming and creating our life experiences with every word and thought.
BENEFITS OF POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS
Most cultures have ancient sayings about how powerful our thoughts and the spoken word can be. Closer home, Hindu mythology mentions the existence of “thathasthu” or “so be it”. Tathasthu is a Sanskrit word combining the words tat (so) + astu (happen or be it). Basically, the point is that our thoughts and the spoken word has the power and we have to take responsibility of what we think and speak.
Extending this to modern times, this is nothing but power of affirmations. Positive thoughts and words when used consciously and repeatedly could change our lives.
Here are some affirmations for you to repeat:
Depending on your life goals/needs these affirmations can be tailored to give you strength every day. Print it, put it up on the wall for you to see when you wake up or use it as a screensaver in your laptop.
According to Brendan Baker, founder of The Start of Happiness, “affirmations work best when they encompass three elements:
1. Visualization of the affirmation in one’s life
2. Feeling the affirmation in one’s physiology
3. Vocalizing the affirmation in a way that we are already in the situation stated in the affirmation.”
Ultimately, as with any practice, put mindful effort in.
Here the reward endures: a more positive outlook, calm mind, and sense of clarity when it comes to seeing and achieving our goals. Put in the work today for a more optimistic tomorrow; it’ll make all the difference.
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