“Affirmation without discipline is the beginning of delusion…” ~Jim Rohn
I cry at movies and commercials and youtube videos and people hugging at the airport and puppies playing and…well you get the picture. Even though I am not part of the action or in the movie, to the brain it doesn’t matter. The mind will fool our brains because the neural networks of our thinking brain uses past memories to quickly respond to the visual cues.
The reality is that we have more than one mind. And each of these minds has a different experience of what is true.
We can influence our mind through suggestion known by medical professionals as the placebo effect. We will believe a pill will make us feel better (e.g., reduce pain and anxiety). The same can be said for hypnosis. Based on the “power of suggestion” we can also use meditatation, visualization, and affirmation to lower stress.
Affirmations work in much the same way.
Our mind can be tricked into focusing on the positive by actively elevating our thoughts. Dr. Wayne Dyer likes to say, “as you think, so shall you be.” In Yogic philosophy, you become what you think, you create your own reality from the inside. That’s why we can upset ourselves just by entertaining demoralizing thoughts or catastrophizing what can go wrong.
Or we can use affirmations to reward our brain into thinking positively about our situation. We can change our story, change our perceptions, and change our life.
In other words, the world is not created “out there” and then experienced internally. The universe wants to hear our voice. We can tell ourselves what we want to believe, which in and of itself fools the mind into wanting it and believing it to be real. And our minds will find a way to make it happen (because it thinks it has). This is the difference between living from a philosophy of “I believe it when I see it” versus “I see it when I believe it.”
Affirmations simply work!
Pick one of these each day for the next 21 days and say it to yourself all day long, write it down, email it to yourself, post it up on your mirror. Surround yourself with the positive vibration of each affirmation one day at a time See for yourself that affirmations are what yoga talks about in harnessing the power of our intentions and directing them in the direction of our best selves and our happiest lives.
Love your day, love yourself, love your life!
21 DAYS of AFFIRMATIONS
- I am peaceful and calm.
- I always deserve love.
- I trust myself.
- I attract amazing people.
- I love and approve of myself.
- I am happy in my own skin.
- The past has no power over me anymore.
- I feel good about myself.
- I am open to receiving love.
- I attract loving, beautiful people into my life.
- I accept myself exactly as I am.
- I am grounded in acceptance.
- I am grateful.
- Others love me easily and joyfully.
- I am never alone.
- I express love freely.
- I create my life and no else makes it for me.
- I am a radiant being filled with light and love.
- I attract loving relationships into my life.
- I am healthy and strong.
- I turn my dreams into reality.
Editor’s note: This is another inspiring guest post by Daily Cup of Yoga contributor Silvia Mordini, E-RYT, retreat leader, happiness coach, and yogipreneur. Enthusiasm to love your life is contagious around Silvia. Her expert passion connects people to their own joyful potential. Silvia lives her happiness in such a big way that you can’t help but leave her classes, workshops, trainings and retreats spiritually uplifted! Born in Ecuador, raised traveling around the globe, she is an enthusiastic citizen of the world and spiritual adventurer. She has over 10,000 hours and 15 years of teaching experience, owned a yoga studio for 9 years and after being run over by a car used yoga to recover physically and emotionally. Silvia leads Alchemy Tours Yoga Retreats and Alchemy of Yoga RYT200 Yoga Teacher Training.
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