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Jun 15

Affirmations

Negative self talk is one of great challenges to be overcome in recovery.  Learning to “rewrite” the scripts we most commonly recite in our heads is a necessity for creating change that lasts.  Positive affirmations are an incredibly powerful tool for changing the way you think if you know how to use them.

“What you think upon grows.”  ~ Eastern Maxim

The idea that repeating a certain phrase over and over again will change your life can seem far too simple and maybe even a little silly if you don’t understand the purpose behind the practice.  The truth is that affirmations in and of themselves have no real power; they are entirely useless when used in a halfhearted or robotic manner.  The reason positive affirmations work is only because they remind you on a regular basis that you can choose your thoughts and your thoughts are EXTREMELY powerful.

Whether you know it or not you’re already affirming your beliefs about yourself and your life just about every minute of every single day.  What we consistently think about eventually plays itself out in reality with or without our conscious consent.  So it makes a lot of sense that we should start paying attention to the quality of our thought life.

There are quite a few methods for incorporating the use of positive affirmations effectively but the basic principle is the same.  Whether you write your own or use someone else’s words it’s important to find something that you will use regularly and that you are willing to BELIEVE what you’re saying.  At first that might seem challenging.  I mean why would you even need the affirmation if you already believed it?

And now we come to the direct point of the matter:  It is the desire to express those positive traits and the willingness to believe that those qualities exist somewhere inside you that is so incredibly life changing because they are already there just beneath the surface waiting for reinforcement.

Tips for Creating and Effectively Practicing Positive Affirmation:

  • Choose affirmations that clearly reflect the positive change you’d like to manifest.  Consider writing your own or making changes to those that you find especially appealing to make them more meaningful and specific.  Use words that generate feelings.
  • Make a list of your most common negative thoughts or unhealthy self talk phrases.  List areas for change in your life or character defects that you would like removed and write affirmations that reinforce positive behavior and thought instead.  Using a dictionary and thesaurus can be helpful for finding words that express the exact opposite of your negative thinking.
  • Spend some time thinking about why affirmations work and how you will use them in your everyday life.
  • Write affirmations to be used with Meridian Tapping or Affirmative Prayer and Meditation.  Chose a few words or phrases that are especially powerful to be used as a mantra of sorts and incorporate them into your daily activities.
  • Speak affirmations out loud when possible for several minutes multiple times daily.  Maybe when getting ready in the morning and before bed while looking in the mirror.  Other good times for affirmation, both aloud and silent, include exercising, driving, while falling asleep and most importantly anytime you notice negative thought patterns taking over.

Taking responsibility for our own thoughts and the ways in which we hurt ourselves is part of recovery.  As we practice different forms of self care we start to see new possibilities.   Affirmations can be great reminders of who we are meant to be and how we are meant to live.  Look inside yourself and choose to express all that is good.

The affirmations, books and videos below are provided for inspiration as you begin.  The first video is actually a full length production so you may want to save it for sometime when you can sit back and enjoy the full experience.  The videos that follow are all quite short and very helpful for understanding and creating the state of mind required for effectively using affirmations.  Louise Hay is heavily represented as she is my personal favorite and generally hailed as the queen of affirmation for healing.

Sample Affirmations from Louise Hay:

I lovingly take back my power. I release this old idea and let it go.

I give myself permission to change.

No person, place, or thing has any power over me. I am free.

I create a new life with new rules that totally support me.

I easily and comfortably release that which I no longer need in life.

I claim my power and move beyond all limitations.

All desire for [whatever it is I’m addicted to] has left me and I am free.

 

Favorites from Jane:

My Higher Power constantly guides my will and my life to the highest good.

I choose my thoughts and feelings.  I choose happiness.  I choose peace.

The past is over.  I’m creating my future with my thoughts and actions in this moment.

Loving energy surrounds me, even closer than breathing. It moves through me and I am healed.

 

       

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