Originally written/published September 20, 2012
A few years ago, after attending my first “I Can Do It’ conference, I took away mountains of inspiration as well as tools for growth and self-awareness. I was reminded of the power of affirmations and began using them again, daily. Again, I saw my mood become lighter, happier, more hopeful and full of possibility. My life began to shift and change. I even found the courage to leave my not-so-happy marriage of 11 years. I have been working with and using affirmations ever since. I have some I do all the time, some for certain situations and some that change or evolve as my life changes and I evolve. I think of my affirmations as sowing seeds of intention in to the Universe.
This past weekend, I attended Hay House publishing’s “I Can Do It” conference in Washington, D.C., feeling very uplifted and full of inspiration! As I listened to Louise Hay and Cheryl Richardson talk about the power of affirmations, I was again reminded of just how truly life-changing affirmations are. They discussed how using affirmations to love oneself can help to bring about miracles in thinking and life experiences. Realizing that I had been down on myself a bit lately, I decided to employ some new ones (really, just some that I forgot about.)
Here are a few affirmations I like to use:
(a new one I now use upon waking in the morning while looking in to a mirror) “Hi beautiful! I love you, just the way you are”
“My income is always increasing”
“I am thriving – physically, financially & spiritually”
“I am love. I am light. I am Goddess”
“I am open to possibility. Wonderful new opportunities present themselves to me.”
(I have MANY more – this is just a small sampling)
Ok, I do love myself – I really do! And I don’t feel at all funny telling myself that in the mirror. It feels good to me. Not everyone will feel good doing this one right away, but I challenge you to look in the mirror every morning and tell yourself that You love You and see what happens when you keep it up for a while. The way I see it is that I know some pretty wonderful people, and those folks love me. If those wonderful people that I love and look up to love me, then I must be pretty wonderful, too. And I also know what is in my heart – LOVE. Love of the truest, most altruistic kind. Love for people (yes, even strangers), animals, the earth, the work I do, love of life, plants, etc. I am not always perfect in my love, but I strive to be loving even & especially when it is challenging. I look for the Divine in all beings.
Think about the parts of your life that could be better. Then, create affirmations around what you would like to see happen or change. The Universe will receive your affirmations like an instant message, so keep them in the present tense. And, find ways to keep them positive, even if dealing with difficulties like addiction. For example, “I always choose to eat foods that are nutritious and supportive.” Or, “I easily avoid foods that do not support my best health.” Create a few affirmations and then repeat them to yourself out loud, or in silence, or write them down. Practice this each day, preferably in the morning, to help set a positive, upbeat tone for the day.
I love me. I love you!