Many people go through life with their routines of daily prayer, meditating, or making life happen on their own. At some point in life though, some challenges become so difficult, it’s hard just to function. You could feel like your prayers go unanswered and just question all the choices in life you have made. Certain days are better than others and with time, you manage to work through it. Along the way you read new things and try new tools with hopes that they will give you a new outlook.
Within the last few years, when I was at a difficult point in life, there were many days I was just going through the motions of life. I felt I could not make any major life changes and had to get my mind in a good place, so I could function. I was guided to Affirmations, little sayings that put me in control of changing how I thought about something, as a tool to help me move forward. They gave me a sense of feeling confident that I was making positive changes, by starting with how I thought about my situation.
Affirmations are different from prayers in the sense that you are stating your belief to the universe.
Prayer is when we ask God to intervene or we express our gratitude; so slightly different, but both in the same category of expression and having belief.
Words are more powerful than we realize when going through the daily routine. They affect the mind and influence how we perceive ourselves and aspects of our life. If you have ever felt pain from someone’s words, then you know the value of them. The ego uses words against us daily to convince our minds of certain things that will mentally drag us down, like eating when depressed, talking yourself out of exercising, cussing a lot, constantly starting your conversations off with everything that is wrong in your life, or always pointing out the negatives in a situation. These words, in the form of thoughts, can even cause physical repercussions- from the habits of thinking you need coffee and sodas regularly, eating fried foods, eating fast food constantly, and using excessive amounts of sugar.
On the other hand, words when used properly, can motivate, cause change, and create joy. By saying Affirmations, words have helped me to adjust my mind so I could change my routine, break unhealthy habits, release anger, forgive, find joy, and my personal favorite- find emotional stability… that is priceless!
By stating a simple line each day, such as:
“I expect great things today, tomorrow, and the rest of the week.”
“I find joy in my daily routine.”
“I am deserving of money.”
“I can do everything I set my mind to.”
“I live in the present moment by being grateful for all of my life experiences as a child.”
“I have access to unlimited assistance. My strength comes from my connection to my Source of being.”
“I have the ability to accomplish any task I set my mind to with ease and comfort.”
You are sending the belief and declaration out into the universe. Eventually, you notice that your belief in what you are saying gets stronger and you see that the universe responds by building your life up around you to reinforce those words.
~Things will start to flow easier.
~You begin to see things from a new perspective.
~You find a sense of calm among the storms of life.
~You notice changes happening around you that are for the best of everyone involved.
I recently read a book that I recommend if you are new to the concept. You Can Create An Exceptional Life by Louise Hay and Cheryl Richardson. This is a candid conversation going through the daily life of Louise Hay, one of the first leaders in the self help movement and founder of Hay House Publishing. Cheryl and Louise walk through situations in Louise's daily life that show you how simple affirmations, said daily, can help show the reader how changing your perspective makes all the difference.
When life needs a change; when a habit needs to be broken; when life just gets the best of you and just getting through the day is a challenge and you’re not sure how to get started, the simplest beginning is to talk yourself into re-believing in yourself. As you continue to say the affirmations daily, you will see peace, change, and a confidence that seems to feel like life is back on track.
You can create your own affirmations, or there are many pre written ones out there to help you get started.
Dr. Wayne Dyer has several books dedicated to affirmations, one is Excuses Begone! He also has a free app for your smart phone that has a simple card set that tackles life’s challenges right at your fingertips.
Hay House is a publisher of many books using positive tools, such as the You Can Create An Exceptional Life and www.healyourlife.com
Richard A. Luck is a Life Coach who gives you 50 free affirmations just for signing up for his newsletter at www.richardaluck.com.
Life is made up of many different experiences and there are many ways of getting through the tough times. You must find what works for you. In a time of so much access to information, it is very likely that someone has been where you are and can pass on some wisdom.
Affirmations are just one tool to help during those times when you need a boost and to help you maintain a positive path. By starting small and using positive words, you can keep the ego in its place and not let raw emotions lead life, then peace can be found as you remind yourself of the amazing being you are, smart, loving, and capable.
Try new things, change old habits, keep your mind open to possibilities. Life and its challenges do work to help you experience new things and find new ways of living. Change is inevitable and constant. Enjoy the ride.
Much Love and Affirmations.