Affirmations are positive statements you make to yourself to encourage and support yourself on your personal voyage through this life, and you can never get enough of that kind of encouragement. This practice can be found the world over in many cultures and spiritual circles dating back to ancient times, so to think reciting affirmations is a new-age fad would be to ignore their long history in helping people to achieve their goals.
The discovery of neuroplasticity, that our thoughts can change the structure and function of our brains, even into old age, is the most important breakthrough in our understanding of the brain in four hundred years.
In Tibetan Buddhism, the concept of neuralplasticity has been around for far longer than Western science has recognized it – the term for it is le-su-rung-wa which means “pliability”; your brain can change based on repeated experience. It’s no surprise then that studies have been performed on plasticity during meditation and have shown that the brain can change based purely on mental training. This of course has huge ramifications for mental practice and its impact on overall well-being. If you can think yourself into being more compassionate, or more positive and more resourceful, or calmer and more content, it seems a little too good to be true. But with some effort, it’s possible. – Neuroplasticity: Your Brain’s Amazing Ability to Form New Habits
Affirmations and mantras
Affirmation recitation is closely related to recitation of mantras.
Saying any word produces an actual physical vibration. Over time, if we know what the effect of that vibration is, then the word may come to have meaning associated with the effect of saying that vibration or word. This is one level of energy basis for words. … Another level is intent. If the actual physical vibration is coupled with a mental intention, the vibration then contains an additional mental component which influences the result of saying it. – Healing mantras
Maintaining a positive attitude іѕ vital tο maintaining both physical health and mental health, and a flow of healthy and happy thoughts can result from establishing an affirmation practice. In fact, affirmations can change how you think about yourself and how you view the world.
Be the change you want to see in the world. — Mahatma Gandhi
I have found many affirmations created by others fit my practice, but the most powerful affirmations are those of my own creation. The most powerful affirmations are personal, passionate, purposeful, positive, and stated in the present tense.
Reciting affirmations helps me select a direction for my flow of thoughts at the beginning of the day and reciting them again throughout the day helps me rebalance when I feel off-balance. Combining creative visualizations with my affirmations using all of my senses makes the affirmations more vivid and realistic.
There is nothing in your life that you cannot modify, change, or improve when you learn to regulate your thought. — Rhonda Byrne
Many people interested in self-growth use readily available affirmations they find in books or on the internet or that others have shared with them for a short while, then claim they experience no results and stop. I have done this giving up on myself more than once too but I know I must persist. Like any other mind training practice to be effective affirmations must be repeated on a regular basis. Each time I reaffirm them by saying them aloud, with passion and purpose I am slowly changing my mindset.
There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self. –Aldous Huxley
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The Affirmations Directory provides a list of all the categories of affirmations currently available. Daily Affirmations provides a list of individual affirmations, presented with a simple image that can be printed. The How To pages provide guidance for writing and using affirmations.
I don’t make New Years Resolutions but I did choose “creative” as my One Powerful Word to inspire me in 2011. Below you will find some of the affirmations I have been using in my practice.
An endless reservoir of creativity lies within me.
Creative energy flows through me at all times.
I am always developing new ways of doing things.
Every creative thought I express provides me with great joy.
- Do you now or have you ever had an affiirmation practice?
- If you do would you like to share one or more of your affirmations?
- Do you have any thoughts on affirmations that you would like to share?