What was the last thing you said to yourself? Was it loving? Kind? Or was it negative and self-sabotaging? We can often be our own worst enemy with the words that we think about ourselves.
Today, I will share how you can leverage affirmations to alleviate the negative feelings, sensations, and emotions that take a biological, physical, and mental toll on the body, mind, and spirit.
Before we dive into affirmations, it can be helpful to recognize where you are starting from.
Creating an Emotional Dashboard
Take a moment and become aware and witness what thoughts and the quality of the thoughts that you spend your energy on. Do your thoughts ring with positivity or negativity? Consider your physical and emotional reactions as a dashboard alerting you to how you how you are communicating with yourself. Begin to ask questions of yourself with a spirit of curiosity and love.
The quality and intention of the words and phrases you use carry an energetic vibration that impacts the state of your well-being. Negative thoughts carry a low vibration and don’t carry far, which leaves the cells starving for energy. Biochemical processes carried with energy are reduced, like the lack of oxygen needed to support vitality and health.
Once you know the current state of your emotions and energy, affirmations can help you move into a more positive state.
After doing this myself, I was surprised by how downright mean I was to myself! So, I began to embrace positive thinking. Through my journey with yoga, I learned and studied affirmations that I now practice daily, an is an essential tool I use to maintain a healthy lifestyle and achieve my fitness and business goals.
-Affirmations have been used for thousands of years in all cultures around the world.
-Affirmations are positive thoughts and statements that encourage self and others.
-Affirmations shift the energy to more positive and higher vibrations and affect your well-being and state of mind.
-Affirmations need to come from within you and align with what your cells and biology need to hear. You must believe in it; it must resonate and feel good to you when you say it.
-Affirmations need to be repeated and practiced every day for them to impact and shift energy and make a positive impact on your mental health and well-being.
I love working with clients to create personalized affirmations that resonate and have a deep sense of purpose for them.
I had a client recently that was using “I am strong,” and it wasn’t really resonating with her. So, I asked her to pause, listen and ask herself what she needs to hear…and within a few minutes, she said, “I am wise”. This matched more closely with her vibration and what she was overcoming.
This new affirmation aligned with her so deeply that within 3 months, she created her own business based on her life experience and is now sharing her “wisdom”.
Affirmations are crucial to mind/body connection and to feel in harmony with life.
The Science of Affirmations
What does science have to say about affirmations?
Affirmations change the pathways of the brain and impact the reward system, which expands your view and perspective, reduces stress in the body, raises the vibration of the energy, and increases oxygen to each cell and organ in return.
Affirmations also increase resiliency and empower the individual to move through, forward, and beyond.
Everything is energy, and as Einstein proved, “energy cannot be destroyed, only transformed” and yes thoughts are energy...and I believe 100% through affirmations, negativity can transform into a higher vibrating frequency which creates a positive state of mind.
Affirmations are the pillar of training for elite athletes and successful businessmen and women, and accessible to every single human being. Affirmations are free, accessible, and beneficial to even our simple tasks in the day. Let’s give it a try!
Your Affirmation Practice
Become aware of your thoughts and notice the phrases and content of your words and self-chatter. Take a week or so and journal on this to recognize your current habits.
Find the most positive statement, phrase, or word to override the negative. For example, change “I can’t” to “I will”, or “I’m not strong enough “to “My body is my source of strength”.
Repeat the affirmation throughout the day.
Practice. Practice. Practice. Repetition is key to retrain the pathways and shift the energy to a higher vibration!
If you would like help creating your own personalized wellness practice or host a company/team workshop that includes affirmations, schedule a complimentary lifestyle consultation with me.
With Love and Light,
Jenny Lind, C-IAYT, Certified Yoga Therapist