Affirmations Are Powerful!
Would you develop a practice of thinking, speaking or writing positive affirmations if you knew it would strengthen your immune system?
Thoughts create chemicals that pour into the rivers and streams coursing through our body. Within 20 seconds, the chemical composition of the body is altered by a thought, having an acid or alkaline effect on our body. Patterns of positive thinking, added to the attention of the breath, can serve to enhance our health and well-being. By Lauren Robins, MS, LMT (The Indefinite Body)
What you choose to focus upon is you practicing affirmations – positive or negative. You affirm all day every day. You choose your affirmations (good or bad) through the:
- thoughts you think, your habits, beliefs, opinions, moods and attitudes
- stories and judgments you create about yourself and others
- television programs and movies you watch
- music you create and listen to
- blogs you read and write, the emails you send or receive, the letters and books you read or write
- words you speak over yourself and others
In essence, you are making choices each and every day. You can tell by checking in on how you are feeling whether you have been focusing on something that triggers positive, feel good unconditional love/loving kindness type of emotions. Alternatively if you place your attention on something that triggers feelings of not enough-ness, fear, frustration, disappointment, doubt, anger or loneliness your body will communicate directly whether these emotions leave you feel well or poorly.
Dynamics of human behavior, emotional intelligence, mindfulness, retraining the brain, mental health and the mind, body connection are topics which I enjoy studying. The interrelationship between affirmations, thoughts, habits, beliefs, emotions and behavior, the human brain and the human body intrigue me.
Evidence proves that affirmations have the capacity to trigger strong emotions (positive or negative). Emotions impact the brain’s limbic system, the neocortex and the body’s immune system.
Don’t have a daily practice of offering positive affirmations? Dr. Ellen Langer, Ph.D., social psychologist offers insights worthy of contemplation. Dr. Langer teaches the importance of approaching life with the child like curiosity we are prewaired to embrace naturally. She recommends we seek out what is new. Ellen J. Langer writes about novelty-seeking, engagement, novelty producing, and flexibility in her works on thinking and mindful learning. An individual who seeks novelty perceives each situation as an opportunity to learn something new… A novelty producing person generates new information in order to learn more about the current situation. Flexible people welcome a changing environment rather than resist it.
I encourage you to learn more about the science behind positive affirmations. There is a growing community of thought leaders in the fields of neuroscience, neuropsychology and more recently psychoneuroimmunology who have written books that touch on this topic. While these books may be based on scientific evidence, they are often found in the self improvement section of popular book stores.
Enjoy the human being-ness of this adventure we call life. Approach life with a sense of seeking novelty, being curious and adventurous all key components to learning, stretching, growing, evolving and simply having fun. To learn more about this or related topics, check out the following list of books that have been written by leaders in the fields previously referenced:
‘Tis the Season for Positive Affirmations Not Resolutions
It is the Christmas season and I believe Christmas is more than a time for parties, shopping and decorations. It is a time for humanity to remember how important it is to offer unconditional love, ‘without judgment.’
Walk in your light, be gentle and kind to yourself and your fellow human beings. This moment, this hour, this day, people are facing any number of challenges in their lives. The story of Christmas causes us to stop – check in with ourselves, acknowledge and release our limiting thoughts, beliefs and habits.
Christmas, beautiful Christmas encourages us to open our minds, engage our hearts and to reach out and care for those who may be feeling vulnerable for any number of reasons at this time of the year. Imagine for a moment that you are an expecting mother or father and your current reality is that you do not have a warm, safe home fit to welcome the arrival of your little bundle of joy. You are at your most vulnerable, you must rely on the kindness and compassion of complete strangers.
A Christmas and New Year’s Challenge:
Set your intention today to begin a ‘daily’ practice of creating and reflecting on positive affirmations. The following affirmations are shared for the purpose of inspiring. You may opt to either read and/or write these down or create your own affirmations:
- I am a human being not a human doing.
- I am a bearer of gifts of joy and happiness which are more important than the gifts under the Christmas tree.
- I am a receiver who is open to receive an abundance of nourishment to feed my mind, body and soul.
- I am a teacher and a student of life who is curious to learn about the many interesting points of view that exist throughout our universe.
- I am guided by the wisdom of the sages.
- I am consciously shifting my old limiting habits and beliefs.
- I am a creator of new, empowering and energizing points of view.
- I am a believer; the finest carols are frequently sung by the poorest voices, from hearts warmed by the wonder of the season.
- I am a believer of the universal message that we should not be afraid. One precious little Child of Bethlehem overcame fears, anxieties and insecurities in order to stand in his unique brand of love and light which means I can too!
- I am conscious and aware of what it is I am focusing on as I joyfully lean into my greatness, goodness and abundance!
- I am uplifting! I am in sync with my unique brand of love and light.
- I am feeling great! I am the spirit of Christmas! I am Peace on Earth!
Ideally, it is best if you create your own list of positive affirmations that align with your life goals. In early days I use to refer to affirmations written by inspirational people including Dr. Wayne Dyer and Louise Hay. I recommend adding these two books, a couple of my all time favorites, to your toolkit for life:
I wish to offer up a special “Thank-you” to the Positive Thinkers Club St. John’s, Newfoundland for inviting me to share affirmations at their Christmas event this year (their 27th year). It is with gratitude that I acknowledge the member’s who shared that the words I had spoken had uplifted them. Each encounter had left me feeling as if the Spirit of Christmas had hugged me from the inside out.
Merry Christmas to All!
Leaders’ and Life Strategist and Coach
ITZ Focus Solutions (Founder)