Each week we will be sharing a new affirmation. The introductory information will remain the same, but if you are new to affirmations, please check out the first two sections on “What is an Affirmation?” and “How to Practice Your Affirmation.” If you regularly read our weekly article or already do affirmations, feel free to skip to the section titled “Read Today’s Affirmation.”
What is an Affirmation
Many have heard of affirmations, but if you haven’t tried them yet, you are missing out! Simply put, an affirmation is a statement you use to affirm yourself – you know, to say something positive. There are many different types, and as long as they are positive, there really is no wrong way to do an affirmation.
Affirmations can be a simple phrase, a list of related statements, or a focused paragraph. All of these work well depending on the situation you are working on, the time you have, and your intention – your intention being the most important part of the equation.
Do Affirmations Work?
According to an article by Catherine Moore, Psychologist, MBA in PositivePsychology.com “There is MRI evidence suggesting that certain neural pathways are increased when people practice self-affirmation tasks (Cascio et al., 2016). If you want to be super specific, the ventromedial prefrontal cortex—involved in positive valuation and self-related information processing—becomes more active when we consider our personal values (Falk et al., 2015; Cascio et al., 2016).
The results of a study by Falk and colleagues suggest that when we choose to practice positive affirmations, we’re better able to view “otherwise-threatening information as more self-relevant and valuable” (2015: 1979).”
So the bottom line is yes – affirmations work. It’s not a magic bullet. You do have put in the time and effort to practice them regularly. Do some research and find the affirmations that resonate with you, then begin to put them into practice. You can begin your search with the affirmation for today.
How to Practice Your Affirmation
Here is how to practice today’s affirmation. It is not original – but it is so good, I had to share (with permission of course and the promise to keep the originator anonymous). If you are comfortable with the idea, I like to recommend that people do this in front of a mirror. Read the affirmation a phrase at a time, then pause after each phrase. Take time to look yourself in the eye and then repeat the phrase back to yourself aloud. When you are finished with the affirmation, take time to breathe and reflect.
Finish your time by answering the self-reflection questions below. You can answer them any way you like, but I prefer to have a journal where I can have both my affirmations and the answers to my questions together. You may be surprised when you look back at them one day and discover the answers may be totally different.
Read Today’s Affirmation
I live according to my faith.
My faith plays a guiding role in my daily life. I put my beliefs into action.
Study, prayer, and meditation prepare me to live my faith. I build a strong foundation that inspires and empowers me. I develop the courage and wisdom to overcome challenges, and use my spiritual gifts to serve others and create a better life for myself.
My faith encourages me to give more. I share my time and resources with my family, friends, and community. I comfort a friend who is feeling blue and help an elderly neighbor with yard work.
My faith shapes the way I speak. I choose words that convey my respect and affection for others. I promote peace and harmony.
My faith motivates me to take care of my wellbeing. I go to bed early so I can wake up rested and strong. I eat a balanced diet, and exercise daily. I manage stress by taking a warm bath or watching a funny movie.
My faith fills me with gratitude. I give thanks for my blessings.
My faith increases my patience. I accept delays and setbacks as a natural part of life. I remain calm and adapt to whatever circumstances come my way.
My faith defines me and gives me purpose. I call upon my faith for routine chores and small gestures, as well as great demands.
Today, I demonstrate my faith. My actions reflect my beliefs.
Answer the Self-Reflection Questions:
1. Who are three positive role models who can teach me how to live my faith?
2. What is the difference between living by faith and living in fear?
3. How can I live my faith in my workplace?
I hope you enjoyed this issue of Sunday Serenities. It is my mission to help provide you with the tools you need to have a more peaceful life so you can:
Find your purpose – Find your joy!
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