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
My actions support my belief system.
Each day, I consciously recommit to my belief system. I use every opportunity to stay true to myself because I trust that I know what is best for me.
My beliefs make up a huge part of who I am, so I do my best to act in accordance with what I feel inside. The real me comes out when I behave according to the commands of my conscience. My integrity defines me.
Sometimes, I experience an urge to act against my better judgment. Outside influences may attempt to persuade me to break with my convictions, but I know better than to listen to them. Instead, I stay true to my own heart.
I practice listening to myself, and this allows me to take a step back and think about my beliefs before acting. I do my best to look at situations from the outside and ask myself how I would react. Consistently, my responses are aligned with my conscience.
When I am faced with a tough decision, I always take a moment to think about the consequences of my actions. I know that how I react not only impacts me, but also those around me. I want to always leave a positive mark, so I allow myself the time to pause and consider my response.
Today, I commit to doing and saying the things I believe are right. I make a point to allow my actions to be true to my thoughts and beliefs. This is how, each day, I achieve true peace of mind.
Answer the Self-Reflection Questions
- Are there situations where my actions conflict with what I believe?
- How can I strengthen my convictions so I can stand strong in them?
- In what ways can I positively influence those around me
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:
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