Affirmations and Incantations
What is your morning ritual?
Is it something you even think about, or does the day just begin while you brush your teeth and think about all the tasks that lay ahead of you.
Tao Porchon-Lynch, the world's oldest yoga instructor (99), has a juicy piece of advice to set the tone for your day; 'When you wake up every morning say "this is going to be the best day of my life" and it will be'.
Something I have noticed that is a consistent pattern with many of the coaches and mentors I follow (all humans who are happy, healthy, and wealthy!), is starting the day with a positive mindset. Specifically, they all seem to agree on the importance of affirmations and (as Tony Robbins prefers) incantations.
We spend so much of our time thinking without actually paying attention to our thoughts. Not realizing that we are programming our brain to accept our thoughts as truth and create mental patterns through repetition of ideas (good or bad!).
In Michael A. Singer's book The Untethered Soul he explains a concept that I love. I'm paraphrasing here, but essentially he says that you are not your thoughts. Your thoughts are not your soul or your identity. You are the seer of the thoughts.
It's so exciting and so true! You have the ability to judge the thoughts that pass through your mind, assess them, accept them, or reject them! So if you catch yourself thinking thoughts that don't make you feel good, you can stop yourself in that moment and adjust your thinking. You're the boss of your mind! How powerful is that?!
(This observation of self is also what he suggests to be the path of spiritual awakening, but we'll save that for another day).
This is where the fun comes in, now that you know that you're in control, you can change your thought patterns to align with the best self that you seek to become. Just tell yourself that you're already there and vibrate at the frequency of that which you desire.
Your subconscious mind resonates with your emotional state, so if you repeat affirmations with enthusiasm and FEEL THEM as you say them, your brain will learn to accept them as truth. This may take time, but the result is incredible.
Here are some of my favourite affirmations:
- Every day in every way, I get better and better.
- I am so happy and grateful now that money comes to me in increasing quantities, through multiple sources, on a continuous basis.
- I meet kind people everywhere I go.
- The universe is created in absolute perfection, and I am a reflection of that creation.
If my daily affirmations don't resonate with you, create a list that does.
Write them down and try them out for 21 days, every day, multiple times a day (just repeat them while you drive, wait in line, shower, etc), and see how it impacts your beliefs.
Now the fun part!
Get EXCITED while you say your affirmations! Tony Robbins loves to incorporate movement, and embody the words as he says them. Shout them out. Throw your hands in the air. Incorporate music if that contributes to the feel good vibes. And get seriously worked up about how amazing you and your life are.
Like physical strength, having a strong mind takes work. Exercise and repetition.
You want to be healthy, fit, and look good in a bikini, but if you don't stick to your routine, skip out on the gym, and go back to eating ice cream sandwiches on the couch, your body is not going to change itself. The same goes for your mind. If you truly want to change the programming in your mind and break the cycles of thoughts that you have been constructing your whole life, you're going to have to put in the work. No matter how cheesy it sounds, silly it feels, or uncomfortable it makes you to shout "I LOVE MYSELF" at the top of your lungs while you look yourself in the eyes, do it anyways.
Everything is a challenge before it is easy.
For me it helps to look at images that reinforce my affirmation (ie. Look at a photo of yourself that makes you feel beautiful and repeat "I am beautiful, successful, and worthy"). I love to look at photos of myself laughing and having fun because it helps me embody that emotional state even on a down day. Don't have photos that make you feel like a sexpot badass goddess? Call me.
Please share your fave affirmations with me. I would love to hear from you as you continue on your self-love journey.
Love, Light, & Gratitude,