Today I would like to discuss positive affirmations and how helpful it can be to practice them!
After being in university for the past 4 and a half years I have finally learned how much of a difference it makes when you practice positive affirmations and visualization! Firstly, I am like most students I’d say, a major procrastinator. If there’s an essay due in 3 weeks I will still end up leaving it until the last 4 days before it’s due, if I’m lucky. I always joke that I work best under pressure because of this. But I would always feels insanely stressed and frustrated because I was so used to beating myself up for procrastinating so long. What kind of an effect did that have? Obviously not a great one. I’d convince myself that it would take me forever to finish the assignment, that I would feel upset, extremely stressed, tired, you name it. And so the entire time I’d be working on the assignment I would keep feeding myself these crappy thoughts that made me feel worse and worse about myself and the situation I had gotten myself into. I dreaded writing the essays when it came to that point, and was constantly miserable and irritable while working.
So what did I start doing to change that? I started telling myself NO! I don’t need to beat myself up for procrastinating, it certainly hasn’t made my life any easier by doing so. And so I began telling myself NO every time a negative thought came up. On top of that I would also visualize myself finished the assignment, happy, relaxed, not stressed but feeling satisfied after writing an essay I would be proud to pass in. It made a world of difference! I began to notice that I could focus so much more on my essay when I wasn’t feeling so negative about the whole experience! I could more clearly organize my essay, and better articulate what I wanted to say because I was supporting myself and what I wanted to say rather than beating myself up about it all.
The reason why I call it ‘practicing’ positive affirmations and visualizations is because it can be difficult at times. You have to keep working at it and trying. I tried practicing it when my boyfriend and I had lost his cat for a few days. It wasn’t easy, especially during the night when we had no idea where she was. However every time a negative thought came across about Norma, I would just let it go and visualize something positive – having her come home safe and sound, imagining the love and happiness that would come from being reunited with her. We did find her by the way safe and sound, she was going from one person’s apartment to the next trying to find my boyfriend’s apartment.
Now, I would like to ask Kaine, my spirit guide, to explain positive affirmations a bit further!
Positive affirmations, visualizations techniques, being optimistic, they all have an effect on you and your life. Remember, this is a time of great manifestation. What you send out is reflected back into your life to you. So if you are constantly worrying about your job, your roommates, your next career choice, then you will only see the negatives about your current situations. If you begin to replace these negative thoughts with positive ones then you will begin to see what aspects of your job you actually do enjoy. We would like to describe the process of positive or negative thinking as more of a spiral than an infinite loop, even though it may very well feel like that to you at times, especially during difficult times.
Why do we refer to it as a spiral you may ask? It is because you can always start moving up or down the spiral, it is your choice, your decision. We can always help guide you to see the positive when you feel there is none. All you need to do is ask ❤ We call it a spiral as well because it is difficult to jump from one extreme to the next.
For example, there are many times when Katherine will feel upset or angry about a current situation, like today she was cranky because she was awake at 6am, as she was looking forward to sleeping in some more. She understands that she can let go of the anger, however she always finds that there is no ‘switch’ to turn the negative feelings into positive ones instantly. It takes some time to calm yourself, to find your balance, and to let go. It does not help that she is stubborn and will hold on to the feelings for longer than necessary, but she is learning to let go, as are many of you. My advice to her, as it is for each of you, is when you feel you are angry, upset, or frustrated, etc., and you would like to let go of the emotions to find your balance again then just practice taking some deep breaths. Connecting yourself to your breath is how you find your stillness. When you are sitting in stillness then you are allowing all that is to be. If you feel that you have difficulty with calming your mind then simply ask for our assistance and we shall help you.
What are some ways people can begin practicing this themselves?
Some simple ways that you can begin practicing positive affirmations is to tell yourself something positive instead when a negative thought comes up. When you visualize something positive also remember to feel as well. Feel the happiness, the joy, the excitement, the relief, the love from the outcome you are visualizing for yourself. Accept this outcome you desire and accept the love that it brings. That is one of the keys to all of this. When you take time to tell yourself something positive or visualize a positive outcome for a situation, then you are telling yourself and the universe that you do deserve all of this love, that you are willing and open to accepting it into your life.
Here are some simple examples:
Every time you look in a mirror try telling yourself that you look beautiful, handsome, sexy, whichever word that makes you feel the happiest about yourself. You will begin to notice a shift after a while, that you instantly think positively about your body instead of negatively.
Every time you go to eat a food, even if you know that it is unhealthy for you, or you feel your body will not react kindly to, try thanking the food you are about to eat. Send it gratitude for the nutrients it is about to give to your body. Showing appreciation and gratitude are wonderful ways to bring more positive thinking, and love, into your life.
When you think more positively about yourself, your life, and the world you live in, you will begin to notice that you have less and less negative thoughts. People who come into your life will also be more positive and loving as they are a direct reflection of what you are putting out into the world. Remember, we are always here to assist you, all you have to do is ask.
Thank you, Kaine, for all of that.
You’re welcome. Thank you all for being exactly who you are. It brings me great joy and happiness to able to help guide you to see all of the love and happiness that surrounds you each and every day. Thank you.
Thank you all for your love and support. I hope you all enjoyed today’s post! Positive affirmations and visualizing a positive outcome has really helped me reduce the amount of stress I have when I have to deal with difficult situations. It may sound silly, but it really does help! It’s like rewiring your brain to think in a loving way instead of judging yourself and your life around you. It does take some time, and practice, but you will notice a difference after a while. And if I can do it, so can you!
I hope you all have a wonderful day, evening and night! 🙂