What Are Affirmations?
Affirmations are the action or process of affirming something. In other words it means that whatever we think, feel, say or even do is an affirmation.
Mindful affirmations are a proven method of self-improvement. Much like exercise, they raise the level of feel-good hormones and push our brains to form new clusters of positive thoughts. In the sequence of thought-speech-action, affirmations play an integral role by breaking patterns of negative thoughts, negative speech, and in turn negative actions.
Mindful affirmations are simple. They let us be in conscious control of our thoughts. They are short, powerful statements. When we say them or think them, or even hear them, they become the thoughts that create our reality. Affirmations then are our conscious thoughts.
Every thought we think, every word we say, is actually an affirmation. All of our self-talk or inner dialogue is a stream of affirmations. We are continually affirming consciously and subconsciously, with our words, feelings and thoughts, and this flow of affirmations is creating our life experience in every moment.
Research has shown that we have between 45,000 and 51,000 thoughts a day. That’s about 150 to 300 thoughts a minute. Research has also shown that for most people 80% of those thoughts are negative and fearful.
Mindful affirmations make us consciously aware of our thoughts. When we start making conscious positive thoughts, we actually become more aware of the negative thoughts, in order for us to change them for the better.
When we are not aware of our thoughts, they tend to be negative. Not being aware of our thoughts tends to cause a negative spiral downward. Whatever we are thinking, about 90% gets carried over to the next day’s 51,000 thoughts. Therefore, when we think negative thoughts, it might cause us to think more negative thoughts – unfortunately this is not going to create a more loving and compassionate life for anybody. Mindful affirmations can change that!
To affirm means to say something positively and assert something to be true. Mindful affirmations are statements, where we assert that what we want to be true is true. Affirmations within love, joy and compassion can lead to a more happy life regardless of location. In the same manner as suffering is painful regardless of location. Therefore why not aim for the better and caring feelings in life? I know I do!
Let´s aim for the upward emotional spiral to feel our best. It is almost just like weight training. We can systematic build up our love, joy and compassion ‘muscle’ and respond to life at our best to be our best.
Benefits of Using Mindful Affirmations
Not only can mindful affirmations help us to think and feel in a more uplifting way. According to studies, using positive mindful affirmations can also lead to a better health. When we are compassionate and feel love, studies show that we tend to have lower blood pressure, less anxiety, fewer colds, manage stress better. We might even live longer.
The reason a compassionate lifestyle leads to greater well-being, may be that the act of giving appears to be as pleasurable as the act of receiving – if not more so. Giving (including the act of giving good energy) to others even increases well-being above and beyond what we experience when we e.g. spend money on ourselves.
The parts of the brain that are active when we experience pleasure are equally active when we observe someone giving. Studies shows, that giving treats to others increases the givers’ happiness more than receiving. Now that is something to think about 🙂
Let´s give the world some more loving, joyful and compassionate vibrations so we happily can rebound in all the good energies.
Below you can see a super good illustration from Esther and Jerry Hicks of downwards and upwards emotions and how they can spiral for better or less better. I know which one I prefer. Up Up We Go ?
If you want to read more about the emotional spirals I invite you to read: Positive Emotions And Negative Emotions
Photo: Esther & Jerry Hicks