My future is bright and beautiful. Link here to read Louise Hay’s Daily Affirmation for today.
My list of regular “to do’s” now includes repeating affirmations a few times every day. Wait! Don’t stop reading. I’m NOT trying to ride the coattails of the Law of Attraction folks. Although it is an excellent philosophy!
Actually, this all started with my friend Johna, the Queen of humor and life-loving and being happy in the moment. I used to cringe when she would say, “Life is perfect,” (ack!) because I thought she was jinxing herself, calling the wrath of the universe down on her head, begging the devil to notice her and screw up every last little crumb of happiness.
My personal philosophy was when life was going well, I’d begin to anticipate a call from the IRS, listen for the knock on the door with news someone had run over the dog. You get the picture. I thought good times only visited once in a while, and I had to take care not to scare them away. Now I know better. I understand that like all of us, Johna may want more, have hopes for the future, be striving for improvement – but, although she has dreams and aspirations, Johna is one of the Lucky Ones who knows life is perfect, just the way it is.
When my friend Ginger gave me Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret three years ago, I started to get excited about the possibilities that, like Johna, I could live in a world that was great more often than not. Because I began to see that the difference between myself and Johna wasn’t what I actually had, it was how I perceived my experiences. She noticed and appreciated the good stuff. I focused on the crap. She got more good stuff, I got more crap.
So I wrote a few affirmations around how I wanted to “be.” Question: What is an affirmation? Glad you asked. Basically, positive sentences crafted in the present tense that describe or declare what you want to be, do, or have, and constructed as if the goal had been accomplished. Say again?
Two wonderful people who’ve really grown the affirmation/positive self-talk movement over the past few decades (long before the marvel of Rhonda Byrne) are Louise Hay (You Can Heal Your Life) and Shakti Gawain (Creative Visualization). Read their work. They explain it much better than I ever could.
Trying to program my brain to think good thoughts didn’t work at first (still doesn’t work, some days). My mind can be a shrieking psych ward, teeming with all sorts of imagined rants and verbal paybacks. It was difficult to overcome the mental chatter about wanting to rave and shake a finger (guess which) in someone’s face over some perceived slight. But I stuck with my affirmations because they provide a safe haven, a reminder of what I believe I can do, where I want to go, the person I really want to be, what I want to achieve, and ultimately what I (and you!) deserve. These steadying mantras offer my mind a calming retreat when I’m in doubt, irritation, frustration, or disappointment. Hmmm. Translation: Most of the TIME.
My biggest challenge is a sneaky belief that “it’s not happening fast enough,” and I peel my thoughts away from this rocky path a million times a week. Literally. But that’s how you change a habit (or a life), isn’t it? Decide that what you want is more important to you than what you have, then get in the trenches and do the hard work.
My list of daily affirmations:
I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy (from The Secret!)
I am healthy, wealthy, compassionate, joyful and wise
I am a calm, patient, tolerant, joyful woman
I think only happy thoughts, and only good things come to me
Every aspect of my life is improving daily
I earn more than $100,000 profit every year from my exciting, self-employed writing career (Go ahead, snicker. I can dream.)
I always attract exactly the right people and circumstances to help me quickly and effortlessly achieve all my goals and dreams
I am living my ideal life
I am open to receive
I can do ANYTHING
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