Here are some more thoughts on affirmations. It's all about replacing the negative thinking patterns that keep you stuck with more empowering, hopeful and motivating thoughts and gradually changing your reality by changing your beliefs and what you attract and manifest in your life.
If phrases that state you are at your goal seem too far-fetched, look for something that resonates. One of my favorite Louise Hay affirmations from You Can Heal Your Life is "I nourish myself with spiritual food, and I feel satisfied and free." You can address new behaviors: "I'm making positive changes in my life"; "I'm willing to release the excess weight now"; "I'm letting go of all that weighs me down" (also addresses clutter); "It is safe for me to be beautiful and slender"; "Making healthy choices is a gift I give myself"; "I am a precious child of God (the Goddess); I deserve to look and feel my best."
I've also heard it suggested that to start out, you can begin affirmations with modifiers "I'm willing to ..." or "I'm learning to ...." Then when you start getting your mind retrained, so it doesn't automatically respond with "No way! That's a doggone dirty lie!" you can start shifting over to stating your goals as if they have been achieved with "I am ..." statements. One lady I took a workshop with was fond of adding the phrase "easily and effortlessly" to every affirmation, which I have sometimes borrowed. If you tell yourself making changes is going to be hard--it will be. If you tell yourself it's going to be easy, that can be your experience--especially by taking the baysteps approach.
I hope this is helpful.
Blessed Be, Amanda
"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."
[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]
Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.
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