Affirmations are a positive word or statement set in the present tense. They invoke a felt sense of what or how it is you would like to feel at your best. When you are the best version of yourself. My love of words grows constantly as my previous post on some of my favourite poems suggests. I am also a sucker for a good font and typeface! I studied printing technology hundreds of years ago in Bolton St. college and was very interested in the graphic side of how word shapes and form can affect our reading experience. Did you now that some wonderful people invented fonts specifically to help people with dyslexia? The letters are more rounded and no serifs (the fancy, useless bits I call them).
So, it is often said that our bodies process our emotions and our minds the thoughts we have AND we all know now that there is a lot to the mind - body connection in how we function, feel and order our health. When you think about the amount of thoughts we have in any given day, how many of these are telling us how wonderful we are and how many are criticising, comparing and judging us (and others) unnecessarily? When we use an affirmation it creates a feedback to the body too, creating that nice body mind connection in a positive way. They can also help in times of uncertainty when we have to let go and allow things pan out in the way that we may not have control over. They are an affirmation of life. This is not to say that it glosses over all things difficult as in spiritual bypassing but they can ground us a bit in hard times when we have to work through challenges. Here are some I like to use. I incorporate them into the yoga I share in the Being Well members group.