Using affirmations is a practice that empowers you to heal from within and allows you to cancel, negate,macro photography of heart shape sand decor and correct old, negative thought patterns. Positive affirmations can improve our health and can help us live more fulfilling lives by helping us change our thought patterns to more positive and meaningful ideas. Thoughts are mental cognitions that we often perceive as real and factual, which can lead to an emotional response.

You may have experienced trauma or other painful encounters throughout your life that have formed mental constructs in your mind. Maybe you were bullied or made fun of. Maybe you had a traumatic upbringing, or little family support, or a career that didn’t carry you as far in life as you had imagined it would.

Whatever the issue, you can begin to form more positive and meaningful experiences when you can change your thought patterns and mindset to be more opportunistic. Doing this will allow your mind to be open to innovative ideas and ways of acting in the world so that you can take on new experiences without fear and with excitement and anticipation. Positive affirmations are for self-confidence, power, and stamina, and are also for healing, surrender and accountability.

Recognizing Our Thought Patterns

gold and silver round ornamentThe first step to implementing positive affirmations for healing is to recognize your thought patterns and understand the root cause of your suffering or overwhelm. When it comes to your healing, you’ll want to dig deep to determine where to do the work and where you’re healed enough already to let go and move forward. When a certain aspect of your life is repetitious and keeps coming back unresolved, you’ll know you need to do deep, or deeper, work.

Diving into positive affirmations is a wonderful way to begin this practice of reformation of your mind. You first want to recognize your thought patterns and understand where your thoughts are coming from. When you have experienced trauma or another issue you are dissatisfied with, you may begin to form detrimental thought patterns around the situation.

You might begin to internalize or believe other people’s projections or ideas about us that are not necessarily true. Instead of allowing thought patterns and mindsets to control us, you can take control and decide to improve your mindset and create a new reality.

How to Use Positive Affirmations

Creating change in your life using positive affirmations is an easy practice but can be very profound. Thebrown dried leaves on black concrete stairs practice of using positive affirmations involves the consistent repetition of a phrase or idea that is new to the mind and cancels out or changes a negative thought or belief that we hold.

When you identify a negative thought or belief, you can ask yourself what is at the root of the belief. Follow the thought back to its origins in your life and begin to ask yourself when and why you started having a particular belief about something or yourself. Then, change the thought to one that is more positive and productive for you.

If you had a thought that made you feel inferior or ashamed, you can identify this and choose a new thought and statement that affirms your self-confidence and self-identity. You can choose to implement a new idea and repeat it consistently until it begins to take shape and manifest in your life.

Some positive affirmations work quickly while other thoughts and beliefs change over months, years and even decades. Yet, when you commit to changing your mindset and bringing in healing through positive affirmations, you are guaranteed to be gifted with a new outlook and perspective that brings peace and healing along your journey.

About the Author Dianne Daniels

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, and currently residing in Norwich, Connecticut, Dianne M. Daniels' mission is to empower women 50+ to Amplify their Self-Confidence, Deepen their Self-Knowledge, Inspire Creativity, and Glide into the next phase of their lives with the Power of Journaling, Affirmations, and Assessments.

You can learn how to use these time-tested proven practices to create and manifest the life you want (and deserve) to live.

Dianne is an ordained Unitarian Universalist Minister and holds a Master of Divinity degree from Starr King School for the Ministry. She's an avid reader, a lover of old houses (she renovated an 1850s vintage Greek Revival home with her family) and has been journaling since the age of 9.

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