Today my daily angel card reading was the Affirmations card as you may have seen. If not, check it out under my Daily Angel Card Category. I wrote a little about the importance of daily affirmations, but I feel like I need to say more.
Over the last two years I have made leaps and bounds in managing my stress. I had been feeling totally overwhelmed, unhealthy, tired and depressed. I knew that something had to change. I was mothering two small kids, doing the administration for my husband’s small business, running a household and running my hair salon from my home. Exercise was the first thing to go out the window, and I was eating on the run. Never the typical fast food, no deep fried stuff or pizza every night, but I was eating too much salt, a little too much sugar, way too much caffeine and cutting corners. I had gained weight with both pregnancies and not been able to shed it. My skin wasn’t great and I wasn’t sleeping well. Something had to change.
The first major change I made was in my diet. As I have mentioned in previous posts, I was introduced to Isagenix by a close friend. Through high quality nutrition and cleansing, I was able to drop 26lbs (which I have kept off for two years now), my skin is healthy and radiant, I’m sleeping well, and I have more energy and patience. See a video on the importance of Nutritional Cleansing here:
Secondly, I bought three Groupons for three different Bikram Yoga studios around town (having never tried Bikram Yoga), and used them consecutively. I had tried many forms of exercise before, including TRX, Circuit Training, various Boot Camps, gym memberships and even jogging, which is really not my thing. Yoga changed everything. I have 90 uninterrupted minutes to connect my body, mind and spirit. I leave feeling like I have had an amazing workout as well as feeling connected, in the moment and balanced. It is an excellent way to manage stress.
There is one more component to my ongoing transformation, and that is reading self development books, listening to self development audios and using positive daily affirmations.
Positive affirmations are simple statements that you can speak out loud or concentrate on silently. They can influence your life in ways you never thought were possible.
On a daily basis, we are inundated by literally thousands of thoughts a day. How many of those thoughts are actually positive? How many times do you give yourself a little pep talk in the day, and how many times do you find yourself thinking self defeating thoughts? Do you find yourself thinking thoughts such as “I can’t do that” or “That kind of success is for other people”, or “I’m not lucky enough for that”? Remember that worrying is like praying for what you don’t want. Imagine the difference we would experience if we changed those thoughts around. Change your thoughts, change your life. The more you focus on positive outcomes, the more positive things you will attract in your life (and visa versa obviously, but we are concentrating on the positive today!).
I have used a wide range of positive thoughts, affirmations and prayers to help me achieve what I would consider to be a huge turn around in the way that I think. Some of the positive affirmations I use on a daily basis were/are inspired by Dr Wayne Dyer and James Twyman’s I AM meditation, find it here on Amazon: http://amzn.to/Y8oIAg Another great tool for changing the way you think is Dr Wayne Dyer’s book, “Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life”
Here is my previously posted list of daily I AM affirmations, feel free to use them or create ones that are unique to you and your situations. Remember, whatever positively resonates with you will work to change your thoughts, and change your life for the better.
- I am living my life’s purpose.
- I am happy.
- I open my heart to receiving love and abundance.
- I am forgiveness.
- I am gratitude, I appreciate all the daily miracles of life.
- I see abundance all around me.
- I see the kindness in others.
- I am love.
- I forgive myself any mistakes of the past, and use them as lessons to create my future.
- I am deserving of love.
- I am open to communicating the truth.
- I am a good listener.
- I am peaceful and balanced.
- I am calm.
- I trust my creative gifts and share them with the world.
- I am an unlimited being.
- I am capable of anything I set my intention to.
- I am living in the present moment, letting go of the past and enjoying each moment of my life as I live it.
- I am open to the abundance of the Universe.
- I am perfect health
Try journaling or using a calendar to write down your affirmations daily and see how your attitude towards life changes over 30, 60 and 90 days. Involve your family and see how it affects them. Set your intention to think positively every day…. for the rest of your life! Start with a few moments morning and evening and work up to incorporating it into every day life. You can use sticky notes on your fridge, bathroom mirror or computer screen to remind you. My kids and I set our intention for the day and say our positive affirmations in the morning on the way to school.