Affirmations are like personal mantras that may seem simplistic but have been known to achieve miracles when practised regularly. In fact, the late American motivational author Louise Hay, helped millions of people around the world to not only heal various physical illnesses through the power of affirmations but also manifest miracles in terms of their love lives, finances, as well as their spiritual growth and evolution.
Some say that affirmations help re-program the brain through constant and consistent repetition. Perhaps because every time we chant an affirmation, it gets embedded in our subconscious mind – the part of our mind where we plant seeds to manifest into our reality. Thus, the more ‘affirmation seeds’ we plant – the more we create a beautiful and productive life.
Experience has taught me that sometimes when we introduce affirmations into our lives, we either get too over-enthusiastic – by chanting multiple affirmations constantly, and eventually burning out; or we get impatient by not seeing dramatic changes immediately and stop the practice. Both are very natural reactions to the practice – so don’t be too hard on yourself.
Hence, here’s a nice little routine I practice for myself when working with affirmations –
- I choose one. Just one at a time. And use it for anywhere between seven days, 21 days, six weeks, three months, or even an entire year. This depends on the affirmation I’m working with and its desired purpose.
- I pick three times a day to repeat the affirmation at least 5-7 times. Usually, the first thing upon waking, just before lunch, and before I go to bed. We all wake up, eat a meal, and go to sleep – thus these are good times to chant the affirmation verbally. With time and practice, you can chant them more frequently throughout the day but start with three fixed times. Remember, consistency is key.
- To boost the power of the affirmations, I make it a point to write them down 5-7 times daily. Usually, I prefer writing by hand (because it’s more personal), but if typing is your thing, more power to you. Pick a consistent time – I like to do it right after my yoga practice because the energies are potent. See what works best for you.
- Have fun with them. That’s incredibly important. If you treat them like a chore, they won’t work for you. If you practice them with love, they’ll almost become like spiritual prayers and you’ll be regularly delighted by their magic.
I’ve picked out a simple affirmation for each zodiac sign. If you wish to work on your soul, pick the affirmation that’s assigned to your sun sign. If you wish to work on your emotions and mind, pick the affirmation that’s assigned to your moon sign. If you wish to work on your physical self, pick the affirmation assigned to your rising sign/ascendant.
However, when in doubt, stick to the one assigned to your sun sign. For when we work on the soul, the effects automatically trickle down to the mind, heart, and body.
Practice these affirmations with love and trust. I wish you all a very happy new year!