Daily affirmations are a meditative seasonal living practice. Working with daily affirmations over time rewires the brain, helping us overcome limiting beliefs and achieve our goals.
Start with these Gratitude Affirmations. Then, read on to learn the practice and science of daily affirmations.
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What are affirmations?
Simply stated, affirmations are short positive statements designed and intended to create a positive shift in mood. This inclination toward elevated thoughts and emotions translates into the quality of your actions and the expectations you have supporting those actions.
Affirmations are the place where intention interacts with emotion. When done as a regular meditative practice, affirmations change the way we see ourselves in the world and shift our expectations of what’s possible.
Daily Affirmations | a seasonal wellness practice
The activities that comprise our days are often influenced by the seasons, as is our mood. Fall is often a time of applied effort toward big goals related to education and career. Winter holds a precious tension between holiday joy and the melancholy of darker days. Spring awakens, excites, and invites us outdoors. Languid summer days invite us to rest and enjoy the sensual pleasures of life.
Using daily affirmations as a seasonal wellness practice allows us to look inside ourselves and notice these changes. Being present to seasonal shifts can help us frame our mindsets for optimal experiences of these precious moments as they pass.
Review the seasonal affirmations listed below and choose one or two to work with on a daily basis for the three months of that season. Choose the ones that resonate with you on a gut level. Repeat them before your meditations, journal about them, draw them into a reflection of your spirit.
winter wellness affirmations
Winter straddles the end of one year and the beginning of the next. It also holds the darkest day of the year and moves its way to equilibrium as spring approaches. Winter is a time when darkness reaches toward the light, and dormancy lays the groundwork for future action.
Select one of two of these winter wellness affirmations to practice daily from the end of December to the end of March. Use them to get the most from this most formative time of year.
- I give freely. I receive fully.
- My heart is luminous.
- There is magic in the darkness.
- I am exactly who I need to be at this moment.
- I release the emotions of the past. I embrace gratitude for the future.
The Winter Wellness Tracker
Use this tracker to create and maintain habits that will keep you fit and happy until the first daffodils brighten your spring garden.
affirmations for spring
With spring’s arrival comes the return of our creative energy. As the flowers bloom, so do we. Use these affirmations to tap into this time of expansion, color, and creativity.
- I am creative and resourceful.
- I am filled with power and passion.
- I am refreshed, rejuvenated, and restored.
- I am infused with enthusiasm.
- Life is an ever-changing kaleidoscope of experiences.
As nature comes into her fullness, we are called to enjoy the feast for the senses she offers. Use these affirmations to tap into the abundance of summer, and all its sensual pleasures.
- I am bright and beautiful.
- I taste the sweetness of life in all that I do.
- There is plenty.
- I am alive with the sensual pleasures of life.
- I am the calm amidst so much activity.
With autumn’s cool breezes comes the reminder of all the things we committed to as the year began. It’s a time of assessing where we are against where we hoped to be. It’s a time to let go of what does not serve and get down to the nut f things. Use these affirmations to tap into this energy of concentration, elimination, and focus.
- I release what no longer serves me.
- Change is a creative space in my life. I am comfortable with change.
- I am focused and confident.
- My life is bountiful, and I am grateful.
- I trust my intuition.
Grab your gratitude journal!
A daily gratitude practice is good for your mindset, your health, and creating a seasonal life! Read on to learn a morning meditation for your gratitude practice. I created a FREE gratitude journal to support your daily practice. It’s available through the link below. Click the image and enjoy!
Affirmations and limiting beliefs
Limiting beliefs are unconscious thoughts and moods that restrict our sense of self. They are often formed before age 7 and can have detrimental effects on our mental, physical, and spiritual health.
Limiting beliefs are behind our self-sabotage. They are the source of our sense of imposter syndrome.
Of all the work I’ve done to overcome the restrictions in my life, I have found identifying limiting beliefs to be the most difficult work. They are nefarious, pernicious things that erode confidence and happiness.
Examples of limiting beliefs
So, as mentioned, limiting beliefs are deeply ingrained in our unconscious mind, making it is difficult to identify them. Take a look at this list of limiting beliefs. Do any of them resonate with you?
- Rich people are unethical. Money is the root of all evil.
- Bad things always happen to me. I don’t know why I even try.
- People like that are just so full of themselves.
- I’m too old/young to do that.
- It’s selfish of me to want more when so many are struggling.
Limiting beliefs and affirmations
Limiting beliefs are the shadow of affirmations. They are phrases that we repeat to ourselves that influence our actions and create our moods. The difference is they are negative in nature and act at the unconscious level.
While it is important to work actively to reveal your limiting beliefs, you can use daily affirmations as an antidote. The trick is to connect positive feelings to your affirmations to make them real in the body.
Begin exploring limiting beliefs with the TedX talk by Cr. irum Tahir.
Neuroplasticity: the science of affirmations
Neuroplasticity: The brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. Neuroplasticity allows the neurons (nerve cells) in the brain to compensate for injury and disease and to adjust their activities in response to new situations or to changes in their environment.medicinenet
Neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to form new neural networks in response to a person’s changing experiences. It is the brain’s ability to acquire new skills and create new memories.
When we practice daily affirmations with associated positive emotions, we take advantage of the brain’s natural ability to think new thoughts. It is how we create a new reality for ourselves.
The process trims away all synaptic connections associated with limiting beliefs. It then creates new pathways associated with the alternative conditioning of the affirmation. This is why affirmations need to be done daily, over an extended period of time, and be associated with elevated emotions like gratitude, joy, and love.
We’ve all heard stories of people who faced tremendous life challenges like strokes, car accidents, experiences of violence that left them unable to speak or perform everyday tasks. These people then go on to miraculously reinvent themselves using neuroplasticity. Don’t let your life get to a crisis point before creating new neural pathways toward a more fulfilling future. Begin today with daily affirmations.
To learn more about limiting beliefs and neuroplasticity, I highly recommend the work of Dr. Joe Dispenza. These books are all informative, easy to read, and life-changing.
3 affirmations I am working with these days
I thought it might be helpful to anyone new to or suspicious of affirmations to see how someone works with them over time. When I first began actively exploring affirmations about 5 years ago, I was suspicious and cautious. As the years have gone by, I have hit many walls related to limiting beliefs. With each breakthrough, the affirmations I work with daily change.
The most important skill for working with daily affirmations, in my opinion, is learning how to connect an elevated emotion with the phrases. Not being able to create positive emotions with a chosen affirmation is a clear sign you are up again a limiting belief.
Here are concrete examples of how the process works.
My 3 daily affirmations
Here are three affirmations I work on in the morning and evening. I bring them into my morning meditations, my daily journal practice, and my end-of-day review. May they be helpful in creating your seasonal life.
- I AM FOR ME. This affirmation came to me in my morning meditation. It is a healing response to a life lived for others. If kept unchecked, my energy flows outward, toward others, leaving very little forme. By working with the affirmation, I am for me, I remind myself it is ok to reserve energy for myself and even find ways to attract new and healing energy.
- I AM A CREATIVE GENIUS. I’m not particularly artistic, but I can manifest the desired things in my life with applied effort. I’d like to up my game and get better at manifesting without so much exhausting willful effort.
- THERE IS PLENTY. There IS plenty! This affirmation is often accompanied by the thought, I have everything I need to succeed. There’s a lot of scarcity thinking out there these days. I work really hard not to get caught up in fear so prevalent in the dominant culture. This affirmation is my remedy.
Feeling and limiting beliefs
The feelings associated with these affirmations are:
- A felt sense of healthy boundaries.
- A brightness in my heart and mind.
- A deep and abiding sense of gratitude.
It is probably pretty obvious that the limiting beliefs I am dissolving with this practice are:
- I exist for the benefit of others.
- I’m an idiot.
- There’s not enough and I don’t deserve a piece of what’s there.
Use these resources to identify liiting beliefs and create life changing affirmtions.
Affirmations and Goal Setting | the 2021 seasonal living planner
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