Affirmations heal — here’s how based on the pioneering Father of Yoga in the West, Yogananda’s teachings
Do you believe in the phrase you are what you think? Well, it’s true. The power of positive affirmations can change the way you think, live and love.
Affirmations are words that we repeat to ourselves to evoke a healthy and happy mindset. They are so powerful that they can rewire your brain to think positively — in a matter of 21 days, to be exact!
Your thoughts are your reality. So do you want to start living the life you want? Then here’s how to use positive affirmations to the best of your ability!
What are affirmations?
To begin with, what the heck are affirmations and why everyone is going on about them in the wellness world (me, included!).
Well, one of my favourite books that I use to read affirmations out of at the end of my yoga classes in savasana (final resting pose) clarifies affirmations.
Scientific Healing Affirmations by Paramahansa Yogananda is a short book that guides you to acquire power over your mind through regular chanting, prayers, methods with the last part dedicated to scientific healing affirmations used for healing and success.
Ever since I’ve engaged with them, I feel in sync with my path (not to sound so hippy-dippy, but it’s true!) and suffer no more from anxiety.
If you’ve never heard of Paramahansa Yogananda before, he’s :
“The pioneering father of Yoga in the West, Yogananda has uplifted the lives of millions through his Self-Realization Fellowship teachings.” — https://yogananda.org/
When reading this book, my mind and heart buzzed with uplifting energy. Yogananda describes affirmations to be words that need thought and attention to take action. We must believe in the power of words for them to provide us “Life Energy”.
When we do, they work miracles.
According to Ronald Alexander in Psychology Today, affirmations are statements that help thousands of people because of the confidence and conviction they carry. He also says:
“They don’t always work for everyone.”
I beg to differ. I believe positive affirmations can work for everyone if embraced with an open mindset. So let’s discover why and how to use positive affirmations to the best of your ability:
Why affirmations work
“Words saturated with sincerity, conviction, faith, and intuition are like highly explosive vibration bombs, which, when set off, shatter the rocks of difficulties and create the change desired.” — Yogananda
As Yogananda so brilliantly breathes peace into his words, so can we. The thing about affirmations isn’t just repeating words and thinking they will work miracles. It’s about breathing life into them.
Affirmations only work when we believe in the words enough to turn them into actions and then manifest our intentions. You are what you think. Let me give you an example:
My current 21-day meditation course, centred around moving forward, involves repeating mantras (another word for affirmations!) during a short meditation I send out daily. The course began with this positive affirmation:
I control what’s within.
One student did the short meditation twice during the day to feel OK. It worked because he believed in it! Students in the previous courses said they felt more empowered and courageous — all through the power of positive affirmations! This is because:
“Affirmations are proven methods of self-improvement because of their ability to rewire our brains.” — Dr. Carmen Harra
For them to work effectively, you must breathe into them, repeat them, and soothe your self-criticism! Finally, let’s see how to use positive affirmations to the best of your ability depending on the time of day:
When can we use positive affirmations?
Liz Huber, mindset and productivity coach says in her listicle of affirmations:
The best way to get started with affirmations is to choose an area of your life you want to focus on, pick 2–3 affirmations from this list below and repeat them every morning and evening.
I believe affirmations are miracle workers when practising first thing in the morning or late in the evening. As a yoga teacher and well-being coach, I exercise first thing in the morning before work. Along with pranayama (breathing techniques) and repeating positive affirmations during my practice and classes, I set my mind up for a successful day. The same goes for writing — we must prepare and free our minds to manifest in creativity and abundance.
Yogananda explains the liberation of our consciousness occurs through training our minds with:
“Study, affirmations, concentration, and meditation to turn away from the vibrations of the gross body with its ceaseless fluctuations of thought and emotion, and to feel the subtler and more stable vibrations of Life Energy and of higher mental states.”
So there you have it — positive affirmations can be used at any point of the day, but have the most powerful effects early on in the morning to put your mind on the right track.
How to use positive affirmations to the best of your ability entails being ready to tame your negative talk with positive talk and finding statements that resonate with YOU.
Right now, we must cultivate kindness towards one another and see each other as equals — positive affirmations can assist in doing so!
Below is a list of some of the favourites I used in my yoga classes, coaching, and meditation courses:
Everything I need is within me.
I am in the process of becoming a better version of myself every day.
Change gives me strength.
I let go and look within.
I choose to be me.
I flourish from pain.
Thanks for reading — I hope they can help you. Check out my short self-help book that gets you through changing times!