Have you ever considered how statements you make about yourself truly affect you, consciously and subconsciously? Does your inner dialogue contain more negative words than positive? Take a second and do a little self-assessment here. Be honest...and think about what type of words and phrases follow your “I am...” statements.
Do you find yourself thinking thoughts like “I am incapable”, “I am ugly” or “I am not worthy”? These erroneous beliefs are affecting you! But how did this programming get into your mind and belief system to begin with, and more importantly, how can you change it?
Generally it starts in childhood. Society has a way of conditioning us with negative messages. And we believe them...because we’re inundated with them. Are they true? NOOOO. No, they are not true. We are all worthy, beautiful, loving beings and we came here with special gifts to share with others. We matter, and we are worthy. Repeat that.
Could you imagine what you’d be like as an adult had you been conditioned with those messages instead?! I’m guessing you can feel the joy, peace and freedom inside your heart right now just thinking about it. It’s not too late, you can change that inner dialogue! If you take only one thing from this blog post, remember that what follows the words I AM... is so very important in cultivating self-love and loving the world around you. Now that you’re aware of this, be conscious of every time you follow those words with something negative. Stop! Remind yourself that it’s not true and change it to a positive, self-loving statement.
My favorite thing to do is a walking meditation using I am statements. Over and over I say to myself things like:
I am loving
I am kind
I am beautiful
I am grateful
I am surrounded by wonderful people
I am helpful
I am creative
You get the idea. Do this on a 30 minute walk and repeat them over and over, and you won’t believe how quickly these positive self-concepts start to take over your thoughts and you’ll start living from them automatically! It’s pretty cool. I know because I completely changed my thinking over the past few years. Before I started using the I am positive affirmations, I’d say my thoughts were about 90% negative over the course of a day. Within a year, I had switched my way of thinking to about 90% positive thoughts about myself and the world....just by being more conscious of how I spoke about myself and doing the I am exercise I’m suggesting here. Try it! It’s so simple. Make your own list and say them to yourself while walking, working out, meditating or before bed...which is the perfect time to condition your subconscious mind.
It’s never too late to change your thoughts if you’re desiring more peace within and more self-love. And if you want more info on this topic, pick up a Wayne Dyer book...he’s a master of explaining I am statements.
Now back to the question I posed earlier:
Could you imagine what you’d be like as an adult had you been conditioned with positive, loving messages instead of what society offered up?
As we all know, a child’s mind is like a sponge. Most of our programming and conditioning is instilled in us before the age of 7, when the mind is in a theta-brainwave and highly impressionable. I took advantage of using this precious time in a child’s mind and created two books that I hope will do just that; instill these positive, loving thoughts early enough for them to stick and be the fabric of their being as they grow up. The first book is releasing next month, so stay tuned for more info!
In the meantime, if you find your daily thoughts tipping the scales on the negative side, get out there and add more loving thoughts through the positive I am statements...because YOU ARE worthy, deserving, beautiful and loved!!
Leave a comment below and tell me your favorite I am statements or ways of using them in your every day life, or how having a positive affirmation practice such as this has changed your life for the better.