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How Affirmations Fit into The Practice

“Every thought we think is creating our future. ”
―Louise L. Hay

We all know Louise L. Hay. She is a motivational author and the founder of Hay House. Her first book Heal Your Body touched me deeply during my recovery from bulimia back in the mid-eighties. This book and her work, in general, are based on the premise that what we think affects us, not only on an emotional and mental level, but also on a physical level.

Whether or not there is scientific evidence to support this idea, I think we all know from experience that we are powerfully affected by the thoughts we have and the statements we make to ourselves.

I teach the repetition of a Sacred Mantra to bring the mind back to a more positive place when it starts down a negative, worrisome path. When it comes to The Practice, affirmations (positive, uplifting statements) can complement the repetition of the Sacred Mantra, but they do not take the place of it.

As I state in my book, “A mantra is sacred because when we use it, we are calling upon the strength of all the great saints, masters, and traditions that have used it before us for support, spiritual well-being, and deep connection.” When we use an affirmation, we are speaking directly to ourselves—sort of the way a mother would speak to her child.

The truth is, our mind can be like an unruly child—or even an untrained puppy!—and sometimes it simply needs the training and the reassurance that we can do it, conquer it, overcome it, achieve it, survive it . . .

Although we may know this truth deeply in our hearts that we are strong, capable, and loving, we sometimes need to remind ourselves in words that our brains can process and put into action.

One of the affirmations I turn to when I need a little extra assurance is “Barb, you are strong and capable; all is well.” I recite my Sacred Mantra before and after this statement, and it tells my mind what I already know deep within. Then, I can go tackle whatever it is that I need to take care of with confidence.

What affirmations do you use to support yourself throughout the day? If you don’t have an affirmation that you use regularly, perhaps you would like to choose one from below and see what happens the next time you use it. Let me know!

I am strong and capable.
All is well.
Today is special.
Inner peace is my birthright.
I am patient and compassionate.
I face fears with courage.
I make good choices.

About Barb Schmidt

Barb Schmidt Barb Schmidt is an international best-selling author, businesswoman, philanthropist, and spiritual teacher with over thirty years devoted to spiritual development and research. In 2001, Barb partnered with Florida Atlantic University’s Peace Studies Program to promote dialogue in the greater community on the topic of inner peace. Additionally, she taught a class on meditation and spiritual practices as part of the life-long learning program at Nova University for five years. For the past ten years, she has been offering workshops and classes on spiritual practices throughout the world. A sought-after speaker, Barb regularly lectures at schools and organizations to spread her message of living a meaningful, happy life.
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