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There was once a very dark point in my life, not that long ago, when things seemed to have hit rock bottoms. Friends who have been following my blog for a long time know what went on, and I won’t go into what happened here or rehash it all over again as it is a private matter. I can tell you, however, that this dark experience affected impacted me tremendously on a personal level. Emotionally I didn’t think I had enough reserve to pull through. I felt as though life had lost its meaning (I know, I know, sounds dramatic — but this is truly how I felt at the time). The only thing I wanted to do (and pretty much did) was to just hole up alone, because I felt like the loneliest person in the world. Alone in my NY apartment with my cat and the silence would go on for days. Meanwhile, questions were raging inside my head and I wasn’t able to quieten my mind. I wished I would shrivel up gradually in those long days when time seemed painfully slow. I was stuck quite deeply in this depressive rut for about two years.
During that time, I went through an alchemy-like process of soul searching. I re-examined my belief system, re-learned who I am as a person, re-trained myself to embrace and accept new ideologies, started to meditate, devoured many self-help books trying to recalibrate my emotional well-being. I did all these with the hope that I will learn how to understand, to forgive, to let go, to heal and to move on. One of the ‘tools’ (if you can call it that) which I picked up to equip myself on this journey of healing, is the power of affirmations.
Affirmations are words or phrases which are said over and over to AFFIRM a single thought about yourself or other people. This is the way you have formed negative and positive programming through out your lifetime, saying things to yourself, about yourself, over and over. After thoughts are repeated, they soon become a BELIEF, and then we think this belief is our REALITY.via So, in order to change your beliefs and create a new reality, you have to bombard your subconscious mind with thoughts of your desire.via
The positive affirmations I’ve made certainly have helped me tremendously. It didn’t happen overnight, of course, but I was able to crawl out of that dark tunnel and gradually become a much happier version of myself. The power of positive thinking is not something to be underestimated. It can turn you into a much happier person— someone who is less stressed out, less angry, less disappointed and more optimistic about things and life in general. And it’s so simple to do because it’s all in your mind.
I’ve made these affirmations as graphic prints that you can display in your personal space. I hope that they can be a visual reminder, an emotional boost, when the going gets tough. :*) The first image at the top of this blog entry is a free downloadable printable that you can print at home. Enjoy and spread the positivity!
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✎ Question for readers: Have you told yourself something positive today?