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Self-Care Tip: Affirmation


"The words ‘I am’ are powerful. We are declaring who we are to the universe.”—Ora Nadrich

One of the most intimate aspects of your day-to-day reality is the ongoing conversation you have with yourself. Your self-talk or internal dialogue provides a steady stream of linguistically structured thought that can help you define, evaluate, and derive meaning from your life and reality. A vital component of this internal dialogue is affirmation, or declarative statements of what you believe or hold to be true.

The Structure of Affirmations

  • Affirmations are clear and direct declarative statements.

  • Affirmations most frequently begin with the words “I am.”

  • Affirmations are written and spoken in the present tense.

  • Affirmations are spoken in positive, not negative, language.

  • Affirmations with emotional leverage have more power.

Here are a few examples of positive, present-tense affirmations:

  • I am healthy, happy, and strong.

  • I have deep and fulfilling relationships.

  • I enjoy my work and am fulfilling my life’s purpose.

  • I appreciate and love myself just as I am.

  • I am compassionate and forgiving; I release all beliefs that prevent me from expressing my highest self.

Affirmation Practice

  • Find a time and space where you can focus on your affirmations without interruption or distractions.

  • Start by acknowledging that your words have power, and with them, you are intentionally scripting the life you wish to lead.

  • Place your awareness in your heart and begin repeating each affirmation mindfully and deliberately three to five times each.

  • Focus on generating a feeling state that what you are affirming is already true at this moment. Feel the happiness, excitement, gratitude, and other positive emotions of seeing your affirmation fulfilled.

  • Conclude your practice with a moment of gratitude for your ability to be a conscious co-creator of your world.

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