We all aspire to live the life of our dreams. But sometimes we’re so busy trying to acquire everything that we think we need, we forget to acknowledge everything that we already have.
No matter where we are in our life, we habitually feel that somehow it could be better. We are always seeking the next best thing. Yet a focus on the future takes our attention away from the present moment.
Affirmations are a great way to ground us in the present moment and to acknowledge what we already have, yet also to clearly state our intentions for what we want. Stated aloud they are a form of prayer to our inner Self and to the Universe, sharing our deepest needs and desires. They provide us with a daily reminder to keep moving us towards the life of our dreams.
Affirmations move the focus away from what we believe is lacking and instead focus our attention on what we want to move towards. Metaphysics has taught us that if we focus on the absence of something we want, also described as lack, we will continue to attract the energy of lack towards us. However, if we choose to focus on what we want (rather than its absence), we will attract the item of our desire into our conscious awareness.
Furthermore, affirmations remind us of our goals and the thought process we need to use to get ourselves there. They can dissolve harmful ruminating thoughts that fill our space and replace them with loving intentions of self-fulfillment and growth.
If you’re unsure which affirmations will suit you best, here are three comprehensive yet simple affirmations that have the power to change your life.
1. I am grateful. By expressing gratitude, you are choosing to acknowledge all of the wonderful things in your life that you already have. It is likely that you have a roof over your head, clothes on your back, food in your belly, and at least one person in this world who loves you; start there. Too many of us are preoccupied trying to find something bigger and better that we become blind to the wonderful life that we are already living.
By affirming I am grateful, you are acknowledging everything you already have and thus opening yourself up to more. You are taking your attention away from lack and preparing yourself for the next gift the Universe has been waiting to bring you.
2. I am abundant. Many people associate abundance with financial wealth, however abundance refers to many resources that we are surrounded by. Abundance can refer to family, friends, food, water, or other material items. Abundance can also refer to non-physical items such as love, joy, peace or spirituality. Have you heard the term ‘rich in love’? Who is to say that being rich in wealth is any better than being rich in love? It is just another form of abundance.
By affirming I am abundant, you are encapsulating all of these different types of abundance and affirming your wealth in the physical and nonphysical riches that are always available to you.
3. I am enough. As human beings we tend to develop a belief over time that wherever we are in life and how much we have accomplished is never enough. Positive Psychology states that one of the main causes of our suffering (which manifests itself as anxiety and depression) is social comparison. In today’s world of social media, social comparison is a way of life. We use Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and countless others to share our personal information and in turn to review the lives of others. It is impossible to take part in social media without subsequently using some form of social comparison.
By affirming I am enough, you are satisfying your innate compulsion to be more. You are acknowledging that you are a unique and thus perfect individual and that in itself is enough.
Affirmations are a great way to start your day. In the morning we awaken as a fresh slate, eager to take on the day. Why not use this time to set an intention of what you would like to attract into your life? After you’ve turned off your alarm clock and are taking a few extra seconds before getting out of bed, use this precious time to affirm your goals for the day.
Affirmations remind us that we are in the driver’s seat. You are not merely a cog in a wheel reacting to life and all of its seemingly random circumstances that are thrown at you. You are a powerful creator with preferences, goals, and passions, and at any moment you can choose to change the direction of your life.
You can begin wherever you are and create the life of your dreams.