Every day as I wake up, I immediately fill my head and heart with gratitude that I get to open my eyes for another day. I may not always start off the day with rainbows and sunshine, but I do my best to fill my thoughts with exciting things I get to do for that day, even with simply relaxing in bed and re-watching an episode of iCarly.
Gratitude is a virtue I’ve taken for granted for many years. For a long time, I never truly appreciated many of the things that were currently in my life. It was always “I want this” or “I’m not happy with that.” It took my moving to a whole different city for me to realize what I wasn’t able to be grateful for then.
The moment I began incorporating gratitude into my daily thought patterns, I felt so much calmness and even happiness within me. And when I allowed myself to transition into being happy with what I currently had, I saw more blessings pour in. This doesn’t mean that I stopped asking and praying for what I still desire – I just stopped begging for and obsessing over them. Instead, I ask, but I then give thanks for what I do have and suppress my obsessions. I continue living, and when I receive what I’ve asked for – sometimes not in the exact way I requested, but it had always been more and better than what I’ve imagined.
What are 'Affirmations'?
There are two types: positive and negative affirmations. Positive affirmations are, of course, the ones we should focus on. They are statements or phrases that challenge negative, unhelpful thoughts and aim to improve upon them. They are specific to our situation and work with our subconscious patterns in order to help us overcome our challenges with regard to ourselves, our passions and goals, and our relationships.
As we go through these affirmations, we choose one (or five) that calls out to us and say them out loud at least twice a day – morning and evening when we’re in a relaxed state. Saying these affirmations after waking up allows our conscious self to bring that energy with us throughout our day while saying them before bed helps the energy flow into our subconscious. If we prefer, we can also do this in front of a mirror. Doing this allows us to further envision these affirmations, making them more believable and attainable to our subconscious.
If we can’t find an affirmation we connect with, we can write personalized ones that suit us better.
TIPS FOR WRITING AFFIRMATIONS
Start them in the first-person point of view (i.e. “I” and “My”)
Keep them in the present tense (i.e. “I am,” “I feel,” and “I have”)
Keep them positive (i.e. “can” and “income”)
Keep them concise and specific.
Do keep in mind that affirmations work only if we are willing and ready to make positive changes in our lives.
Affirmations To Help Keep Us Grounded
I’m thankful for a new day to live my life.
I wake up and fall asleep in a safe and comfortable home.
I’m thankful for all the lessons, healing, and growth that every experience brings.
I appreciate everyone who has helped me be who I am today.
My life is full of precious moments.
I am beyond blessed for my loving and supportive family.
I choose serenity today.
I appreciate all of the wonderful feats my body is capable of achieving.
My mistakes remind me that I’m human and I am always learning and growing from them.
My light shines in different colors, just like everyone else’s.
My pets provide eternal love and comfort, and I’m lucky to have them.
Whatever happens in my life, I trust that the universe is doing them for my higher good.
I am grateful for every blessing, big and small.
Every person I meet is unique and I appreciate all the wisdom they offer.
I’m grateful for having access to nourishing food and clean water every day.
Every “no” is a better “yes,” and I’m grateful that every rejection has turned into bigger blessings.
I am grateful for all of the love I’m able to give and receive.
I welcome all of the blessings, and blessings in disguise, that the universe provides me.
Thankfully, I am the creator of my life, and I have the power to fill it with bright colors.
My heart is full of gratitude which allows me to feel calm, safe, and comfortable in the present moment.