Affirmations are everywhere! They are in books, calendars, coffee mugs, magazines, billboards, the internet. Some of them are funny and make us laugh and others are a bit more serious and make us think.
My grandmother was the secretary of her bowling league and she would type up the weekly score sheet and always put a quote or affirmation on the bottom of the page. She would receive books as gifts that were full of these and she especially enjoyed Erma Bombeck ( a humorist journalist and author of suburban life). When we would play in my grandparents basement, we would always read my grandmothers sheet to see what quote she put on it. Those were good memories and now that I am an adult these quotes would make more sense to me :))
I find many of these an observation of life that makes you have an “aha” moment. Many of these are just what we need to set us down a better path, or they may be just what we need when we are feeling down and sometimes they are just funny and make us smile.
I have decided that I would like to start out my day with an affirmation or quote. It will be fun to look them up online and find ones that fit my needs that day. I may want a good laugh ( I will probably start with Erma Bombeck in memory of my grandmother) or something to help me live positive ( I am reading Florence Scovel Shinn and she has many affirmations in her book ) or I may just google a random one online as a surprise. The whole point of the affirmation for myself is to give me a focus for my day and improve my outlook on life in a positive way.
I think it is important when you read the affirmation, that you really believe it to be true and try to apply it to your life. You must have faith that these words will make an impact on your life. If you come across one that really resonates with you, then say it every day until you feel that it has changed your life or that you have achieved what you wanted it to mean for you. It is exciting to think of all the choices you have – happiness, start your day, money, success, faith, hope, employment, relationships. The opportunities are endless. Just google whatever you are looking for and start reading!
My affirmation for today – “I am grateful for all the good things in my life and am open to receiving all the opportunities that are waiting for me.”
I have spent the last few days setting goals for myself, and now it is time to put them into action. I began my day with my serenity prayer and then am doing my meditation and my Prayer of Jabez this evening before bed. I feel so excited and recharged already. I am focused on my journey and will not let things distract me or veer me off my path.
I read a chapter in my Florence Scovel Shinn book and the lesson that I read was about tearing the wall down that is preventing people from being successful. She talks about things that we do and believe about ourselves that prevents us from having things that we want in life. It seems so fitting to read this first as I know that I prevent myself from having things by not believing that I should have it or making excuses or having negative thoughts or fear of failure. It is so easy to say “Why me?” or “Why does everything good happen for so and so?” “When do I get a break?” By continuing to have that type of attitude is only going to bring you more of the same.
Dear Universe – I will begin to change my way of thinking and begin to reap the benefits of believing in myself and allowing for good things to come my way. I am in charge of tearing down my wall and having a clear path to everything I want! This is definitely a great way to start the new year, the new me!
This seems like a crazy concept at first: Ask for something and you will receive it? Seems like there should be a “catch”. I have read several things about asking for what you want and believing in it and you will receive these things.
At first, it seems selfish to me to just ask for something and have it land in your lap. I was not brought up this way as you work for things you want. The more I read on this topic it begins to make a lot of sense to me and now is the time for me to apply these “rules” to the new me.
From what I have read, surrounding yourself with positive energy and asking for things specifically, that you are opening yourself up to receiving the things you are asking for. Seems unbelievable, but not believing is sending negative messages to the universe and blocking good things coming your way. I will commit myself to asking the universe for things that I want in my life and turning any negative energy that I have into positive energy.
Four things that I will do to help me achieve this are : The Prayer of Jabez daily, I will read The Wisdom of Florence Scovel Shinn and apply to my life, meditate and apply daily affirmations.
These past few days have been about setting up a plan of action for the new me! I also have purchased a beautiful journal for writing down my affirmations and the things that I am asking the universe for as well as my meditation thoughts. I can not wait to read this at the end of the year to see how much that I have grown. It is very exciting to begin the new year on this journey.
This blog is great for me to share my thoughts and plans with people and putting it out to the universe. This also helps to keep me accountable for my journey. I am also hoping to be able to help guide others to a new perspective on life. Check out the books – they make for great reading :)) Both are very inspirational and explain how to ask for things and believing that you deserve goodness in your life. I actually had prayed the Prayer of Jabez in the past and good things did come my way. So the only “catch” is not believing that you are worthy of receiving good things and blocking yourself with negativity. As they say “Turn that frown upside down!” Florence Scovel Shinn (1871-1940) was an artist, author, and spiritual teacher whose philosophy was based on power of positive thought and verbal/physical affirmation. The above book includes 4 of her books in one.