mbg: Describe three situations when an affirmation practice can serve as a source of calm?
1. “I am open,” is an excellent affirmation for interpersonal relationships. Before having a deep conversation, try saying that affirmation mentally or out loud. It will remind you to listen to other people and be open to what they have to say. You may find that you no longer rush to judgment and take more time to process what has been said.
2. “I am changing,” is great for life’s curveballs. Whether it be a relationship ending, an unexpected move, or a job change, this affirmation lets us know that transitions are a part of life. If we embrace the transitions and accept the new path, we will continue to grow and with time, thrive.
3. “I am love,” is perfect for those moments when our confidence is low or we feel lonely. It lets us know that love is present within us and we are deserving of great things. Love is always there, it never leaves us.
mbg: What are a few ideas and words that are resonating with you right now?
“I am light,” comes to mind often. It reminds me that we are all spirit and in this together. When we recognize that oneness, we are more likely to help one another and strive for peace.
“I am water,” also comes to mind. Water moves, it flows. It is a gentle reminder that everything changes, and in order to survive, we must move with the current and learn how to adapt.
“I am protected,” is powerful too. It’s no secret that many of us feel uncertain about the future and may have concerns about our personal safety. Affirming protection reminds us that we are safe. It also compels us to think of ways to ensure protection for ourselves and those we love.
mbg: How can affirmations help us in these trying times?
Nicole Bowman: Affirmations give us an opportunity to re-imagine the type of world we want to live in. We acknowledge the problems that exist and use affirmations to explore solutions. When times are tough, affirming what we would like to experience lets us know that change is possible. It may not happen overnight, but it will happen. Affirmations give us clarity on what we truly desire and who we want to be
Ultimately, as with any practice, you’ve got to put mindful effort in. In this case, however, the reward endures: a more positive outlook, calm mind, and sense of clarity when it comes to seeing and achieving your goals. If you need a little extra inspiration, turn to Keen.com to get a spiritual reading from an expert like Nicole. Put in the work today for a more optimistic tomorrow; it’ll make all the difference.