As I was journaling in bed one morning at 12pm, I was going on a downward spiral something along the lines of: “oh, I’m still in bed… what am I doing today… what am I doing with my life?!” Immediately after, I wrote these affirmations:
I am enough.
I have enough.
I do enough.
I was being unnecessarily harsh on myself. Working as a server, I work almost all day, every day balancing 2 jobs until the end of August. I then became grateful for the morning that I had to rest and enjoy my solitude. I realized that I was able to snap myself out of the negative self-talk and find peace in the moment. It was my choice to work and save up this summer so I had to make certain sacrifices. It meant less time shooting, less time socializing and not being able to travel. It doesn’t mean that I’m a failed photographer or a bad friend / daughter / sister. I still have a sense of adventure and passions that I am pursuing. I am simply honoring the choice that I made. This period of my life is dedicated to my healing and manifesting wealth and abundance so instead of focusing on all of the things I am not:
I am patient.
I trust my intuition.
I work hard for the future that I envision for myself.
I am grateful for where I’ve been, where I am and where I am going.
Positive affirmations can serve as a reminder of who you really are, not what your circumstances are or what your ego is trying to tell you in order to keep you complacent. Negative thoughts and destructive energies thrive on you hating yourself. It is their nature to go against love and growth. They tell you you’re not good enough. That you’re unworthy. That you don’t do anything meaningful or “productive”. When you declare “I am”, you are taking power away from them. You are countering the things they (or other people) are trying to make you believe. They are going to put up a fight but you are stronger. Truuuust me. As time passes, their attacks will have little to no impact on you and you can direct that energy into expressing gratitude or developing a more loving self-image or whatever it is you want to do that you didn’t believe you could before.
I am creative.
I am loving / loved.
I am strong and resilient.
It took me a long time to even begin to think positive thoughts about myself. I would say “I am beautiful” without really believing it but thoughts and words, like everything are vibrations. From conjuring up this energy from within you to creating space for it to manifest around you, you are living in the vibrations you choose. Tell yourself that you are kind. Tell yourself that you prosper everywhere that you turn. Tell yourself that you are protected. Tell yourself that you’re worth it. Tell yourself what you need to hear (you will know exactly what that is). It will open you to moments where all of it is true and it will happen often. You will see it more and more so when the doubts and insecurities creep up on you again, you know in your bones that it was a lie! *Maury voice*. It is an ongoing process and requires constant awareness but in recognizing all of that you are, you can let go of all of the things that no longer serve you.
I am wealthy and abundant. // I let go of greed and material possessions.
I am uniquely beautiful. // I let go of the need to compare myself to others.
I am talented. // I let go of the fear of sharing my work with others.
I am allowed to make mistakes. // I let go of the voice that says I’m a failure.
I am capable. // I let go of all things stopping me from living my best life.
That is the power of affirmations. Not so much declaring a thing and wishing it to be true but using it as a practice to connect mind-body-spirit. As your speech changes, your mind changes, your body changes. Healing and transforming on one level is healing and transforming on all levels. We are human after all so we are constantly changing and evolving. As you shine more light into your consciousness, you will find that you will confront even darker pieces. It takes courage to hold space for ALL of yourself. It takes a willingness to understand yourself and to love; to not cause any more harm to yourself and others if you can help it. It takes time. So be gentle with yourself, honeybee. Affirmations do not have to be some radical act of expression, it can be something as simple as waking up in the morning and saying "I am grateful". Negatives thoughts will still come in waves or in different forms so it’s okay to have to remind yourself over and over again. When you start to doubt yourself with "am I strong? am I beautiful? am I worthy?"
I am, I am, I am.
What are some affirmations you tell yourself?
Let me know in the comments below!
With all my love,
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