I’ve written before about my meditation practice. I’ve also discussed how it is precarious and that I don’t always do it consistently. I have been away for a while. But, coming back recently, I’ve added a little twist that I find quite refreshing and rewarding.
I am a huge fan of Louise Hay, Wayne Dyer, Abraham (the Law of Attraction), and Neale Donald Walsch. Each of these authors/life coaches are fervent believers in the power of positive thinking. They preach the value of affirmations. Sending your thoughts of how life should be out into the Universe so that it is reflected back to you. I have begun using these affirmations as a part of my meditation practice.
My typical meditation lasts 15-20 minutes. I set a timer (I used Insight Meditation Timer on my iPhone). With that timer there is a “gong” every 5 minutes. I typically focus on my breath, in and out, in and out, in and out. Recently I have added positive affirmations to the last 5 minutes of my meditation practice. This helps me add a feeling of involvement in the track my life is taking.
I have always loved Thich Nhat Hanh’s meditation guidance. He invites practitioners to say or think, “Breathing in I calm my mind. Breathing out I smile.” I take this a little further. I start by thinking, “Breathing in I am…” and here is where I add my favorite affirmations. I focus on one thing I’d like to change or improve in my life and repeat it over and over or I choose numerous ones that will also send the positive outcomes I’m hoping to obtain out into the Universe. As I breathe out I think, “Breathing out I smile.” You can also think to yourself, “Breathing out I am at peace.” Here are some of the affirmations I use. You are welcome to try them yourself or go for it and create your own.
Breathing in I am…
…in a career that I love.
…living a life that fulfills me.
…a powerful human being.
…worthy of love.
…worthy of a career that I am passionate about.
The list can go on and on. You can say each one as you breathe in and follow it with either, “Breathing out I smile.” Or, “Breathing out I am at peace.” That choice is yours. But, even if you aren’t a Kool-aid swallowing believer in the power of affirmations, adding them into your meditation practice (which has proven mental, physical, and emotional benefits) can’t hurt to try.
I wish you all the best with your meditation practice.