The Power of Positive Affirmations

This summer I traveled to New Orleans, Louisiana to get my kids yoga teacher certification. One of my favourite moments during training was a 20 minute drawing and breathing activity where we reflected on who we are in an authentic honest way.

It seemsΒ we are constantly surrounded by noises, chaos and the hectic pace and demands of our daily lives whether it is from our family responsibilities, work tasks etc. I find it especially true in the twenty-first century whereby technology or social media plays a really big role in most people’s lives. In the process of meeting the demands of this pace of life where we just live on “autopilot”, we lose ourselves, the core of who we are. There is no time to really think about who we are and what we want to do in our lives to be truly happy. It can be so dire, that some people experience mental, physical and emotional burnout and depression overtime.

This drawing and breathing exercise reminded me once again how important it is to really “pause”, whether it is for a few minutes or one hour out of our daily lives to simply breathe and connect with ourselves and think positive thoughts. Remember: “You are what you think.” These positive thoughts are essentially positive affirmations that help us to realize and actualize our potential and dreams.

One of my dance instructors once shared with us her positive affirmation. She said that every morning when she wakes up, before she does anything, these are the words she utters: “I am happy. I am healthy. I am blessed.” We all thought it was a beautiful way to start the day. As part of her class, we made it into our routine to end the class with these words. I truly felt these words and believed it about myself as I continued my everyday life.

Here are my positive affirmations from my yoga drawing and breathing exercise which I truly see and feel as my true self:

Butterfly_affirmations

I have this on my cell phone that I look at as a daily reminder. πŸ™‚

What are yours?

They can be as short and simple as my dance instructor’s or as long as mine or anyway you want them. It only matters that you are finding time to pause, breathe, reflect and believe in the power of these two words: I AM.

Go and try it, and see how powerful your own positive affirmations can have on your life to achieve genuine happiness!

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16 thoughts on “The Power of Positive Affirmations

  1. So true! I wake up giving thanks for waking up, and being taken out of sleep to get to live one more day, something we tend to take advantage of until we can’t.
    Yoga also helps me to focus on the simple complexity of observing the body work with no technology, just mindfulness, and breathing.
    Great reminder here Violet!

    • Thanks for stopping by and commenting on your personal affirmations, Andy! πŸ™‚ The beauty of yoga is indeed the focus on simply breathing and being mindful! Om shanti. πŸ™‚

  2. your picture is beautiful. That was a really wonderful 2 weeks in New Orleans. What an amazing spirit you brought to the whole process as shown by your picture : )

    I love the mantra Sat Nam. Sat means truth, Nam means name, but the whole mantra means something different to me everyday. It is so elegant and uplifting.

    • Dearest Aruna, Thank you for your compliments. πŸ™‚ Loved every moment learning from you and being with you and all of our lovely yogis. Thank you very much for sharing the mantra Sat Nam with us…planting seeds in us and inspiring us to be true to ourselves!! xo

    • Thank you April! Long time no talk here. I’m very well, currently living and studying in Taipei! I hope you’re well too!! I’m going to have to visit your blog! πŸ™‚ xo

  3. I love this post! The exercise was very powerful, and I’m glad that i got to share with with you. Thanks for the tip to put the butterfly pic on my phone! It’s the perfect pick-me-up for a challenging day. I wish you well on your travels. I leave for India at the end of the month. Many blessings, Lauren

    • Dearest Lauren, So happy to hear from you here!! Thank you for dropping by and commenting. πŸ™‚ I’m glad that I got to share this exercise with you as well and our whole yoga training!!! Happy you’ll also put the butterfly pic on your phone!

      I’m so excited for you that you’ll be leaving for India soon! I can’t wait to hear all about it!!

      Thank you for your well wishes, and I also wish you many blessings and joy as you travel to India and anywhere else your journey will take you! XO

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