According to research, humans have anywhere between 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day, 98% of which are thoughts we had the day before. When you consider that 80% of these thoughts are negative, the rate at which we are subconsciously plaguing ourselves with the same negative thoughts on a daily basis is concerning. The power of thought is such that if you tell yourself something enough, even if it’s not true, you start to believe it.
What you tell yourself every day will either lift you up or tear you down.
Herein lies the power of positive affirmation. We are creatures of habit, so what if we could turn our unconscious negative thoughts into conscious daily positive thoughts. If the concept of “think something enough and you’ll believe it” rings true then imagine the difference we could make to our mental wellbeing.
So what is a positive affirmation?
A positive affirmation is any positive, uplifting statement that is spoken, and often repeated, to oneself. Positive affirmations are so much more than just feel good quotes and positive statements though, in reality it is actually the language of the brain.
As it turns out, there is a lot of science to back up exactly how a set of positive words can improve your mind and body. A positive affirmation is something that is spoken in the present tense and is generally stated as something that is current, fact and truth, not something you intend to do. For eg, “Trust is my power” not “Trust is going to be my power”.
There is now an astounding amount of research on how positive affirmations are an effective and powerful tool in influencing how our brains work. Your brain is a complex and complicated network of information that is always sending and receiving thoughts, in fact every action you take is a set of complicated communications between cells and neurons. Because of the amount of information your brain has to process every single second, it often takes everything you think and say in a very literal way, it doesn’t have time to sift through fact and emotion. When you consider this it is easy to see how we can ‘brain wash’ our brains with our repetitive thoughts and actions, which in turn can powerfully affect our emotions, behaviours and even physical health.
One small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.
Your brain reacts to your thoughts in a literal way in the present moment and either prepares you for the perceived danger or reacts to your commands. In addition to this, your brain can’t always differentiate between what you’re experiencing right now and what you’re imagining you might experience in the future. So what we tell our brains through our thoughts, and how we structure these thoughts, can have a powerful influence – telling ourselves “I am calm” sends very different messages to the brain than saying “don’t cry”. Your brain deals with each word individually so telling yourself not to cry is essentially saying ‘cry’ over and over again. The key – always think about what you want to experience rather than focusing on what you don’t want.
Your brain is also constantly looking for cures and commands and is eager to set you up for success, all you have to do is instruct it. This is why positive affirmations are so powerful. Give it a clear direction and it will activate everything you need to make your wildest dreams come true. Remember, tell yourself something enough times and you will begin to believe it.
The Power of Positive Thought
This year at Kula we are focusing our monthly themes on positive affirmations or ‘powers’. Each month is an opportunity to positively influence our brains through thoughts that are both empowering and uplifting. Our ‘power’ is in this positive thought.
I am worthy of my own trust – Trust is my Power.
This month focus on your ability to find trust in yourself and in life. Set yourself up with a positive affirmation, which could be one for the month or a different positive statement each week or day. We just encourage you to keep it consistently on the theme of ‘Trust’. Some examples include:
- I trust in the process of life.
- I am powerful and loving, and I have nothing to fear.
- I trust in the power of love to heal and guide me in all ways.
- I trust my own intuitive insights.
- Today I will trust that everything will be ok.
- I trust in my body’s power to heal.
Explore and create your own.
We look forward to seeing you on the mat this month where our teachers will weave our theme of ‘trust is my power’ into their classes and teachings.
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