I have found that a daily meditation practice is the perfect foundation for doing positive affirmations. It is a way to make the whole process of ‘changing your mind’ a lot easier. Just as a gardener prepares the soil and gets the weeds out of the way before planting seeds- it is beneficial to prepare and clear your mind of old negativity before introducing new thoughts and new ideas.
Meditation is not complicated. It is simply about quieting the mind long enough to allow inspirational ideas to flow to you and through you. Practicing meditation dissolves old negative habits of thinking; it calms and cleanses the mind. Meditation also trains the mind to focus, thus making it easier to concentrate on your positive affirmations whilst releasing the grip on obsessive negative thought habits.
Meditation requires effort and consistency. At first, it can feel very difficult to go within and be silent. Your mind may chatter continuously. This seeming rebelliousness of the mind will surprise you and cause you to question who is actually in control. In other words, it may feel like your thoughts are thinking you rather than the other way around. Speak gently to yourself “I am still… I am calm… I love myself” as you find a way that works for you to enter the stillness within.
For some, you may be able to instantly “go blank”. For others it may take many attempts. You may want to envision entering a sanctuary or sacred space, closing the gate behind you, sitting on a cushion in a simple room and closing your eyes and then just being. Each of us will find our own way. A suggestion is offered below to offer you ideas of thought to guide you to discover that inner space of silence and stillness:
A guided meditation
Close your eyes and see yourself sitting in a room. The room is a simple, one-roomed temple; it is a sanctuary for you to rest and relax. You are in a far-off land and you are in complete solitude- and so you are blessed with complete peace and silence as you relax here. You are sitting on a comfortable cushion in the middle of the room, which has a plain stone floor and walls. The small windows allow rays of golden light through, warming the room and bathing you with light energy. The energy flows into you body, revitalising and renewing you as you relax and begin to let go.
There is nothing for you to do except relax and breathe, relax and breathe, feeling yourself slipping into the bliss within.
You may be inspired to make meditation a regular part of your life. If you don’t feel you have time, perhaps you could awaken fifteen or twenty minutes earlier to create time. Meditating a little every day brings huge positive changes.