costaki saidI much more align with psychology's cognitive therapy... which from what I know says that if you constantly associate with any 'negative' feeling you are to try and see if that feeling accords with reality. It's just a simple question to yourself when experiencing a negative emotion, it helps you perceive what change may have occurred since a traumatic experience (which ingrained an idea of self on you). It has the same purported result as affirmations, releasing you and making you less limited by your own thinking.
To get back to mantra's/affirmation's... I think that with a deeper understanding of what you are actually doing you can have a similar effect. Look at meditation.... If you meditate you may already now that meditation isn't so much a mental exercise which requires you to be 'focused', as much as it is about 'releasing' emotions as they arrive... If you treat it like the first you actually will not have much benefit; if you treat it like the latter and 'release/let go' of emotions as they arise you will be creating a new reference point for 'self' one that is changing and fluid - not stagnated by a concept of self/ego. The 'mechanics' of using affirmations is the same (IMO), you cannot force yourself into a new reality, rather you can create more opportunity and more chance through changing your perspective of self!
^My thoughts^ sorry for the writing I just woke up and haven't had mah' coffee!
that's good! i like this. and i actually agree, but i've turned to affirmations because it's simple and simple people are more apt to open their minds to a simple idea than a complex one like cognitive therapy. baby steps?
also, i've looked to them for myself because i have a natural tendency to let things go and move on, but it's because of ADD. i'm using the "i love and accept myself" mantra, though today, i think i'll be changing it to "i love and accept," to see if it'll make a difference in my life. like most people, i tend to forget my positive reactions (if nothing's wrong with something then it's not a problem and doesn't need to be focused on!), so i'm training myself to be more aware of positivity, i guess????