AFFIRMATIONS!!! tried it, yet?

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    Jan 03, 2011 12:02 AM GMT
    affirmations are mantras you repeat to yourself to re-pattern your thinking habits

    Louise Hay wrote a book called How To Heal Your Life awhile ago and was heavily involved in the beginning of the AIDS epidemic. i just watched a movie that describes the book: it's like The Secret for grounded people.

    Louise supports the use of affirmations and i'm really interested in the idea! has anyone tried??? any opinions???
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    Jan 03, 2011 12:54 AM GMT
    I'm good enough.

    I'm smart enough.

    And doggone it, people like me.
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  • Ironman4U

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    Jan 03, 2011 1:12 AM GMT
    I do training and consulting work and I have taught people to use affirmations for years. I always tell my clients to use affirmations for 30 days and see if they work for you. If they do, great...you can keep it up. If not, it's ok too...just not your thing.

    Affirmations are positive self-talk but there are a few helpful guidelines to consider:

    1. Use present tense - "I am..." or "I do..." versus "I will..." (future tense).

    2. State in the positive - "I will eat healthy" versus "I will NOT eat fried food."

    3. Relate them to your goals - Make it something that you want to work on that will support where you want to go.

    4. Be realistic or believable - Your subconscious mind will reject statements that are not plausible as being too much of a stretch. Make incremental increases versus big leaps overnight.

    At the very least, affirmations provide you with a focus on what's important in a positive framework. At the worst, you may believe they are hokie or cheesy. The reality is that if you believe they will help you, they will. And if you believe that they won't....well, they won't. It's all because you are tapping into your subconscious mind and reinforcing what you want to happen.

    Most people that I have worked with think that they are helpful. But the reality is that most people don't use them on a daily basis.
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    Jan 03, 2011 2:23 AM GMT
    Science says: MYTH BUSTED!!!!!

    http://exploringthemind.com/the-mind/the-truth-about-affirmations

    BAM!!!

    20100517_134555_MythBusted.gif
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    Jan 03, 2011 2:32 AM GMT
    HeartRobb saidI'm good enough.

    I'm smart enough.

    And doggone it, people like me.



    lol! i watched the video with my friend and he brought that up and showed me the trailer. forgot the name..
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    Jan 03, 2011 2:37 AM GMT
    amar_m saidScience says: MYTH BUSTED!!!!!

    http://exploringthemind.com/the-mind/the-truth-about-affirmations

    BAM!!!

    20100517_134555_MythBusted.gif


    admitting to no control group?
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    Jan 03, 2011 2:41 AM GMT
    seante said
    HeartRobb saidI'm good enough.

    I'm smart enough.

    And doggone it, people like me.



    lol! i watched the video with my friend and he brought that up and showed me the trailer. forgot the name..


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    Jan 03, 2011 2:46 AM GMT
    seante said
    amar_m saidScience says: MYTH BUSTED!!!!!

    http://exploringthemind.com/the-mind/the-truth-about-affirmations

    BAM!!!

    20100517_134555_MythBusted.gif


    admitting to no control group?


    A you have not read the SECOND experiment then!

    MYTH STILL BUSTED!!!
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    Jan 03, 2011 3:21 AM GMT
    I look in the mirror every morning and say "Hello gorgeous!" icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 03, 2011 5:38 AM GMT
    seante saidaffirmations are mantras you repeat to yourself to re-pattern your thinking habits


    99.99968% of the planet is run by people who get up, work, and DO things. Why, while typing this post I did taxes for 16 people, made turnip pie and knitted a sweater. Seriously, is there no end to the magic bullshit people will invent so that they can get out of doing some actual work?
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    seante saidaffirmations are mantras you repeat to yourself to re-pattern your thinking habits


    99.99968% of the planet is run by people who get up, work, and DO things. Why, while typing this post I did taxes for 16 people, made turnip pie and knitted a sweater. Seriously, is there no end to the magic bullshit people will invent so that they can get out of doing some actual work?


    sheesh
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    Jan 03, 2011 5:46 AM GMT
    I'm already reaching my limit on crazy, thanks.
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    amar_m said
    seante said
    amar_m saidScience says: MYTH BUSTED!!!!!

    http://exploringthemind.com/the-mind/the-truth-about-affirmations

    BAM!!!

    20100517_134555_MythBusted.gif


    admitting to no control group?


    A you have not read the SECOND experiment then!

    MYTH STILL BUSTED!!!


    ah, you presume too much!
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    seante saidaffirmations are mantras you repeat to yourself to re-pattern your thinking habits


    99.99968% of the planet is run by people who get up, work, and DO things. Why, while typing this post I did taxes for 16 people, made turnip pie and knitted a sweater. Seriously, is there no end to the magic bullshit people will invent so that they can get out of doing some actual work?



    elaborate?
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    Jan 03, 2011 2:17 PM GMT
    Little_Spoon saidI'm already reaching my limit on crazy, thanks.



    well the way i was looking at it... your brain is a biological computer and once you "read the manual" on your attitude and realize how it can influence your thoughts then affirmations just help you learn to control your attitude

    there're some people in my life that just will not better themselves because they just grew up that way. they started off in a decent enough place in life and have become content, but overweight--for example. this close friend of mine won't go into crowds bc her self esteem is so low that she feels like she'll be taking up space or mocked bc of her size, and she's not morbidly obese.

    if "crazy" can heal your attitude and lead you to love yourself or to start asking personal questions at LEAST then i say let the people be crazy!
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    Jan 03, 2011 2:27 PM GMT
    I 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!
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    Jan 03, 2011 2:30 PM GMT
    Pfft. Everyone just wishes they could be as hot and exciting as I.
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    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????
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    Jan 03, 2011 4:16 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidPfft. Everyone just wishes they could be as hot and exciting as I.


    haha. what a heart warming affirmation
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    Jan 03, 2011 4:17 PM GMT
    Ummm ... wish I could say "I'm a believer" but ... no comment.
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    Jan 03, 2011 4:33 PM GMT
    Man oh man...there are some Negative Nancies in the house. I love it when people condemn something that they never actually done with any consistency or thought.

    The reality is our mind is our most powerful tool for reaching success. It's controls our attitudes, our beliefs and our habits. Are you in the habit of constantly looking at the negative and why things can't be done? (Or why affirmations or anything else won't work?) Or do you look to create positive change in your life?

    Affirmations are just one small tool that can be used. It's not the end-all, be-all but it's a simple tool to engage your mind to help you articulate more clearly what is important to you so you can focus on it and actually take the steps to make it happen. It literally takes about 2 minutes to create an affirmation and 5-10 seconds a day to use.
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    Jan 03, 2011 4:37 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidPfft. Everyone just wishes they could be as hot and exciting as I.

    Because you're such a ray of fucking sunshine...?