Affirmations are very powerful things. Advertising sort of functions as the opposite of affirmation. Advertising tells us we are ugly or fat or old or bad so we will feel empty and fill that space with the product they are selling.
I seem to need to build a shield against the advertising that is everywhere I look (and hear.)
I am working at replacing those messages with my own messages of affirmation.
I keep meaning to put little post-its on my mirror, in my car, on the fridge, and all around where I will see them and remember that I CAN.
Another mantra I try to build into my ongoing, all-day thought monologue is:
la la la, love and acceptance, love and acceptance, love and acceptance.
This sounds kooky, but if you put it to your favorite tune, especially the la la la part, it does stay with you all day.
To start my day saying this a few times really affects how the day goes, and how I feel through the day.
and when you feel positive, positive things seem to happen.
Everywhere, everywhere, everywhere in this world we are given messages of how horrible things are, of how horrible we are, that the young beautiful plastic looking people in the ads are happy because of stuff. and that the world is going to pot all around us, wars and famine and a tanking economy -- and while all that might be true, dwelling on it in an unhappy way just to move the machine of money-making forward is not where my mind needs to be.
I want to be aware of the monumental suffering in the world, without adding to it, either in my mind or my actions.
I reject that we need to focus on what is horrible in the world, and choose bliss and joy in exactly the way I am and in what I am doing.
I say we can make the world sacred and beautiful, and that the flowers on my deck and the green grass under my feet and the dragonfly I find on my path all bring me peace and affirmation that the world is a wonderful place.
la la la.
Love and accept yourself today!
"Look at the earth crowded with growth, new and old bursting from their strong roots hidden in the silent, live ground, each seed according to its own kind... each one knowing what to do, each one demanding its own rights on the earth... So, artist, you too from the deeps of your soul... let your roots creep forth, gaining strength." --Emily Carr