These topics are super popular lately: meditations and affirmations. I’m sure you’ve heard of them. But are you certain of just what they are and how they work? These two practices are simple to add to your routine. You can even use it in a stressful moment to gain perspective. Below read to learn how to use gratitude meditations and affirmations to boost yourself anytime.
Ok Liz, What Are Meditations?
A meditation is really just a practice of some quiet time to be mindful and focus your attention on a particular thought. It’s a moment of silent reflection that focuses you on the here and now. Gratitude meditations involve focusing your thoughts on being grateful for the particulars of your life, even the ones that may not seem so positive. Remember your gratitude journaling we’ve been talking about? These entries can be meditations, even. Any purposeful time spent focused on being grateful can fall into this category.
What Are Affirmations?
Affirmations are short, brief and positive sentences that affect the ways you think and feel. They can be both conscious and unconscious. What we think greatly influences how we feel and behave (what you focus on you find). Using these positive messages into your life on a regular basis can help you to internalize them and begin living accordingly. Gratitude affirmations focus specifically on being grateful and appreciative. (for more info on affirmations see my blog here: Tell Your Inner Critic To Shut The F Up )
How to Use Both!
Both meditation and affirmation are easy to put into practice, if you start implementing them! They can be used almost any time and anywhere. Meditation does not have to be a long, intensive ritual. Really, you don’t need to spend a lot of time meditating in order to gain the benefits. Simply sitting quietly for a few minutes and contemplating on what you’re grateful for can help to center you and to provide new perspective. And notice how this will lead you to feeling better. When you have more time, you can look up guided gratitude meditations online or grab a meditation app to try.
For the affirmations, a good exercise would be to combine them with your gratitude journal. Write down positive messages that apply to your life and help to inspire or motivate you. Maybe you want to keep them in a separate journal or store them online. Then you can pull out your collection of affirmations for a pick-me-up when you need one.
Gratitude meditations and affirmations are simple tools that offer a big return. They take only a few minutes to practice, and you really don’t need any special equipment. Give them a try when you feel you could use an injection of gratitude in your life.
You are capable of amazing things…now you say it - Liz Lima