11 Affirmations to Live By

What are Affirmations?

Affirmations are very powerful tools that you can use to empower yourself, heal your body, and change your life. The first person to ever teach me about affirmations was Louise Hay. I have never met her, but she has hugely impacted my life, and shown me the power the mind has.
As humans, we create every moment of our lives with our thoughts alone. Yes, some things happen that we have no control over. But we can control how we react to things. When we learn how to be positive, and hold thoughts that will benefit our highest good, we can truly create the life of our dreams. Getting caught up in negative or toxic thinking, is a surefire way to bring more of exactly what we don’t want, into our lives.
I was asked to create a list of rules in which I live my life by. I told the querent that I would instead write a list of affirmations, because they were more in alignment with who I am, and better describe my values.

So, here is my list of eleven affirmations to live by:

1. I love and respect my body for functioning properly, and keeping me healthy. When we think positively about our body, and recognize how wonderful it is, we stay healthier and feel better. If we are constantly putting our looks down, or expecting illness, then we shall not have strong self-esteem or immune systems. We only make ourselves feel better or feel worse by the words we choose.
2. I align my actions with my inner knowing of what is best for me. Life is all about making decisions. It is important that we know when to say, “yes,” or “no,” to someone or something. We have to know ourselves well enough to decide if something is going to be a positive or negative experience for us. Then we can decide if we want to go through with it or not.
3. I choose to see the light in others. There are some people in this world that you love to death, and can’t get enough of. There are others that just seem to get under your skin. Instead of dwelling on how you don’t like them, remember that they too, are a Divine being of light. You don’t have to like them, but it is vital that we treat our fellow humans with respect. Remember the golden rule?
4. I have respect for Earth, her plants, and animals. We live here, on Earth. We were not the first here, and we probably won’t be the last. I cannot stress enough how important it is to show Earth, and her inhabitants equal respect. After all, it is because of Earth, her plants, and her animals, that we know life as it is.
5. I keep my thoughts positive, as I know they define my future. Just as I was saying about body images and health, we must keep our thoughts in alignment with our highest good. Let mundane fears and stresses go. Don’t focus on things you don’t want in your life. Focus on the good that is already in your life, and you can be sure you will see more of it.
6. I understand that others are on their own path and do not see with judging eyes. It is so easy to pass judgment on others. In fact, it’s a little too easy, sometimes. But we need to strive to be mindful. We must remember that we have no idea what is going on in someone else’s life, and we have no right to judge them based on our assumptions, just as they have no right to do the same to us.
7. I put good, healthy, food into my body to stay energized, and operate in a higher vibration. This one is very important to me. I have found, in my life, that when I eat more fruits and vegetables, more fresh food than frozen or pre-packaged, home-cooked meals, not takeout, and more organic than not, that I feel better and my intuition is stronger. My intuition and the way my body feels are two EXTREMELY important things to me. If either one doesn’t feel right, it throws off my whole day.
8. I am connected to the Divine and trust my intuition. Another thing I have learned about my intuition, when I am trusting and proud of it, it’s on point. When I worry I could be wrong, I get anxious. When I focus on and show gratitude to the Divine, I feel their presence stronger, and more often. Perhaps this goes back to keeping our thoughts aligned?
9. I ground myself to stay free of worry and anxiety. When I feel myself thinking in fear-based energy, I immediately stop myself. I take a deep breath, I put my hand over my heart, and I let those thoughts go. This helps me to feel better throughout the day, and it helps me to know that nothing can get the best of me. I am the creator of my future (a bonus affirmation here, anyone?).
10. I lovingly express my truth through creativity and clear communication. Everyone needs an outlet. Creativity and clear communication are so vital to our spiritual growth. I can remember times in my life where I felt so stagnant and bogged down. Being creative helps us relax with ease, and connect with Spirit. Creativity is crucial to our well-being. And expressing your feelings to your loved ones should never be avoided. We must try to always speak our truth, so that our needs are met, and that our family and friends know what we’re thinking. Being honest is the best way to avoid potential problems.
11. I love my family unconditionally, and recognize their greatness. Sometimes family can get on our nerves. Sometimes we need them more than we ever thought we would. If a family member has hurt you in the past, it is important to release that hurt, for your own sake. Everyone is doing the best they can with what they have. We must learn to forgive, while we have the time. We must also remember to cherish our family, and let them know what they mean to us. Life can get crazy at times. That’s why we have to make the most out of family connections. Love starts with the family. If we show love to ourselves and our families, we can easier share it with others.

Your Turn

What did you think of my affirmation list? Is there anything you would add? I encourage you to come up with your own list of affirmations to live by. Not sure how? A good place to start would be by defining your values. What’s important to you? What do you want to work on, in your life? Is there anything you want more of in your life?
Pay attention to the words you use and how they make you feel. Do the phrases you use lift you up or drag you down? Use words of a positive nature, that will enrich your spirit and your life. And always make sure to say, “I,” or “my,” somewhere in your affirmation. Remember that everything starts and ends with you.
Love and light, dear ones.

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