Kids get a lot of things right.
My of-the-moment favorite?
Of course ya’ll know I love the deliberateness of it. They are making beliefs. Like little architects of imagination, they build fantasy worlds one play session at a time.
And they rally their friends to join with the simple phrase, “wanna play?”
This week I’ve been playing some make believe of my own through a new practice of saying affirmations.
“An affirmation is a strong, positive statement that something is already so. It is a way of ‘making firm’ that which you are imagining,” writes Shakti Gawain in her book Creative Visualization which inspired my recent practice.
Here’s the thing: Our mental chatter is going to happen anyway.
We are constantly having thoughts, many of which we aren’t consciously aware of. By saying affirmations, we are introducing new, positive, empowering thoughts into the mix of our mental chatter. It feels more powerful than the background chatter of rote self-talk, because we are conscious and intentional (one might say deliberate) about these messages.
Said with conviction, you’ll likely even begin to make new beliefs.
photo credit: RubyBlossom