I let go of what no longer serves me. This is an affirmation that I repeat to myself daily, as a reminder that I do not wish to hold on to grudges, resentment and the need to be right.
A while ago, I decided that I wanted to create a life for myself filled mainly with peace and contentment. I wanted to multiply the moments of joy, allow my creativity to flourish and increase my well being. I intended to elevate my vibrational frequency high enough to feel coherence with the rest of the Universe. I desired experiences and exchanges that stimulated my thinking, and allowed me opportunities to see the beauty of the world around me, and above all, helped me live in a positive energy everyday.
This intentional desire for change forced me to let go of all the emotions, habits and patterns that would get in the way of the life I wanted to create for myself. Wanting and needing the release was the easy part. Doing the deed proved more difficult, because we tend to go immediately to learned and practiced responses when triggered, by lashing out or withdrawing, and deal with our emotions in harmful ways. I self-soothed with food, and still do. It’s a hard habit to break, and some days I am more successful than others. The first step is to catch ourselves in these moments, recognize the negative response and see if we can understand what is at the root of our emotion.
There are two basic motivating forces in our lives: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life, experiencing emotions like resentment, judgement, jealousy and anxiety When love is our motivational force, we feel joy, and exuberance, and we are open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance.
Affirmations are positive statements that you repeat to yourself to change your subconscious thoughts. Using affirmations can help you to challenge and overcome self-sabotaging and negative thoughts and beliefs. Over time, they replace any negative beliefs or thoughts with positive thoughts. When you repeat your specific affirmations often and you start to believe in them, you can start to make positive changes… Thoughts turn into beliefs, and beliefs turn into our state of being.
Letting go of what no longer served me was the strongest affirmation I could repeat to remind myself of what I wanted for myself, and bring me back to my intention of having a life that was filled with peace and contentment. You can’t be vibrating at a high frequency if you are angry at your brother for example, for not behaving the way you would like him to. That’s a control issue, and there is nothing you can do to control his behaviour. Once I was able to process that the love I feel for my brother is greater than the need to judge him, or make him feel my hurt, it was easy to let go of the pain, instantly. I was like a cork held under water, and immediately popped to the surface. Just like that!
The power of affirmations lies in repeating them to yourself regularly. It’s useful to recite your affirmations several times a day (have them pop up in your notifications!). These positive mental repetitions can reprogram our thinking patterns so that, over time, we begin to think – and act – differently. You also need to repeat your affirmations as soon as you engage in the negative thought or behavior that you want to overcome.
You can create your own affirmations, or look to the internet for help. You will find posts where people have compiled affirmations by themes or goals making it easy for you to pick the ones that resonate with your desired change.
Here are my affirmations for creating the life I want.
- I let go of what no longer serves me.
- I release all limiting beliefs
- I release self doubt
- I let go of fear
- I let go of worry
- I let go of negativity
- I release all that is not in alignement with my life path.
Affirmations are most effective when you use them alongside other strategies, such as meditation, visualisation and goal setting. Try repeating these to yourself out loud, in front of a mirror, or writing them down in your journal, and incorporate the practice into your daily routine.
Journal prompt for today: what holds joy for me?
Intention for todays meditation: I am in control of my life and can create the life I want.