Have you ever read something that made you pause or change the course of your day?
For instance, the blog I’m writing today is in response to an article I just read by another meditation teacher, David Gerken, where he talks about the power of letting go of our emotional baggage.
David’s article deeply moved me, and it helped me realise just how much emotional baggage I carry around with me and how challenging it is to let go of some of the beliefs I know are keeping me stuck.
Because of this, I put down what I was writing, picked up my journal, and meditated.
As a result, I didn’t complete the article I had planned to write today.
Instead, I wrote the 21 self-love affirmations I’m sharing with you in case you, too, overthink things, hold onto limiting beliefs blocking you from moving forward and need encouragement to change your perspective.
I hope these inspiring affirmations serve you well.
If you are unfamiliar with using affirmations, here are a few quick tips to get you started.
- You can say the following phrases aloud or quietly to yourself, with as much feeling and emotion as possible.
- For example, you can read them out loud as if speaking to a large assembly, whisper them to yourself and everything in between!
- After you’ve said the affirmations, pause to notice which affirmation or affirmations stood out the most.
- Use that insight as a prompt for inner reflection to steer your thoughts throughout the day.
You can find more advice, plus examples, about the power of affirmations in my article 21 Timely Affirmations to Nurture Your Mind.
- I allow myself space to forgive myself.
- I am mindful of the way I talk to myself and aspire to treat myself well.
- I give myself permission to say no to people and situations that drain and deplete my energy.
- I gladly welcome more love, tenderness and self-care into my life.
- It is OK to rest.
- I consciously strive to find more moments of pleasure and joy in my life.
- I recognise the good in myself.
- I believe in myself; even when I feel shaky and scared, I still love myself.
- I look up, gaze around and give thanks for what I have.
- Even when everything looks bleak, I know someone is thinking about me somewhere.
- I believe in humanity. And trust that we can work together to dismantle systems that divide and separate us.
- Every breath I take and receive is a gift, a reminder that I am alive and able to make a difference in someone’s life.
- I love myself.
- Every day I rise and look for the good in myself and others.
- May all beings feel loved, cared and appreciated.
- May I have the courage to look others in the eye and say sorry for hurting your feelings and not listening to you.
- I know that I will make mistakes today. May I forgive myself in advance.
- May I have the strength to trust myself, listen to my body and move forward in faith.
- Even when I don’t like the way I look, may I hug myself and say something nice to myself.
- I am open to loving and caring for myself more.
- May I find more moments of joy and appreciation in life.
I’d love to know what affirmation stood out the most for you.
Kindly highlight it and drop a note in the comments about how it makes you feel. And I’ll gladly respond to your comment.
Remember, in our journey of more self-love, all feelings are allowed!
The key is to notice your thoughts, be curious about the associated emotions, and then give yourself space to choose how you wish to respond.
The 21 self-love affirmations for inner strength are tools to help you expand awareness of your thoughts and gently prompt you to let go of unwanted thoughts so that you can live more caring compassionate lives.
I invite you to practice your favourite affirmation/s for the next seven days.
And my hope is you’ll start to feel more loving towards yourself and treat yourself more kindly — particularly on those down days.
Take care, and thank you.
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