As a follow up to Monday's post on creating your own affirmations, I wanted to describe how to give them real permanence and power. While simply repeating it to yourself as much as possible throughout the day is important (especially right before falling asleep - you naturally move into light hypnosis as you nod off), you should consider investing a few minutes each day to make it even more powerful. Find a place where you can sit or recline undisturbed for a few minutes. Close your eyes and begin to concentrate on your breathing, making each breath deep and slow, as you think about exhaling any cares, worries or pressures. You may find relaxing soft music (at low volume) enhances this process. As you are breathing deeply and slowly, begin relaxing each area of your body from the top of your head down to your toes, or start with your feet and move upward through the crown of your head. Take your time - it is important to feel genuinely relaxed through your entire body. Those of you who have practiced yoga, meditation, or worked with me or another hypnotist or therapist will be familiar with relaxation techniques. For those who have not, there is of course lots of information on the internet or simply email me with any questions, I am always glad to help.
Once you are completely relaxed, continue to breathe slowly and deeply and begin to create a visual image of your affirmation. Imagine or see yourself actually doing the thing you want to accomplish, and be certain to include the emotion you will experience at accomplishing your goal - the joy of an improved relationship or connection, the satisfaction of regular exercise, healthy eating and weight loss - whatever emotional aspect you created in your affirmation. Use the power of repetition and make a point to do this every day, at more or less the same time. The "magic 30 minutes" before sleep at the end of the day works well for many, while others may prefer a routine of first thing in the morning. Whatever your preference, it is important to establish it as a habit. You are creating a new neural pathway that is, in that sense no different than any other learning process you've already accomplished - this one just happens to be something healthy and positive you may have struggled with in the past.
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