How Affirmations Work
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Does the thought of repeating affirmations feel uncomfortable to you? Do you feel that it's pointless to work with affirmations because you just don't believe that the positive qualities they hold apply to you and that you could never believe them? If you feel or think this, then please read on and learn how affirmations work.
Repeating affirmations, writing them, speaking them aloud as you look into a mirror is not about forcing your mind to believe them. It's about giving yourself the opportunity to make them true.
For example, if you are in an almost constant state of irritation or anxiety and you snap at people, the affirmations, "I am kind. I am patient" will certainly feel far from the truth. You will feel uncomfortable saying these two affirmations. You know you are not kind and you are not patient.
But what happens is that pushing against the discomfort lets the affirmations find a tiny place in your awareness. Day after day, repeating the affirmations helps a spark of new awareness grow. Over time you discover you have a choice between a quick snap and a patient response - now and then.
As you bring your new awareness into new action you get a different kind of response in the world that will reinforce your new action. So the building continues. Then, without even realizing it you incorporate a more kind and patient way of thinking and behaving into your ordinary life.
This is an important piece of needed understanding. Healing Your Hungry Heart contains a long list of affirmations to choose from and explains how to work with them. Your challenge is to move past your resistance and dare something new. After all, you are daring to work toward eating disorder recovery and live a life free of your eating disorder. You are going from the long time familiar into a new way of living. Affirmations, worked with knowledge and understanding, can be a powerful recovery tool on your journey to recovery.