Being here and now.
A lot of life energy is lost maintaining past pointless memories or over preparing for a future that never eventuates. This loss of energy may affect our health and deplete the body's energy. In simple terms stress keeps the 'fight or flight' response active. From our 'cradle' we have been shaped, by family, peers and culture. We have stored many experiences many of which may have been less than helpful. They create layers over our happy self. And of course it depends on how we interpret these experiences. Some can simply shrug them off, whilst for others they are devastating. No two people are the same.
The present moment is a new moment. There is no need to drag the sack of memories behind us, but many unhelpful memories are old friends that we feel comfortable with. Many experiences are 'old movies' we like to watch to wallow in.
Many of our standard responses to situations are old responses that we simply revert to. But it does not have to be this way. To be 'here and now' we do have to practise our mindfulness and mantra meditation. It is from these that we generate the strength to begin to let these 'old stories' dissipate. It is not a quick process for we are building new responses and new attitudes. In the 'now' is our power to change.
There are two ways in which to see the purpose of affirmations. Both are right. The first is that these short statements redirect the part of our mind that programs our life experiences, responses and reactions. In time these sink into our life's program.
The other is that these short statements actually reflect the true nature of who we really are. So the repetition slowly peels away the layers of conditioning that have dampened our creative loving self. Regardless of how we see them they are tools to our awakening. There are some very basic affirmations that can be repeated.
"I am healthy, I am wealthy, I am happy and I am wise." A very basic whole of life affirmation. It may not reflect your present situation but it begins to put ideas in place for the future path.
" I am confident, I am capable, I am successful" likewise begins the process of self establishment.
These two examples should be said quite lightly and frequently. We do not try too hard. We have to let it work quietly in the background until we find we have shifted. We have changed the way we perceive our existence. We also need to add these into our mindfulness and our meditation for they will not work in an isolated situation, they are part of our self discovery.
"I am healthy, I am wealthy, I am happy and I am wise."
" I am confident, I am capable,
I am successful"