Welcome back to another day of this challenge. Today I wanted to share with you these three things:-
1) Books by Julia Cameron and Sura Dahn Kim with their thoughts on what are positive affirmations;
2) A talk on positive affirmations from Sura (see link below); and
3) A new app by Radio 1 called “Relax” featuring calming music.
Thank you for joining me again, and I really appreciate you taking the time out to be here. Today, I would like to share with you two books whose author’s have written about positive affirmations. The first one here is by Julia Cameron and it’s called “The Artist’s Way”. If you flick through to pages 30 – 33, you’ll see that Cameron talks about affirmations and she also refers to the enemy within. Being the core negative beliefs. This is essentially ourselves, talking to and about ourselves.
It is generally known that a person has about 80,000 thoughts a day. And the majority of those are negative. Many of the thoughts we have about ourselves are negative. On page 30, Cameron talks about “commonly negatively held beliefs”. For example, “I’m not good enough, I don’t have good enough ideas, I get stuck or or I can’t do this, or I can’t do that, or everyone will hate me if I do that, and you concern yourself with fears of what could happen for events that have not yet happened. Cameron has created a column graphic on page 32, in which she has written example of negative beliefs about yourself and then have an arrow to the next column, where you write down a chart of positive beliefs. In other words, whatever negative belief you have about yourself, you can put an arrow next to it and then write down in the column next to it, the complete opposite of what that negative belief was. For an easy example, for the negative belief it could be “I’m unhappy and I will always be unhappy” – but the positive alternative is “I am happy”. And another example of a negative belief is “I am doomed” so the positive alternative to that is “I am saved”. On page 33 Cameron talks about using affirmations as a weapon to arm ourselves. On page 34, Camerons says that “affirmations will help you to allow yourself ..”. “An affirmation is a positive statement or a positive belief, and if we can become one tenth as good at positive self-talk as we are at negative self-talk we will notice an enormous change …. affirmations help achieve a sense of safety and hope”. Cameron explore what are our core beliefs. She refers to negative statements as blurts, and then how we can convert these blurts into positive affirmations.
Another book I would like to share with you is called “Sura Flow”, and it is written by Sura Dahn Kim. In her book, Kim talks about effortless meditation. At page 58 of her book, Kim discusses “healing affirmations”. Kim explains that “affirmations help you to heal”. On page 59, Kim explains that “affirmations help you release limiting thoughts and beliefs by seeding new positive thoughts that lead to new experiences”.
Below is a link to a video by Kim, on the “Healing Power of Affirmations Positive Self-Talk”.
3) You may also like to explore the new app from Radio 1. It launches officially later today, and it is called The Relax app. This can be helpful for anytime you need to zone out and chill and unwind.
Talking about unwinding, please take the opportunity today to practise your “focussed awareness” meditation. Perhaps counting down from 5 to 1 and saying “breathe in peace, breathe out calm”.
Here are some articles about the new “relax” app:-
Radio 1 also has a series on de-stressing:-
Goodbye for now. Once again, thank you for taking the time to be here today. And I look forward to you joining me tomorrow for Day 12. Until then, take care and stay safe.
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