Today’s Miracle Morning practice included a Meditation which I will link below, followed by affirmations, visualisation, exercise, reading and journaling.
I have been asked to share some more thoughts on the affirmations I am currently using and or visualisations and why.Today's meditation actually included a visualisation.
My intentions with some of my affirmations has been to focus on changing my mindset in particular by looking at the language I use. When considering affirmations it's important to keep the words we choose positive, considering what areas I could work on I look at the language I use and one in particular that came to mind was how I use the word 'sorry' as do others around me. Often it's used in a sentence or sentences more times than I can count! Why and what impact does this have?
If I or you replace the word 'sorry' with thank you. It can make a real difference to overall mindset and impact on our emotional and mental states. So why do we choose to use this word? Often ‘sorry’ is used to gain acceptance , or to be nurturing or even we might think it is polite (I think my friends in the UK may agree with this). It's also used to avoid confrontation and shy away from decision making. When really this is not the true reason to be using the word sorry.
So what can I do / you do to change this, firstly it’s important to decided if you are demonstrating this use of language and how you feel about your own use of the word. Let me give you an example then if how you might change this simply , instead of saying 'sorry the house is a mess' when friends stop by say 'thank you for visiting'. If you are late instead of saying 'sorry I am late' I can say 'thank you for your patience'. When I'm going through difficult emotions instead of saying 'sorry I am so upset' 'I can say 'thank you for your support'. Instead of saying 'sorry I don't have time to do that ' I can say 'thank you for understanding my decision'
It is a small but subtle change in words, which I believe will change the way I or you (if you choose to do the same) can influence , consider and treat ourselves and then outwardly to how we communicate with others. Improving our own emotional states and our ability to communicate effectively.
Saying sorry is sometimes very important to do but by using the word in it’s real context we will stand in our own power and at the same time put more value back into the word sorry for when it’s truly needed.
To share my affirmations today are:
“I am willing to use affirmations in a heart-felt positive way. I am willing to be surprised and inspired by the power of my own words.”
''My thoughts are filled with positivity and my life is plentiful. Thank you''
''I am saying thank you , to spread more positivity out into the world''
I would love to hear your affirmations, you ideas on how sorry can be changed to thank you and your experiences on how this has changed things for you.
I get asked a lot by friends and blog followers how I find the time to read as much as I do. Which gives me cause today reflect on how I do achieve this and why I put a value of importance on reading.
It’s not something I have ever found difficult to do and would frequently be referred to as a bookworm for I love most books , on various topics, both fiction and non fiction, and varied length , long or short books. Loving to read makes makes it a priority in my self care and fun routine but I realise and appreciate that sometimes busy lives and demanding priorities can make finding this time challenging. The main way I have found time to make this happen daily is through a minimum of 5 minutes a day in my miracle morning routine. If you haven’t read the book Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod make this your first book to read. It’s life changing and has made a significant difference to my life over the last 2 years. To give you an idea of the impact of including reading for 5 mins a day in a miracle morning routine. In just a week, an extra 35 minutes of reading. As I continue in a month that is 2.5 hours extra and in a year that is 30.4 hours extra. Assuming the average person reads 130 words per minute. That is a minimum of 237250 words! How many books would that cover?
Overviewing why it is important to read and what impact it can have on your life let me share what I found out. It can reduce stress by distracting you for a few moments, reduce negative feelings such as loneliness and anxiety. It allows you to become calm and in the moment. It can increase your knowledge and vocabulary. Increase awareness and bring insights or ideas. It is a perfect tool for improving memory, analytical thinking and problem solving skills, as you follow characters, plot or learn about a new topics. It can spark imagination, entertain you, make you smarter, increase awareness of yourself and the world around you.
I read recently about a new research report, commissioned for Quick Reads, that revealed 'adults who spend just 30 minutes a week reading are 20 per cent more likely to be satisfied with their lives'
Another way of making the time to read is to set yourself goals, allocate time to it and review your goals. For example this year I am participating in a reading challenge and have set myself a goal of 52 books in the year. This is a big number for me, you don’t need to set the same goal , if you didn’t read one book last year , set yourself of a goal of one this year. It’s about progress and enjoyment for your own self development. I’m on Goodreads if you want to follow me there.
I have created a bookshelf page here on the website where I will in time add links to all the books I have read or recommend and a link to help so that if you would like to share in the same reading I have done you can too. Please do share your favourite books and recommendations with me in return.
Linda Perry (a.k.a. Magick Mummy)
Holistic Health Practitioner💚Mum👩👧👦 Wife💏Author📘Blogger. My mission to inspire others to live a healthy, happy & full life!