Mantras and affirmations can change our lives. Or, at the very least, change the way we think about something.
If you've done self-help work, personal development or spiritual work, you know what I’m talking about.
Phrases and affirmations like, “I’m a strong and vibrant person” or “I am peaceful and calm” help us take root in a new way of thinking.
But could repeating affirmations over and over again actually hinder us?
Here’s the thing, when a mantra is grounded in positivity, yes, it can be powerful and helpful. But what happens when our affirmations are rooted in a belief that may not necessary serve us? And those affirmations are repeated again and again?
For example, what if you have a belief that you will never get over a death that has occurred.
You tell yourself “I will never get over this,” and then well-intended friends and family say to you “I don’t know how you’ll get over this.”
What do you think will happen?
Chances are you will never get over it. Now, I am not saying we ever truly “get over” a death, but we can learn to integrate it in our lives. The way I see it is, the day we learned of a death or the devastating news that changed our lives forever, is the day that a humongous heavy rock was placed on our backs. And although we can never get it off our backs, we can get stronger to carry it.
Let’s the change the mantra to, “I am getting stronger everyday” or “I am healing” or “I will heal completely” and have that repeated back to us.
“You are healing and every day and you are closer than you were before.”
Our most powerful words, over any, are the words we tell ourselves. What we say does make a big difference.
If you want to heal, start by becoming more aware of what you tell yourself and by being conscious of what you believe your truth to be.