A Powerful Trio: Affirmation | Gratitude | RepetitionMay 08, 2022
A Powerful Trio
by Amy M. Jarvis, IAYT, E-RYT500, YACEP & Meditation Teacher
The practice of mindfulness* is the method used as the vehicle the the brain creates new and strengthen existing desired pathways.
An affirmation is the confirmation of your intention by which you deeply desire. The thoughtful affirmation provides the foundation of encouragement and the powerful trio to weave an affirmation of gratitude establishes your affirmation with the repetition to assure all layers of self hear the message.
The practice of mindfulness is a practice of self-care at the core of real transformation. It takes place in the physical mind and supports our emotional attitudes. Applying the the theme of gratitude allows us to look deeply inward for where we are today, in the present moment. Adding mindfulness into your daily routine breaks the cycle of negative self talk.
In my experience, the shift is subtle but now I feel different; I'm not as anxious or upset when things don't go the way I had intended; the actions of others, situations and events no longer trigger me in the same way. I feel a sense of harmony with myself and my relationship with community. Now I'm certainly not perfect and knowing this I practice - life is a continuous practice.
The brain is poised to be negative and science has shown that the amygdala* uses about two-thirds of its neurons to detect negativity and then quickly stores it into long-term memory. This means two thirds of your emotions and motivation is designed to focus primarily on the negative.
In the practice of mindfulness we exercise our brains with the intention to break the cycle of negative self talk. The science behind the application of this practice of gratitude, affirmation, and repetition is neuroplasticity* which will directly effect our attitudes towards ourselves, others, situations and events.
Further Study & References:
- Mindfulness is a therapeutic approach to open one's mental field of acceptance without judgement using the present feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations.
- For more information look up John Cacioppo, PhD-Brain Negativity Bias)
The Amygdala is an almond-shaped mass of gray matter inside each cerebral hemisphere, involved with the experiencing of emotions.
- Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to form and reorganize synaptic connections, especially in response to learning, experience or following injury.
- You are welcome to download the mindfulness practice so you too can combine the science of the brain, positive affirmation, gratitude, and repetition to strengthen the effects of the practice.
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