mental health techniques
People often ask me what are the best affirmations for practicing gratitude. I answer by saying that thankfulness is one of the key ingredients for our progress along the path. So often we lose sight of what we have to be grateful for—our health, friends, material comfort, and most importantly, the gift of life itself. Practicing gratitude can be enhanced by affirmations.
Every situation in life, even the apparent tragedy, has a “silver lining.” Praising and giving thanks invokes this good and helps to bring it into being. Even painful experiences become bittersweet when we know that the universe is working out its perfect plan through them. Take a look at your life. Are you giving thanks for all your experiences? If you are reacting negatively to a specific situation, try a different approach.
Give thanks for the condition being just the way it is. Then observe what happens. As your attitude about the condition changes, the circumstances surrounding it will be transformed. Such is the miraculous power of giving thanks in all things.
1. I give thanks for every experience that I have.
2. I say yes to the universe.
3. It’s all unfolding perfectly.
4. Every experience in my life brings me closer to God.
5. In every aspect of my life, I am truly blessed.
Words to Consider
“When you learn to love hell, you will be in heaven.” -Proverb
Lazy Man’s Guide to Enlightenment
Recently, Oregon Public Broadcasting highlighted Olympic athletes’ use of mental skills training, including positive self-talk, to help “boost performance.” Mental skills coach and and professor of exercise science and sports psychology at Pacific Lutheran University Colleen Hacker works with the US men and women’s hockey teams on mental toughness, positive self-talk, concentration training, pre-performance routines and imagining success using all senses.
The good news is, these techniques are appropriate for everyone. She gives this example of positive self-talk: “Let’s say a soccer player shot and missed the goal. Positive self talk would be, ‘Keep shooting. Keep putting pressure on the keeper. I’ll eventually get it.’” When practiced, this is a tool that can improve outcomes for anything any of us would like to accomplish.