Changing The Mind Landscape, How to Detox Your Thoughts?

What are affirmations?

An affirmation is "to state that something is true, a statement of truth.” Affirmations are an effective practice to transform our inner dialogue or chat into “the voice of knowledge”, as described by Dr. Miguel Ruiz, a Mexican author of Toltec spiritualist and neoshamanistic texts.

In general, people who spend time in meditation or self-awareness practice know how challenging it is to stop the inner chat. This inner voice is always talking, and it is not our voice's true self. Rather, it’s the collection of old habits, beliefs, knowledge and stories that have been passed through our ancestors, teachers and society. This voice limits us, by judging ourselves; this endless chat is old programming. Our mental commentary is ultimately running the show. It colours our feelings and perceptions about what is happening externally in our world. Ultimately, our thoughts directly influence our experience; creating and attracting everything that happens to us.

Trying to stop our inner chat can be very challenging. The use of affirmations can be an effective tool to access the mind’s landscape; to observe and bring awareness to old mental patterns, and from a place of acceptance to bring inner transformation.

For example, replace self-defeating thoughts such as, “I am never going to be able to lose weight” with an antidote affirmation, like, “I will consciously choose healthy and nutritious foods for my body and mind”.

How Affirmations Works

Our inner voice is a very powerful instrument and we should be aware of how we talk to ourselves. Our words are thoughts in action, the first agreement, as stated in Dr. Miguel Ruiz's book, “The Four Agreements”. Engaging in the practice of affirmation allows us to replace inherited old thoughts with honest and positive new patterns. Affirmations are a powerful technique. In a short time, it can transform our attitudes and expectations about life, including helping us to change what we create for ourselves.

Unwanted Thoughts

Imagine the mind landscape as an ever-flowing running river. Sometimes the water gets muddy, just like unwanted thoughts can become in your mind. A good technique to avoid unwanted thoughts is to observe and be aware of them by recognizing them without investing any energy. A few steps to take when a recurring unwanted thought enters:

  1. Pause.

  2. Acknowledge it.

  3. Give thanks, “Thank you mind, thanks for sharing”.

  4. Repeat this exercise as many times as needed.

  5. Replace the old thought for a new affirmation that you want to replace it with for example:

“I am always safe and divinely protected and guided”

The following are seven important building blocks for affirmations to work:

  1. State your affirmation in the first person and present tense. This means that whatever you are creating is in the “here and now”. Everything is created in the inner plane before it's expressed in the outer reality. For instance :“I open myself to learn new things every day”.

  2. Phrase affirmations in the most positive way you can. For the mind to initiate change, it needs to understand positive thoughts; it is unable to process the word “don't”. For instance, “I don't want to be tense when practicing golf”; remove the contrac