As had become my custom, I played my favorite audio of positive affirmations while I did my daily computer work. This took most of the morning. But the rare occurrence was that Kaicho happened to be in the next room doing his insurance work. Mostly, I listened to these phrases to keep my positive attitude going after a long camp weekend. Too bad if anyone listening didn’t like them. But part of me worried, What will Kaicho think? Will he think I’m crazy as I suspect some of my family members do in regards to my self-brainwashing?
WHY POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS
In this other blog article, I already touched on the generalities of why positive phrases can help everyone and how they are used in Okinawa. For me personally, I need affirmations to counteract the negativity I can encounter daily. This can come from the news media, driving in traffic, maneuvering through a busy store, dealing with negative people, or just generally feeling like life is pushing me down or coming at me too fast.
HOW AFFIRMATIONS HELP ME
I make the conscious choice to regularly re-program my subconscious mind with positivity. I find that this helps me to deal more happily with each day. Listening to or repeating positive phrases to myself while I’m relaxed maximizes that time. It also has a more lasting effect for me. People have told me that I am an optimist. That is not necessarily an inborn trait. I work regularly at this, and affirmations help.
KAICHO’S TAKE ON MY AFFIRMATIONS
So what did Kaicho think about the affirmations he couldn’t help but hear during that workday? He was positive about them (no pun intended). It shouldn’t come as a surprise. If you’ve spent much casual time with Kaicho, you will have noticed his easygoing, live-in-the-moment, keep positive and stay proactive nature.
LINKS TO AFFIRMATIONS
First, I have to give props to my favorite Youtube channel for affirmations. Justin Perry’s YouAreCreators has a playlist of affirmations for gratitude, confidence, prosperity, health and more.
Here’s another favorite with a relaxing female voice.
And one more link to a list of positive phrases, with a bit more about how and why they work.
You can even create your own. Just remember, it is important to keep the word phrasing in the present tense in order to maximize the superpowers of your subconscious mind.