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Planting Seeds Daily

Your mind is a garden. Your thoughts are the seeds. You can grow flowers, or you can grow weeds. - Author unknown


Every thought you think, every word you speak is an affirmation, whether you know it or not. We plant seeds in every moment that we are thinking and speaking. Zig Ziglar said, “There is power in words. What you say is what you get.”

Affirmations are probably not new to you. Many of you have probably heard of some of the most famous affirmation gurus: James Allen, Norman Vincent Peale, and Louise Hay, to name a few. Louise Hay, author of Heal Your Body, taught about the power of words to heal dis-ease through making positive affirmations and releasing resentment, guilt, and anger. I love what she says about affirmations, “Affirmations are like seed planted in soil. Poor soil, poor growth. Rich soil, abundant growth. The more you choose to think thoughts that make you feel good, the quicker the affirmations work.” In each moment we have the power to create positive change. But first, we need to become aware of the things we think and our thought patterns.

As a young adult, I found myself in a very unhealthy, verbally abusive relationship that took me many years to leave. After 12 years of hearing negative things and being put down, I had to reprogram the way that I thought. I began to read books about the power of positive affirmations and attend a church that supported these beliefs. I learned to observe and question many thoughts that I believed after being programmed by other people. Through journaling, reading lots of self-help books, posting post-it notes everywhere and surrounding myself with positive people that loved and supported me, I began to believe in myself and talk nicely to me again. T.S. Eliot said, “Whatever you think, be sure it is what you think; whatever you want, be sure that is what you want; whatever you feel, be sure that is what you feel.” Praticing self-compassion is another way to nurture and build yourself up. Just as you would show compassion to a friend who is going through a difficult time, you can learn to be more compassionate with yourself!

So, what are the beliefs that you hold? Whether they are societal beliefs that seep in through the news, friends, co-workers, or our family, we all hold beliefs about ourselves and the world around us. And because of our thoughts and beliefs, we have created the life we are now living. We’ve also created experiences that support these beliefs. Beliefs like: I'm stupid. I'm lousy at parenting. I'm broke and my job sucks. Become aware of what you are thinking. Ask yourself, is this true? Uncover the nasty little lies that you tell yourself. Hold these thoughts up to the light and discard any negative ideas that you are less than. YOU ARE ENOUGH.

Practicing The Four Seeds can improve your health and support your ability to make positive changes in your thought patterns by helping to keep a clear mind. Science is proving that there is a connection between eating well, sleeping well, exercising and taking time to get quiet by providing clarity of mind, giving us more energy and supporting brain health. Just think about it- those days that you get a good night’s rest, get in your workout and eat well, you feel like you can conquer the world! That’s no coincidence!

Our happiness depends on the habit of mind we cultivate. So practice happy thinking every day. Cultivate the merry heart, develop the happiness habit, and life will become a continual feast.- Norman Vincent Peale

Here are some positive affirmations for you to start with:

I am worthy.

I am enough.

I love myself just the way I am. I am love.

I am grateful for my health. Wellness is the natural state of my body.

I have more than enough energy to do all the things I want to do.

I am well rested.

I am creative.

I have the power to create change.

Life supports me in every possible way.

I release all resentment and hurt. I forgive and am forgiven.

Try writing them down in a journal, or posting them on your bathroom mirror, on the fridge, or in the car. I AM are the two most powerful words. Remember that whatever follows these words is what you are CREATING!

So, you don’t need to wait for spring to begin planting seeds. Start today by planting some positive thoughts in your mind, and watch your garden flourish!

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