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Day 128

Affirmation:

I am grateful for limitless possibilities.

I am grateful for opportunities to have all that is positive in my life.

I am blessed with a beautifully abundant and balanced life.

I have wealth and I am grateful.

I have a fulfilling purpose and I am grateful.

I have inner peace and I am grateful.

I have healthy relationships and I am grateful.

I have a healthy body and I am grateful.

I have a soul satisfying spiritual life and I am grateful.

I enjoy life’s pleasures and I am grateful.


Financial wealth, fulfilling purpose/work, inner peace, healthy relationships, physical health, connection to self and spirit, and time for fun and relaxation… These are seven fundamental components of an abundant and balanced life.   If asked, many people would likely say that at least one of these areas in their lives has been sacrificed for another.  Perhaps work that creates wealth has caused relationships to be shortchanged.  Or maybe a deeply spiritual life has been created at the expense of wealth.

So why do we give up one thing in order to have another?  Why don’t we strive to have it all?  Sadly, many of us – usually unconsciously – do not believe we’re worthy of “having it all” and without the belief in our worthiness we never will.  A good many more do not consciously believe it’s possible.  It’s an all too common misconception that only through sacrifice can we achieve our goals.  Of course if that were true no one would “have it all” and many do.  Remember, if but ONE PERSON can achieve something, then so can anyone, even you and I.  Still others feel selfish or self-centered just thinking about wanting to “have it all.”  Those are limiting beliefs planted in us by others and they need to be uprooted. No one needs to settle for three out of seven when seven of seven is possible,  and everyone has the same potential for that perfect seven.

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Day 126

Affirmation:

I cannot save the world.

I cannot save anyone.

I can love.  I can support.  I can empower.  But it is not my responsibility to save.


Caring and compassionate persons are often plagued with feelings of guilt, self-blame and self-loathing because they cannot save others from their pain or their own demise.   We should be offering our love and support, but with the firm awareness that it is not our responsibility to save anyone.   When we make another’s success or thriving our responsibility, we  weaken them.   Taking responsibility for others that is not ours to take, not only disempowers them, but it falsely and egoically, empowers us.   In other words, to do so is unhealthy for everyone.   What our loving, heart-centered selves can do is give others tools, knowledge and wisdom.  We can give them support and consolation.  We can give them love, as much as they will allow us to give.   We must always strive to empower others in their own choices and by affirming their responsibility for themselves.  It is so very hard not to want to save every suffering soul, but we only disempower them when we make it our responsibility to do so.

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Day 122

Affirmation:

I move through the world with fluidity and flow.

I use my power to softly carve a path through my experiences.

I recognize the value of soft power.


Some of the greatest and most powerful forces of nature achieve their potential purposefully but are themselves soft forces.  Water, fire and air are each soft, pliable, unfixed, fluid and flowing, yet each is capable of creating great change.  Water can shape granite, fire can transform oak into ash, and air can turn farmland to wasteland.   Using our power softly is one of the most efficient and effective uses of human potential as well.

By asserting our will, desire and determination with soft power, we avoid the wasted energy of forcefulness.  Force nearly always meets with resistance, while soft power generates a yielding response.  We are using our power softly when we ask instead of demanding, when we coordinate instead of subordinating and when we whisper encouragement instead of shouting expectations.

There was once a woman who was picking low fruit from a large tree.  A ripe and ready, unblemished piece of fruit clung to a branch just beyond her grasp.  She stretched and strained to take the prized fruit, but to no avail.  She jumped and tried to grab.  She missed.  She jumped again, and again, and again, trying each time to jump higher.  She was only able to touch her fingertips to the splendor.  The woman was becoming tired from exerting so much energy and was no closer to taking the fruit from the tree.  Suddenly she noticed the breeze that had been blowing all morning.  She exhaled deeply, let her shoulders drop and reached up without strain.  She waited patiently.  Then, like magic, it happened.  Her waiting hand took the fruit the tree was generously giving her as it was bent gently downward by the breeze.

When trying to take the fruit, the woman was employing hard power, which had proved unproductive and tiring, but as soon as she employed soft power, the tree yielded the fruit to her.  Life is like the tree – we can either approach it using our power forcefully or we can work with it, using our power softly, efficiently and effectively.

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Day 118

Affirmation:

I am a light in the world.

I am a beacon for someone.

I presence in life is infinitely important.

I do not exist so that I can matter, I matter because I exist.


None of us ever truly know the impact we make on the world and others while we’re in it.   We may feel like bit players in a big production, someone whose part could be filled by just about anyone.  We’re wrong.  We may feel like we’ve never made a difference in the world.  We have.  Often we don’t know how far our light has shone or whose path we’ve illuminated.  We tend to need to see the product of our efforts before we will believe we’ve created a result.    And most of the time we never know who we’ve helped.  Most of the time, we don’t know how important we are in the world.

You have no way of knowing that the fight you broke up on the playground kept one little kid from turning into a bully.   You don’t realize that the girl you talked to at the doctor’s office left her abusive boyfriend because of something you said.  You’ll never see that the old man you helped yesterday has a new lease on life today because he again believes that people are good.  You don’t know how the dominoes of your good deeds and kind acts have fallen.  What matters is that each of us believe that we make a difference just by being here, that – in more small ways than big –  we matter.  That we are – each and every one of us – a light in the world for someone to travel by.

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365 Days of Inspiration –  Daily Affirmations and Insights for Living a Joyful Life of Empowered Consciousness

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Day 117

Affirmation:

My spiritual path is my own and of my own choosing.

Wherever I am is where I am meant to be.

I am open to changing directions if it will bring me closer to my authentic nature.


The journey of inner spiritual growth is a distinctly personal one.  There is no one right way.  What works for one may not work for another.  Even individually, a path that has been helpful for a time may start to feel constrictive and ill-fitting, and need to be abandoned.  Just as we outgrow clothes and need new ones, sometimes we must seek a new path, one that allows for continued expansion.  Many of us are seekers whose spiritual weight goes up and down like a yo-yo requiring frequent navigational shifts.  While some have a certain discipline and fidelity that allows them to stay with the same practice for their entire lives, many of us are of the clothes-changing type.  Both can be equally beneficial and it is crucial to honor one’s uniquely individual needs and allow oneself the freedom to change course if change is beneficial.

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Day 116

Affirmation:

Everyone I meet is my teacher.


We have something to learn from every person around us, friend and stranger alike.  Sometimes the lesson is obvious, sometimes we have to look for it, but one is always there.   A rude person can teach us courtesy; a slow person, patience.  An abusive person can teach us self-love.  A generous person may teach us charity; a compassionate person, tolerance.  A loved one can teach us impermanence.  An enemy can teach us to forgive.  The Universe is a benevolent creation, always conspiring to help us learn, grow, expand and become truer to our authentic natures.  Placing teachers in our paths insures opportunities to achieve that potential.

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Day 114

Affirmation:

I bless this day.

I bless myself and my life.

I bless those I know and their lives.

I bless those I have never met and their lives.

I bless those who suffer and are in pain.

I bless the planet and all upon her.


Anyone can offer blessings.  To bless someone is to consecrate and invoke divine care for them.  Think of it as wrapping them in a warm, safe, spiritual blanket.  The gift of blessing is one of the simplest gifts we can offer another or ourselves.  When we sincerely bless we offer healing, loving energy that is in alignment with the Divine.  Today is a good day to create a habit of blessing those we come in contact with, think of, and observe.  When we see children waiting for the bus we can bless them with joy and learning.  When we pass construction workers in the median we can bless them with safety.  When  our thoughts turn to someone in pain we can bless them with healing.  The energy of blessing is beneficial not just for humans but for the planet and all living things.  When we sincerely bless ourselves we create an energetic shift that opens our hearts and allows healing, well-being, and self-love.   In fact we cannot bless others with sincere positive loving thoughts without uplifting ourselves.

Louis Weldon Hawkins – A Prayer to God

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Day 106

Affirmation:

I am still.

I am present.

I am free of internal clutter.

I am still.

I am present.

I am free of internal congestion.

I am still.

I am present.

I am free.


As important as having simplicity in our personal spaces can be, transformative even, having it within ourselves is crucial. Simplifying one’s inner world is about finding stillness in the mind by eliminating the mental clutter, the extraneous thoughts that fill our waking lives with incessant chatter.  Meditation and yoga are helpful, losing oneself in a meditative act like painting or listening to music can also help quiet the mind.  Simplifying the inner world means pausing to be physically and mentally present in the moment.  It means physically leaving one location (like work) and taking our whole self (thoughts included) with us, not being mentally other than where our body is.  It means not living in yesterday nor worrying about tomorrow.  It means refusing to engage in the drama of others’ lives or allowing it to be part of ours. That may mean not tuning in to the news every day. It might mean choosing to watch television shows that promote well-being and inner peace instead of those that promote tension and discord. Simplifying the inner world means letting go of emotions and beliefs that don’t serve one’s life and well-being.  It means opening the closet of the heart and getting rid of what no longer fits, what never belonged to us in the first place, and what was given to us that we don’t want.  Simplifying internally means getting back to the basics of who we are and what we’re about.  It’s about finding that place within where love and hope and faith and happiness and peace have permanent residence.  It means embracing our feelings without judging ourselves for having them.  It means letting joy be joy and sorrow be sorrow.  Simplifying the inner world is about creating a quieter mind, an engaged sense of being, and a peaceful heart.

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Day 81

Affirmation:

I am part of a whole.

I am connected to all that is.

I  am proud to be entrusted with the care of this planet and all upon it.

I give of myself to the cause of something other than myself.

I strive daily to be of service in some way.


We could easily go about our days and weeks caring little for anything outside our private worlds and our own needs but we are part of a greater whole, a collective, that has been entrusted not only with the responsibility of caring for each other but also the planet.  We fulfill our sacred obligation when we engage in acts of service.  Our contributing might be thru monetary offerings,  the donation of goods, or volunteerism.   We can also be of service in less obvious ways, such as random acts of kindness, spontaneous gestures of help or support,  or by giving the gift of a few moments of our time.  We can forward emails that support good causes or even initiate one.  Small actions can make big differences, like picking up litter when on a walk.  And if we feel there is nothing else we can do, we can take a few minutes to offer prayer and loving thoughts to those in need.  We need to take care not to get so involved in our own striving and surviving that we forget we have a purpose greater than ourselves.

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Day 79

Affirmation:

I accept change as part of my ongoing evolution.

I welcome rebirth in my life without resistance.

I celebrate spring as an opportunity for renewal within myself and my life.


While our seasons of rebirth may not always coincide with the rest of nature we can allow the newly reactivated Life Force energy around us in Spring to facilitate growth in our lives. We can use this season to break forth from any resistance we might feel and allow life to transform us into whatever beautiful, amazing, spectacular creations we are meant to become.  Spring is a chance for each of us to remember that we are also the Life Force animated, that we too have within us all potential, and to ask ourselves some really invaluable questions.

  • Am I resisting a natural renewal and rebirth in any part of my life?
  • Am I struggling against change that I cannot avoid?
  • Am I allowing myself to be a part of the natural cycles of change?
  • What are the opportunities for growth that are disguised as challenges?
  • Are there any ideas I’d like to consider birthing into my life?
  • Would I like to engage in any new activities, hobbies, or courses of study?
  • Are there changes in any areas of my life that I’ve wanted to make and haven’t?

Spring isn’t just for the birds and bees, it’s also for our souls and spirits.  If allowed, it can awaken, resurrect, and remind us that we are intended to live in seasons of change, ever-growing toward our highest and most beautiful potential.

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Day 75

Affirmation:

I do not make hasty or snap decisions.

I understand and embrace the power of time.

I allow important decisions to marinate in my soul before finalizing them.


It is rarely in our best interest to make an important decision or answer a life changing question the moment it’s presented.  In that moment we may be too emotionally engaged or in an overly analytical state.  Our best decisions are made when our emotions, our minds and our inner being are in alignment, not when one part of us is dominating the decision-making process.  To insure that we make the best decision it’s helpful to let the situation sit quietly in our beings for a time, without ruminating.  Better still, we can take the matter to bed with us and sleep on it.  During the sleep state, higher consciousness is active and able to prepare the mind to make the right decision on waking.  When we give our important concerns over to higher consciousness while we sleep,  we usually wake with renewed clarity on the matter and very often we’ll find we wake up “just knowing” what to do or how to proceed.

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Day 65

Affirmation:

I am living my Purpose daily.

I exist because I exist.

My life’s meaning is my life.


A search for the meaning and purpose of one’s own life can never be found; it can only be lived. That is because there is nothing to find, it is already right here, right now.  The answer to, “Why am I here?” is found in the question.  We are here because we are here.  What we are meant to do with ourselves is whatever we are doing.

Our purpose is to live, to experience this ever-changing, bewildering, amusing journey called existence.  And to what end?  To one day cease living this physical experience and transition into non-physical life.  And what to do in between, while living the experience?  Just what we are doing now– learning, growing, falling, rising… laughing, crying, surrendering, retreating… making dinners, checking homework, paying bills, calling friends… holding hands, making love, creating new life, saying goodbye to old life… buying, selling, earning, losing… experiencing, evolving, questioning, serving, sharing, and wondering things like, “Why am I here?”

Every minute we exist we are defining our Purpose by whatever our actions are in that space of time.  In this moment my purpose is to write and share thought, in the next it will be to bring forth life in the garden, and after that it will be to send a FAX to the State of California.   Purpose and meaning are not fixed, they are fluid.  And we exist so as to exist- creating, expressing, experiencing our lives into whatever story we wish to tell.  Perhaps the better question to ask is, “What story do I want my life to tell?”

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Day 53

Affirmation:

I am stronger than I appear to be.

I am stronger than I think I am.

I am not yet as strong as I will be.


We may be physically small, weak, or feel challenged by our body, age, or intellect, but no matter what the perceived limitation, we are ALL stronger than we appear to be, and undeniably stronger than we think we are.   The strength I’m referring to  is inner strength, what we think of as courage, determination, fortitude, grace and integrity.   This inner strength has carried each of us through life’s storms.   It has given us the will to get out of bed when we all we want to do is hide under the covers.   Our strength allows us to stand up for others without a second thought.  It nudges us gently into relationships that are so good they scare us, and forcefully walks us away from those so bad they wound us.    Our inner strength allows us to face our fears, go for our goals, recover from pain, and express ourselves authentically.

Think of a time when you were sure you could not take another step in life,  a time when hope was nothing more than another 4-letter word.    Something propelled you out of the abyss.  What was it?  It wasn’t  the friend, book or doctor.  It was you.   Before anything external can help us move from misery to recovery, we must first reach the point of wanting better for ourselves and creating that space where better can be seeded.  And  it is inner strength that births that desire for better, allowing us to find or accept help.   Our strength never leaves us, no matter what happens to our bodies or our situations.  Not only is it a permanent part of our beings, it grows with each trial.   It reminds us that we’ve overcome before and will again.  It says, “If I could go through that, I can get through anything.”

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In case you missed one, here’s a recap of the first 50 days of affirmations for 2015 …

Day 1     Birthing OurSelves

Day 2     A Used Book or Gently Loved?

Day 3     Love Is Not Blind

Day 4     Infinite Potential

Day 5     Be Here Now

Day 6     Remembering What Matters

Day 7     An Unknown Path

Day 8     Lighten Up!

Day 9     We Already Are

Day 10    PB and J

Day 11    Remembering to Breathe

Day 12    Yielding to Life

Day 13    Just Jump

Day 14    Somewhere Out There

Day 15    Just BE

Day 16    All Miracles Are Created Equal

Day 17    I Am in Perfect Health

Day 18    The Dis-Abling Effects of Fear

Day 19    Creating Tomorrow Today

Day 20    Being Grateful

Day 21    Square Peg? No Problem.

Day 22    The Joyful Inner Child

Day 23    Sacred Journeys

Day 24    Trust the Feeling

Day 25    Half Full? Half Empty? Neither!

Day 26    Every Day a Lifetime

Day 27    Cultivating Self-Worth

Day 28    Go Fly A Kite

Day 29    From a Child’s Example

Day 30    Love Beyond Fear

Day 31    Flowing with Life

Day 32    Addicted to the Drama

Day 33    Help Another, Help Ourselves

Day 34    Shut Off the Inner Critic

Day 35    Finding Purpose in Everything

Day 36    The Presence of Spirit

Day 37    Sharing the Gift of Positive Thoughts

Day 38    Survive and Thrive

Day 39    Transforming Knowledge into Wisdom

Day 40    Valentine’s Week… Putting Love First

Day 41    Valentine’s Week…. Saying I Love You

Day 42    Valentine’s Week… Life on Fire

Day 43    Valentine’s Week… The Care and Feeding of Relationships

Day 44    Valentine’s Week… Creating Romance

Day 45    Valentine’s Day – It’s All About Love

Day 46    The Habit of Duality

Day 47    The Influence of a Good Teacher

Day 48    Rising Above for a Different Perspective

Day 49    Soul Revival

Day 50    A Chance To Start Over

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Day 39

Affirmation: 

My life is a learning experience and for that I am grateful.

I learn by action, interaction and observation.

I use what I learn to create a more fulfilling and healthier life for myself and others.

The knowledge I’ve gained from my experiences has made me wise and for that I am grateful.


We acquire wisdom when we take what we have learned (knowledge) and merge it with our actions, speech, and thoughts.  Knowledge gleaned then put on a shelf unused is knowledge wasted. It’s like having a beautiful glass in front of us but drinking through our fingers.   When what we’ve learned is applied an alchemical change takes place and the knowledge is transmuted into wisdom turning us into gold.

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Day 38

Affirmation:

I choose strength.

I choose courage.

I choose to get up and go on.

I choose to be stronger than I was yesterday.

I choose to do more than survive life, I choose to thrive.


The road is bumpy, the challenges are weighing down, the clock is ticking, hope is slipping away… This is how it can feel sometimes.  Life makes it easy to choose suffering.  Life gives us ample opportunities to feel loss, lack, heartache and pain.  It can feel like being thrown under a train.  But these trains don’t destroy, they reinvent.  They force the prone to summon up the courage to get off the tracks and move on.   It happens to everyone.  And when we do choose to get up  we are stronger than we were before.  We are bolder than we knew we could be.  We are more determined than ever.   Life, in spite of the tragic, tedium and troubling, is not a play in smallness; it’s a constant show of greatness.  It is a constant revival, a never-ending play upon itself which inspires us to our own greatness, strength, and potential.   The train, the road, the clock, the heartache, the loss, the pain…they have never destroyed us, they’ve reinvented and transformed us into beings of great courage, inner strength, and conviction.   They’ve turned us into way showers.  They’ve given us power, authentic power, the kind of power that comes from having overcome adversity, better and greater for it.  They’ve given us a chance to say,  “I did it.”  They’ve made us more than just survivors of life’s hardships, they’ve taught us how to thrive in spite of them.

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Day 36

Affirmation:

My life and my dreams are always supported.

I am never alone in my journey.

I see evidence of Divine support all around me.

I am abundantly grateful for every spiritual hug I am given.


The gifts of support and love that Spirit offer are everywhere and ever-present.  Nevertheless, the synchronicities, signs, aha’s and it-just-so-happened moments often go unnoticed or are dismissed. Whether we acknowledge them or not, there are infinite great works being done on our behalf.  This support is intended to help us stay on our evolutionary course, uplift our spirits, reaffirm truth, manifest our dreams and remind us that we are not alone. When awake to the messages and nudges we are given we become conscious travelers, able to see more clearly, and less likely to journey blindly.

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Day 35

Affirmation:

I live my purpose in every moment, in every activity, and in every facet of my life.


Purpose is often defined as a Higher Calling or spiritual reason for existing.  Many go in search of their purpose but it’s not something we can find.  Purpose finds us.  Our task is to recognize its presence.   It appears in the moment we comfort a friend.  It screams, “Here I am!” when we fall in love, adopt a pet, or plant a garden.   If each person has but one true purpose it would be to appreciate what they are doing every moment they are doing it.  Living in adoration of life and whatever it has us engaged in, that is the Highest Calling.

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Day 31

Affirmation:

I surrender all resistance and allow myself to be a natural part of the flow of life.


As a leaf upon the water… moving with the currents of the water and the wind, being connected to the flow but remaining above it.  There’s no need to paddle, anchor, fight the current, or resist the direction,  it’s much easier to move naturally along the path of least resistance. If we find ourselves stuck in a cove we can wait- knowing we’re there for a reason. If we bump into another leaf we can say hello- knowing our paths have crossed intentionally.  Without resistance we can flow through life with grace, faith and peace.

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Day 29

Affirmation:

I live with exuberance & passion, abundant appreciation, assertiveness, confidence and a GREAT IMAGINATION!


 

Meet Jessica,  heroine for the day.  She’s ‘written’ today’s affirmation because I couldn’t have said it half as well as she has…. (a transcript is below the video)

“Look I can be assert.  My whole house is great. I can do anything good. I like my school. I like anything. I like my dad. I like my cousins. I like my aunts. I like my Allisons. I like my moms. I like my sisters. … I like my hair. I like my haircuts. I like my pajamas. I like my stuff. I like my room. I like my whole house. My whole house is great. I can do anything good. Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. I can do anything good, better than anyone!” (She goes on in a second video)
“Better than Madison, or Chris, or Allison, or Vanessa, or dad, or mom, or anyone else, or my whole great imagination’s GREEEAAAATTTTT! my whole imagination’s great, I have my Christmas tree to put my things…..sorry if I got the names wrong YOU MADE MY DAY! no, MONTH, no LIFETIME!!!!”

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Day 28

Affirmation:

Today I will do something completely and utterly pointless… just because.


It’s so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day have-to’s, need-to’s, and must-do’s.  Using time efficiently, making every moment count, making sure everything has a purpose behind it- these are rationales that create our lives in this modern world.  Being productive and practical has its place, but so does giving ourselves permission to do something that has absolutely no obvious merit.  Admittedly, even the pointless has a point.  It frees us from regimental, well-defined and ultimately limiting thinking.  It creates a space – if only for a few minutes – where we can be spontaneous, curious, adventurous, creative and fully present in the here and now, fully alive and fully experiencing life. And if anyone asks why you did it,  smile and say “Just because.”

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