How can we live more from our authentic self? Here are 6 affirmations that can help us to let go of false comparisons, and let in truth, trust, abundance, acceptance, gratitude, and worth.
- I trust myself and I am perfect just as I am.
If you begin to feel insecurity and self-doubt creeping into your practice, keep in mind that reliance and belief in yourself are foundational to a peaceful existence. Perfection is not about how the rest of the world sees us, it is about how we trust in ourselves.
- My life is abundant and full of joy.
Gratitude is the root of happiness. When we can learn to focus on the positive in our lives – a warm bed, food on the table, loving family and friends – fretting over how our poses might look next to others is insignificant.
- I accept that I always do my best.
If we parallel our best to someone else’s we will never be fulfilled. It is only when we look at ourselves with kindness and compassion that can we leave the fear of rejection and failure behind.
- I am grateful for my body and how it serves me.
If you woke up today, you are triumphant. When we think of those who may be struggling with health concerns and other life-changing challenges, and even if we are walking those paths ourselves, we can find ways to be thankful that the body we were given has granted us another day.
- I recognize my wins today, no matter how great or small.
We often internalize the criticism of others whose perspective on our journey is skewed at best. Someone else’s commentary on our abilities and goals is immaterial to what we know to be our true selves.
- I am worthy of love and compassion.
Remember that you are in control of your thoughts and have the ability to love yourself unconditionally. We live much of our lives inside our own heads, and these thoughts can be overwhelmingly negative. We must remain vigilant and mindful to cultivate unconditional self-love.
It’s human nature to look outside of ourselves for confirmation for our worth, but authentic joy comes from within and the unique perspective we hold of our place in the world. The comparison holds no real value or fulfillment to who we truly are, and when we try to parallel our journey to another’s we are destined for unhappiness. The Bhagavad Gita states, “Yoga is the journey of the self. Through the self. To the self.” Everything we already need is within us. When we understand that we are truly practicing Yoga.