Friends, good morning and welcome to Day 8 of the #30DayMentalChallenge. As always, you can join anytime—link in bio. I was asked yesterday about my favorite affirmation or meditation. These things are very individualized and I don’t have a single favorite... 1/9
2/9 But I want to say something about the uses of affirmations. First, I don’t think it matters whether you structure an affirmation in present or future tense—don’t concern yourself with structure so long as the statement is emotionally persuasive to you. There’s no wrong way...
3/9 Then there is the question of use. I follow the method prescribed by French mind theorist Emile Coué, author of the famous (and often lampooned) mantra, “Day by day in every day I am getting better and better.” Coué was shrewder and more foresightful than is often...
4/9 appreciated. He prescribed using his or any mantra in the moments before drifting to sleep at night and waking in the morning. This finds you in a state of deep relaxation and hence more open to suggestion. Sleep researchers call this state hypnagogia. I write about it...
5/9 in my article “The Man Who Helped the Beatles Admit It’s Getting Better” @medium. I use this naturally hypnotic period twice daily to gently recite mantras, affirmations, or prayers. And that brings us to a third and final point. There are times when we wish to recite...
6/9 a self-affirming mediation and we just do not feel it. Does recitation then become a self-deceiving joke? No. Even when you don’t feel it, recite your affirmation. Recite it as much as possible whenever you wish. There is an act of moral resolve in stating an ideal...
7/9 It is never wrong. And, over time, the very act of repetition may even serve to recondition your psyche, however subtly. An affirmation is not a denial of reality—nothing in these 30 days prescribes looking away from hard truths, social or personal—it is the statement of...
8/9 an ideal. “I am captain of my soul.” (Invictus) We live in a cynical age. One side of the culture thinks of affirmations as woo-woo silliness. Another side embraces heroic statements and behaves with gutter values. F them both...
9/9 We are unafraid of being out of step. Assert the song of the self. Wishing you all good things, -M- #PMA 🧷✊⚡️

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