Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Do you use affirmations?

I was at a talk on positive thinking not long ago, and someone recommended Louise Hay's You Can Heal Your Life. This is a classic of self-help books and has been around for years. I found that not only is there a book, but there is now a movie and all kinds of other paraphernalia you can buy from Hay House. I downloaded the audiobook for my iPod and have been listening to it in the car or when I'm walking or puttering around the house.

The basic premise of this book is that the problems in our life like money issues, discord in relationships, weight issues, even clutter are all an expression of two basic beliefs. The first is that we are not good enough as we currently are. The second is that we don't deserve to be happy. These problems then become a way to explain why we feel unworthy. It might sound hokey, but it makes a lot of sense to me. I can see it in some of the things that I do.

This isn't quite like The Secret. Hay doesn't claim that you don't have to do any work to get the things you want. Instead, she says that you have to change your thought patterns before you will be willing to do the work that brings good things into your life at the same time that you are working to make changes.

I also downloaded and listened to Love Your Body, which is a bunch of affirmations specifically for body image that goes through every single body part. There are some weird ones in there -- loving your liver, or your colon, or your spleen -- but it was interesting to see how she tied people's feelings about body parts to various beliefs we might hold about ourselves. It's something to try if you're open-minded.

OK, I believe that it's time for "The Biggest Loser." Review tomorrow!


  1. How do you download audiobooks? Are they free? I'm interested in the positive thought thing.

  2. That sounds really interesting! I was also wondering if they were free.

    When I was really down on myself at one point in my life, I would repeat the mantra "Today's going to be a good day, you are worthy" while walking to work. It sort of helped. But getting out of that crappy situation helped the most!

  3. I downloaded both audiobooks from iTunes. One was about $10 and the other was about $7. There are probably places to get free affirmations, but I haven't looked into them. I have heard about the Hay books before and was specifically interested in those.


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