“I AM” Affirmations
By Dr. Marilyn Powers and Steve Viglione
QUOTE OF THE MONTH:
One little girl read the book and said;
“You mean I am important? The other kids make fun of me because I am poor. But now I can show them my I AM! book and tell them that I matter too!”
AFFIRMATION OF THE MONTH:
An affirmation is a true statement, and the truth is that you are a loving intelligent caring being full of potential and worthy of love, respect and appreciation. Whatever we choose to say after the words “I am” affect our feelings, moods, and even how we see the world. When they’re positive, these beliefs support us in feeling more confident and capable at school, at home, wherever we are.
And I am made from Love,
Which also made the rainbow,
The flower, the sea, the Dove.
I Am Loving!
In each and every way.
In fact it’s what I tell myself,
At the start of each new day.
Some kids are lucky to have families that tell them how much they love them. Other kids might not have anyone to tell them how important and full of potential they are. If someone says or does something that makes us think they don’t care about us, that is the time when we need to know who we truly are. Then, we can begin to see that angry or mean people are simply people who have forgotten that they are made from love too.
When we say “I Am! And I am made from Love,” the words create a loving feeling to support us in who we are. Love is healing and makes us feel better about ourselves, others, and the world. The more we respect ourselves, the more we bring loving, respectful people into our lives. Affirmations help us see a choice to remember that we shape our view of the world. What we think determines how we feel about ourselves. When we know the truth about ourselves and act from love, we help others know their own truth. And just maybe we can change the world! It can start with each of us!
Affirmations help us even when we feel sad, angry, or afraid, as long as we acknowledge and validate our feelings first. One way to do this is to find someone who can listen to us, offer empathy, and reflect our feelings. In every moment we have the power to choose how we react and remember who we truly are.
Memorize affirmations so that you can recall them as needed throughout the day. Try saying affirmations as soon as you wake up in the morning. Say them to the first person you see when you wake up and to yourself in the mirror. When we say an affirmation while looking in the mirror it’s even more powerful because we see, hear, and feel the message all at once. And, remember: what we tell ourselves before we go to bed makes a difference in how well we sleep, what we dream about, and how we feel when we wake up. At the end of the day, think of three things you did that you are proud of and say an affirmation. For example, “I appreciate that I said an affirmation to myself instead of yelling back at the boy on the bus.” Sometimes it’s hard to do something new, but over time, affirmations can help us learn to flow with life instead of struggling against it.