You’ve probably heard of both meditations and affirmations, though you may be uncertain of just what they are and how they work. They may even seem a bit too new age for you, but don’t underestimate their power just yet. These two practices are actually quite simple to add to your routine or even to use in a particularly stressful moment to gain perspective. Take a look below to learn about how to use gratitude meditations and affirmations to boost your spirit anytime.
How Can You Use Gratitude Meditations & Affirmations To Boost Your Spirit Anytime
We have come a long way in a short time during this 6 Day Gratitude challenge! If this is the first time you’re finding my blog, you should start over at the beginning and sign up for the challenge to get your free printable gratitude journal. You can also just check out the other posts in this series:
- How Can Gratitude Make A Difference In Your Life?
- Show Your Gratitude With Words
- How Can I Show More Gratitude?
- How To Find Gratitude For Something Each Day
But let’s get into using Gratitude Meditations & Affirmations, starting with what they are and then how to use them to benefit you.
What Are Meditations?
Meditation is really just a practice of taking some quiet time to be mindful and focus your attention on a particular thought or issue. In that way, prayer is a form of meditation! It’s a moment of silent reflection that focuses you on the here and now. Gratitude meditations involve focusing your thoughts on being grateful for the particulars of your life or situation, even the ones that may not seem so positive. Your gratitude journaling can be considered meditation, even. Any contemplative, purposeful time spent focused on being grateful can fall into this category.
What Does The Bible Say About Meditation?
In the Old Testament, you will find that there are two translations for meditation in Hebrew: hāgâ (Hebrew: הגה), translates to “to sigh or murmur,” and sîḥâ (Hebrew: שיחה), which translates to: to muse, or rehearse in one’s mind.
Joshua 1:8 says “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success”
What Are Affirmations?
Affirmations are short, concise and positive sentences that are meant to purposefully affect the ways in which we think and feel. These can be in both conscious and unconscious ways. What we think greatly influences how we feel and behave. Introducing these positive messages into your life on a regular basis can help you to internalize them and begin living accordingly. Gratitude affirmations focus specifically on being grateful and appreciative.
Examples of Affirmations for Moms
I love this list of Positive Affirmations for Moms that I found on EverydayThrifty.com. If you check out her post, she has some amazing graphics and free lock screens for your phone with affirmations on them! Here are my top 10 affirmations from her list that I loved the most:
- I trust my motherly instincts
- I will openly receive and look for the good in what comes my way today
- I can let go of that which does not uplift or support me
- I recognize that my life is full of abundance and happiness
- I can make time to do the things I love
- I won’t worry about tomorrow because tomorrow will take care of itself (Matthew 6:34)
- I am loved with an everlasting love (Psalm 103:17)
- I will turn every failure into a learning opportunity
- I am doing better than I think I am
- I will take care of myself and not feel guilty
Fun Project: Kindness Painted Rocks
Take your gratitude affirmations and turn them into fruity painted rocks like the ones I found on Sustain My Craft Habit! I love this craft so much because it’s simple enough that I can make it without a lot of extra time and effort. Do you have a painted rocks scavenger hunt in your area? We have a local group that hides painted rocks around town for others to find. This would be a great way to see your gratitude affirmations and then gift them to someone else to inspire gratitude for others!
How to Use Them
Both meditation and affirmation are easy to put into practice. They can be used almost any time and anywhere. When you think of meditation, a long, intensive ritual may come to mind. In actuality, you don’t need to spend a lot of time meditating in order to reap the benefits. Simply sitting quietly for a few minutes and contemplating on what you’re grateful for can help to center you and to provide new perspective, which often will lead to feeling better. If you want something more structure or have more time, you can look up guided gratitude meditations online or grab a meditation app to try.
When it comes to affirmations, a good practice might be to combine them with your gratitude journal. Write down positive messages that apply to your life and help to inspire or motivate you. Perhaps you want to keep them in a separate journal or store them online. Then you can pull out your collection of affirmations for a pick-me-up when you need one. Gratitude meditations and affirmations are simple tools that offer a big return. They take only a few minutes to practice, and you really don’t need any special equipment. Give them a try when you feel you could use an injection of gratitude in your life.
Where Can I Find Christian Guided Meditations Online?
I found a few inspiring Christian Guided Meditations for Gratitude on Youtube. I’ve linked to them below for you!