For most of my early adulthood, I turned up my nose at positive affirmations. They seemed silly and frivolous, like all the i’s should be dotted with little hearts. People who recited affirmations to themselves seemed naive. Later, I learned the reason I couldn’t look in a mirror and say “I am enough” wasn’t because I was too good for those ideas. It was because I didn’t believe them.

My judgment about affirmations was rooted in a deep well of negative self-talk that I had to work through before positive affirmations could resonate. I found my path toward self-acceptance and empowerment in the practice of releasing and affirming. Releases and affirmations operate on a simple principle: By acknowledging and releasing negative beliefs, you create space for positive affirmations to flourish.

By letting go of self-limiting beliefs, you create room for growth and transformation.

Beginning with Introspection

The process begins with introspection to confront the deep-seated insecurities and self-doubt that have shaped your self-image. The first step is releasing these negative beliefs with compassion and understanding. This requires honesty and vulnerability. By letting go of self-limiting beliefs, you create room for growth and transformation.

Crafting the Affirmation

The second step involves crafting positive affirmations that counteract the negativity you’ve released. These affirmations should be personalized and empowering, reflecting your inherent worth and potential. By affirming your strengths, values, and aspirations, you can shift your mindset toward one of self-love and acceptance.

Practicing releases and affirmations is not always easy. It requires patience and a willingness to confront discomfort. But with consistency and perseverance, it can gradually rewire your thought patterns.

Through my own journey, I have found immense value in practicing releases and affirmations. That’s why I created the Affirmation Generator, an interactive flip-book designed to support you in your journey toward self-compassion. With its pages of release statements and positive affirmations, the Affirmation Generator allows you to mix and match combinations that resonate with your unique experiences. With practice, you can transform your self-image and cultivate a mindset of positivity and possibility like never before.

About the Author

Kaitlin Osman has been the product development specialist at Unity World Headquarters since 2018. The practical spiritual tools she creates are on display at Osman was raised in Kansas City, Missouri. She studied art, design, and media at Richmond American University London and now lives in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, with her husband and two young children.


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