Affirmations are statements which we repeat very often to impress our mind,bothconscious and subconscious mind ,with positive thoughts and images.Since negative andsilly thoughts often surface in our minds,frequent affirmations are neededto implant postive thoughts.Affirmations and positive images are essential to step out of one's thoughts of negativity,failure mentality and above all mental depression.Mental depression is a deadly disease today,especailly among the young.Weknow how mental depression can lead to several ailments and may lead to suicidestoo.In the western world, depression due to stressful life-style had led many to seekdrugs and other mood-elevating supplements which have been big sellers.The mostcommon ones are prozac and similar prescription drugs and natural supplements like StJohn's Wort, which is claimed to be as effective as the chemical drugs.Very rarely theeffect of affirmations is mentioned in several of the articles I have read.The repeated affirmations,especially in the morning when one wakes up and faces theday,and when one retires to bed can be efffective ,though vey few 'clinical studies' mighthave been made.Several authors and ministers of churches have popularisedaffirmations.The early one was Rev .Norman Vincent Peale in New York, with his classicbook "The Power of Positive Thinking". In more recent times,Louise Hay has beenteaching affirmations and is responsible for new methods in her books. You can readsome of her books for learning and inspiration. I have been inspired by an earlierauthor who helped millions of people with the book "Game of Life and How to play it?"and other books "Word is your wand" and so on--the author is Florence ScovelShinn. Read her books if you have not done so...though her books are grounded inChristian Faith.Eric Butterworth wrote about " Spiritual Economics"--- read his booktoo.There are many others in the new age-new thought movements...sorry I am not ableto list all of them here.The power of words we use is immense.In the present world of media-centred lives,wehear lot of negative words, gloomy words, words that --'spell disaster',words of crisis,catastrophe and melt down.Bombarded with these negative words --in newsbroadcasts,news analysis,market wraps -- our minds are corrupted, not able to think of positive, life giving thoughts..except a few programs such as those in PBS.The greatest gift man has is his body and mind---how complex they are.Whether youbelieve in a maker of our human lives or simply in Nature or supernatural ,cosmic poweror entity, let us not fail to marvel...Every breath we have is indeed a gift ,to be used inpositive ways.We may not be able to solve all the world's problems,problems of of humanity [war,starvation,famines and so on] but he can do something positive in ourneighbourhood or in a localised wa and also, we can always think of peace,harmony forthe entire world..."thinking does not cost money"--as my mother who had studied onlyupto third grade but a woman of Wisdom --used to tell me.The affirmations are always there to help us to think positive and holy thoughts.Hereare just a few of positive affirmations I use.You can choose these or similar ones.Repeatthem as often as you wish to:
" I am a child of God and I am protected by Him"
I get positive thoughts and make positive actions"
"I am grateful to God for all my breaths and for the wonderful life I haveby my God"" I give thanks to all animals,bird,insects and worms which keeps ecologygoing"" I give thanks to all brothers and sisters who work forthe welfare of theWorld"
" Iam grateful to my parents,my teachers,my preceptors [gurus] and my