What are walking affirmations and why are they so amazing? Let me answer that question with a true story. It all began on a cold winter day and my car ran out of gas. I had lent my car to a friend the previous day and although she told me that she would fill up my tank, my friend forgot. I was on my way to a meeting and in a hurried state of being, didn’t even think to look at the gas gauge.
I had quite a while to walk in below-freezing weather in order to get gas to add to my depleted tank. I hadn’t dressed properly for the weather. I wasn’t wearing gloves or a hat. I also had nothing to put gas into. Did I mention that I also forgot to bring my cell phone that day? This was as bad as it gets.
I was feeling pretty distraught and started blaming myself, my friend, the weather, even my entire life for screwing up my day like this. I had quite a trek to take to the gas station so I had lots of time on my hands and my brain was certainly fixated on how bad this situation was.
At that time, I did affirmations regularly and began to pay attention to how I was talking to myself. I noticed that I was spending this time walking berating my spaciness, absentmindedness, lack of awareness, my friend’s forgetfulness. I was also sad that I left the only thing I remembered to bring with me to the meeting back in the car: a bag of homemade chocolate chip cookies.
I decided that because I had some time on my
hands, I should use my brain space for some positive affirmations. Why not? Why
not affirm something good about myself and make better use of the time I now
had available without distraction (outside of the bitter cold biting into my
In this instance, an affirmation is a positive statement that you make about yourself in the present tense and repeat for a set period of time or throughout the day. This type of self-talk is thought to re-program your subconscious mind toward an excellent outcome. Let me give you an example.
If you have trouble misplacing your keys, a positive affirmation that may help could be, “I am aware and organized when I put away my keys.’ Notice I didn’t say, “I never lose my keys.” That is because the word never is a negative statement and your subconscious mind will pick up on that.
Whenever you repeat a statement over and over to yourself, your brain makes new connections and integrates that information into tangible results.
Back in the freezing cold, I decided that a good affirmation I could make right then was, “The perfect solution will present itself.” I trudged through the biting wind and bitter cold quietly speaking this simple statement. With each breath I repeated the statement.
Before long I had a spring in my step and felt more confident. Without even thinking about it, my mind began to visualize me driving away. By the time I made it to a gas station my heart was steady and my mind at ease that somehow I would be able to get some gas back to my car.
I entered the gas station and went immediately to the counter and told them my tale of woe. The gas station attendant said that he did not have a receptacle to fill with gas. I wasn’t worried. I went out into the parking lot, still feeling confident. Right next to the gas pumps, there was an empty 1 gallon plastic milk container, slightly smushed.
I inspected it for holes, (it was fine) un-smushed
it, and began filling the container when an elderly couple pulled into the
station. As I was just finishing closing the container, the couple approached
me and asked me if everything was okay. I explained that my car had run out of
gas about 2 miles down the road and that I was on my way there right now to get
things taken care of.
The sweet couple offered to drive me and I felt that these were good people so I agreed. In one minute I was back at my car depositing 1 gallon of gas into the tank. The couple made sure that my car started properly and was able to drive before they pulled away with the bag of cookies I had planned on taking with me to the meeting.
I usually do walking affirmations when I take hikes. Before the hike, I set my intention. For instance, if I have a goal I want to achieve or a bad habit I want to break, I compose my positive statement beforehand and focus on it throughout the duration of the hike. Here are some examples of walking affirmations I have used:
· My body is healthy and my mind is wise.
· I choose to forgive and forget every grievance and despair.
· My mind is laser focused and I am organized and confident.
· My heart is set upon giving and receiving love.
· I am excited about my future and all of the opportunities I am about to receive.
· I always make wise decisions.
(Click Here for an excellent site that offers some wonderful examples of affirmations.)
While I am hiking, I become aware of my breathing and state my affirmation with each breath. During the hike, I can tell when the affirmation starts to become integrated into my subconscious mind because I start to visualize positive outcomes happening in my life. A feeling of joy sometimes begins to overtake me.
When you couple body movements with a mental exercise, the information is able to enter multiple parts of your brain. When you use these muscles later, the thoughts come back. This is muscle memory. It’s like re-programming a computer only it is your own mind.
I almost forgot to tell you the end of my story… I was able to drive back to the gas station and fill my car with gas. I drove to the meeting sans cookies and discovered that not only was I not the only person who was late, but was greeted with a cup of hot chocolate and a plate of freshly made cookies. Life has a way of coming full circle.
The next time you take a hike, try incorporating
a walking affirmation into your journey. Who knows? You may just change your
life for the better!
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