Dr. Wayne Dyer is such an awesome guy. Last year, PBS aired his “Wishes Fulfilled” lecture. Many of you may have seen this or have read his books, but I just wanted to share my favorite moment from his lecture… his “I AM” statements.
Dr. Wayne tells us that sleep is the time that our minds marinate – and the last thoughts that pass through our minds on the the way to la-la land are the thoughts that we brew for the next 8 hours or so. He urges us to keep those thoughts positive and affirming, so we soak in love while our minds take a break from the rat race. He says we should fill the last five minutes of wakefulness with “I AM” statements.
I mentioned how I use these statements with my kids a few days ago on BUBs, but I also use them on myself.
I use these affirmations specifically at times when I feel unfocused or when I’m feeling unlovable and undeserving of goodness. During that quiet time in bed when sometimes it feels like every problem I’ve ever had decides to surface and inflate, I remind myself, “I am loving. I am loved. I am light. I am worthy. I am good,” with confidence that the next day will bring new perspective.
And, of course, these affirmations work so beautifully with children, especially those who could use a little gentle reprogramming. Most nights, as I tuck my kiddos into bed I send them to dreamland with a long list of “I AM” statements; it’s never too early to start practicing good habits. Repeating after me, they affirm, “I am loving. I am loved. I am healthy. I am well. I am kind. I am compassionate. I am happy. I am good.” As I crept out the bedroom door one night, my oldest piped out, “Mommy, I feel weird.” I looked at her and laughed and said, “I am normal.” Turning on the night light and heading downstairs, I could hear her repeating, “I am normal. I am normal. I am normal…” LOL.
From mine to yours,
(Adapted from my blog Everything Old is New Age Again posted 3.26.2012)