So there was a time when I decided to run a marathon. Affirmations gave to me the thoughts, emotions, and beliefs I needed to push beyond a knee injury and still cross the finish line.
It all happened in 2013. I trained all year in preparation for the Twin Cities Marathon, which occurs in October. Everything was going great until I ran the furthest of all my training runs. I ran 17 miles, then boom! That was it. My IT band gave out on me. I had intense pain upon every subsequent training run. Not even 3 miles into a run, and I had to stop because of the shooting pain into my knee. The pain was so bad that I had to stop training completely. You can imagine my thinking—how was I going to be able to accomplish a 26.2 mile marathon?
Mind you, this was all before reiki entered into my life. I knew my body needed rest and I knew I couldn’t force myself past my physical resistance.
But there was something else…
Running a marathon is a pretty big deal, right? In fact, most people do not run marathons. It takes a lot of training (six months worth), but the hardest work required to complete a marathon is mental. It takes a lot of mental effort to decide to run a marathon, a lot of mental effort to want to run a marathon, and a lot of mental effort to believe you can run a marathon.
That’s where I was. I wanted the action and results of a marathon, and though I decided to run when I registered for the Twin Cities Marathon, I had not checked into my emotions or beliefs. And when I got to the 17-mile mark, my body decided enough was enough and sent a signal of protest to my IT band.
Pause here… let’s think about this for a moment. When you have a big idea, a big change, or a big intention, have you ever checked in with yourself to ensure your legs are strong enough to hold up and carry you forward? Are your emotions and beliefs grounded in a way so that energy flows through your entire body?
Consider your symbolic marathons…
I realized that though I was training correctly, I had never taken the time to encourage myself or even become aware of my limiting emotions and beliefs.
So here’s what I did: I opened my journal and wrote down every running affirmation that came to mind. Affirmations like:
“I run 26.2 miles with ease.”
“All of the organs within my body cheer me on when I run.”
“I make running look sexy.”
By the time I finished writing, I had enough affirmations written that I decided to say them out loud while recording them into a nifty app on my phone. Then every morning and every night, I listened to those affirmations.
When the marathon was a week away, I decided to give running a try after taking a 3-week break. I started easy with 3 miles, and the next day I tried 6 miles. Guess what?
I had no more knee pain. 3 weeks of rest and affirmations seemed to have worked.
Waiting in my assigned starting corral on the morning of the race, I felt so completely energized by the crowd of runners who all had the same “finish this marathon” intention. I plugged my earbuds into my phone and listened to my affirmations one last time. This time, I focused on sending them out to every runner in the race.
With each affirmation, I felt peace and safety wash over me, and I knew I would cross the finish line.
Why do affirmations work?
Manifesting your intentions and what you want begins with your mindset.
All actions and results depend on your thoughts, emotions, and beliefs.
Once I realized that the desire to accomplish finishing a marathon requires a mindset shift, I also realized that I need to charge my thoughts, emotions, and beliefs with positive personal power.
“So, how do I create powerful affirmations?”
- Because you attract what you place your focus on, begin by focusing on what you want.
- Be clear with details and concise language. Clarity adds light to the full potential of your desires.
- Use “I” statements, strong action verbs, and write affirmations grounded in the present moment.
- While it’s true that affirmations replace negative thoughts with positive ones, it’s essential to know that the negative thoughts are untrue. Replacing negative thoughts with positive affirmations does benefit with statements that you believe are true. For example, in my running affirmations, it would have been positive albeit impossible for my energy system to believe if I had written, “I run marathons in 2 hours and 30 minutes.” Be positive and realistic with your affirmations.
“What do I do with affirmations?”
- Read them daily.
- Meditate with one affirmation at a time.
- Record them and listen to them on your phone app.
- Post them everywhere and in highly visible locations.
Creating affirmations can be hard work.
I get it. I get busy too. Though you want an affirmation, you don’t always have time to create them.
That’s why I’ve created 7 affirmations for you to begin using right now. I hope these affirmations will be of value to you.
- I ground myself in love and grace.
- I love myself more than I could possible fear anything.
- Sunlight pours down life-giving energy into my personal power. My source of personal power is pure, divine light.
- I gently and unconditionally love myself.
- I surrender my will to my divine purpose and truth.
- I unconditionally trust my intuition.
- In every moment of everyday, grace fills my spirit.
Perhaps none of these affirmations resonate with you, or maybe you’re challenged by creating and believing in affirmations for your self care? One thing I love to give after Reiki sessions with clients are individualized affirmations that I feel may be beneficial.