An affirmation is a motivational phrase used to bring about a positive change. For some people repeating one specific uplifting phrase is vitally important to their spiritual lives. It’s like doing japa (repetition of a mantra).

One Christian saint had a running dialogue with God; it was his spiritual practice to talk with God all the time.

For other people, repeating different phrases helps them face the various challenges in life.

You can use a phrase that you write on your own, or you can find one that you find inspiring and relevant to you.

One good book of affirmations is Affirmations for Self-Healing by Swami Kriyananda. It also gives a more thorough explanation of what affirmations are and how to use them.

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To Overcome Anger, Use Affirmations

Nayaswami Hriman

Question from Helaine: How can I meditate and overcome my own injustice? If I want something and I don’t get it immediately, I tend to behave like a child, indignant and aggressive. Me being upset or even angry turns my husband into an aggressive mood and, the more we speak, the more he becomes stubborn. I hate to see him like this and…

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How to stop lying — a spiritual approach

Mary Kretzmann

Question from N: Hello I have recently met a man who is wonderful, isn’t particularly spiritual but supports me in my path and is supportive and helpful and very loving. I realized recently that I have a problem with lying, I do it even without knowing when or why and for little things — how do I rid myself of this so as…

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Healing High Blood Pressure

Mary Kretzmann

Question from Sharmila Chakravarty: Jai Guru, My brother is suffering from extremely high blood pressure and is not responding to the medicines prescribed by the doctor for the past few months. I suggested him some healing affirmations, but his will power has gone extremely down and is very depressed due to his anxiety caused by his increased heart rate. In what way can I…

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Which Form to Worship God?

Nayaswami Sahaja

Question from Brock: Why is it that figuring out which form to worship God in is becoming such a sticking point? What’s the best way to get around this

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How to Find Opportunity in Obstacles!

Nayaswami Anandi

Question from Kay: Yogananda said: “There are no obstacles, only opportunities.” Albert Einstein also said “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” What exactly do these quotes mean? All I see are obstacles ahead of everything I’d like to do. There seems to be no smooth sailing. With obstacles set in front of us, do they mean that we will learn more through…

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How to Practice Affirmations

Nayaswami Seva

Question from Jala: Can you please guide me on how to practice affirmations? Including, for how many times do we need to repeat them in a day. Also I would like to know if we can repeat two to three different affirmations in a day. In what way the affirmations influence our subconscious mind and how can we manifest our desires? Thank You