Humans think anywhere from 15,000 to 50,000 thoughts per day, scientists estimate.

Any of these sound familiar?:

It needs to be perfect
I don’t know how
I’m right/I’m wrong
I am not enough
I don’t have a choice/I have to/I must
I am in control
I’m not ready
It’s too hard
I will look foolish
It’s too late
I haven’t paid my dues yet
The thoughts I think are undeniably true. I should believe them forever and ever. Amen.

Over the past 42 days as I’ve taken on a practice of daily affirmations. To make it fun, I put words to improvised melodies, creating simple chants that I can easily recite throughout the day.

I have noticed that many of my 50,000 thoughts are just plain junk (see above list for examples). I don’t need to get sucked in to believing, debating, and avoiding them. Instead I’m noticing them, doing my best not to take them too seriously, and focus on thoughts that make me feel good.

For example:

I love my home.

I love my neighborhood.

I love and accept myself.

I love the people in my life.

My relationships are satisfying.

I love the work I do in the world. I love my income.

I love the way my body looks and feels.

I am having so much fun and enjoying the ride.

I am powerful.

I am loved.

I am appreciated.

I am seen and heard.

I belong.

My life is valuable. I matter.

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Text by Beandrea Terese and made available under Creative Commons Licensing. Copyright 2010.

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