Meditation & Affirmations

  • I Am Not Interested
    Often times we use affirmations and mantras to affirm what we do want in our lives. When helping clients create them, one of my encouragements is to take out any negatives (no, don’t, not, won’t, can’t). But I have also witnessed the power what I will call rebuke decrees. I just made this name up,Continue reading “I Am Not Interested”
  • Affirmation of Trust
    Written by Leslie Stevens, M.Ed., LCMHC 1/5/2021 Our brains are hardwired for survival.  That’s why it’s easier for our minds to come up with more negative thoughts than positive thoughts on any given day.  Sometimes without a direction to align our thoughts, they seem to go haywire into a spiral of “what ifs” and personalContinue reading “Affirmation of Trust”
  • Visualization
    Visualization is a powerful practice that can be used in meditation. Visualization is seeing a picture in your mind’s eye and focusing on it. Like retraining your thinking and your self-talk, intentional visualization helps you rebuild your belief system. For those of us who get stuck in maladaptive thinking patterns and sabotaging self-talk, intentional visualizationContinue reading “Visualization”
  • Anatomy of an Affirmation
    I often encourage my clients to create affirmations. As stated in the previous post Meditation and Affirmations, by using an affirmation, you are speaking of what you want for yourself and what you choose to believe about yourself.  As a therapist who uses cognitive behavioral therapy, we work to create a lot of reframes thatContinue reading “Anatomy of an Affirmation”
  • Meditation and Affirmations
    So, what’s all of the hype about meditation and affirmations? Both are powerful tools to help you on your mental wellness journey! The founder of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dr. Aaron Beck, identified streams of negative cognitions or automatic thoughts as a source of depression. He helped patients identify and evaluate these automatic thoughts. After workingContinue reading “Meditation and Affirmations”