I’ve been meditating and feel like I’ve made real progress this second week. For one thing, I found some affirmations to read/repeat every day and I love them. I also started listening to some background music, which really helps me focus. Something about filtering out the outside world gets me more focused and I think for about five minutes today I was actually IN THE MOMENT.

This is big for me – I usually live in the past and the future: worrying about what I’ve done and worrying about what I need to do. So just being in the moment was pretty great. So here’s what I’ve been doing (courtesy of

Before You Begin
Decide what area of your life you want to work on and then decide what you want.  (Naturally, I wanted it all, so I did them all…..) There are several important points to know about affirmations:

  • Use the present or past tense.  Do not use the future tense.  You want your mind to know it has already happened
  • Be POSITIVE.  Use the most positive terms you can.  Never use negatives in affirmations
  • Write them.  As you are learning to do affirmations, write them down so you will remember exactly what you want to say.  Keep them short and very specific.  Personalize them with your name.
  • Believe.  Always believe that what you are saying is happening.  The more you believe, the stronger the affirmation.
  • Repetition.  Being repetitive and persistent helps to set them in your head and in your unconscious being.
  • Time.  Always have a specific time daily set aside for your meditations, affirmations and visualizations.  This will help set a pattern for you so you will do them daily.

Affirmations for Daily Living

  • I am at peace with the Universe
  • I love and accept myself.
  • I am unique and loving, loved, and free.
  • I am safe and always feel protected.
  • I acknowledge all of my feelings because I am in touch with my feelings.
  • I am surrounded with loving, caring people in my life.
  • I am loving and accepting of others and this creates lasting friendships for me.
  • I trust my inner being to lead me in the right path.
  • I do all I can every day to make a loving environment for all those around me, including myself.
  • I am always connected with the Divine Love in the Universe.
  • My inner vision is always clear and focused.

Affirmations for Health

  • I have the power to control my health.
  • I am in control of my health and wellness.
  • I have abundant energy, vitality and well-being.
  • I am healthy in all aspects of my being.
  • I do not fear being unhealthy because I know that I control my own body.
  • I am always able to maintain my ideal weight.
  • I am filled with energy to do all the daily activities in my life.
  • My mind is at peace.
  • I love and care for my body and it cares for me.

Affirmations for Abundance

  • I am a success in all that I do.
  • Everything I touch returns riches to me.
  • I am always productive.
  • My work is always recognized positively.
  • I respect my abilities and always work to my full potential.
  • I am constantly adding to my income.
  • I always spend money wisely.
  • A always have enough money for all that I need.
  • I am rewarded for all the work I do.

Affirmations for Peace and Harmony in your Life

  • I am at peace with myself.
  • I am always in harmony with the Universe.
  • I am filled with the Love of the Universe (edited that one a bit – it was Universal Divine Truth).
  • I am at peace with all those around me.
  • I have provided a harmonious place for myself and those I love
  • The more honest I am with those around me, the more love is returned to me.
  • I express anger in appropriate ways so that peace and harmony are balanced at all times.
  • I am at one with the inner child in me.

Affirmations for My Spirituality

  • I am free to be myself.
  • I am a forgiving and loving person.
  • I am responsible for my own Spiritual Growth.
  • I have given myself permission to be at one with the Universe.
  • My strength comes from forgiveness of those who hurt me.
  • I am worthy of love.
  • The more I love, the more that love is returned to me.
  • Love is eternal and ever-lasting.
  • I nurture my inner child, love her and have allowed her to heal. (this one was particularly poignant for me)
  • I am responsible for my life and always maintain the power I need to be positive and have joy.

So after reading out all the affirmations, I just sat, looking at the waterfall (yes that is a picture of the gardens outside my office – is that cool or what?) and for almost 7 minutes – well definitely five of them – I was IN THE MOMENT. Peaceful. Serene. Content. I have to admit, I got a little teary eyed. It was a different feeling for me. Still kind of sticking with me in fact.  I guess that is the point, isn’t it?

My kind of meditation

Don’t you love how when you state your intentions, life lines them up for you? My friend Dana (author of the Great Cleanse)  held a healthy happy hour last night at the Jeju Spa in Gwinnett. I  got to meditate and relax and have fun. It was peaceful, yet active enough that my brain and body were both happy. I stayed for almost 4 hours, but I could have stayed all night.  Literally – people go there and sleep in the healing saunas all night. Families go – with kids. I can’t wait to take Fred and Jacob back. I think we’ll spend the evening and then try sleeping in the Jade sauna – cool and healing. Maybe I’ll wake up a size 8 with no lose skin – LOL!

For some reason I really liked the charcoal sauna. It has a different smell from the charcoal wood lining the walls and the floor was hot as fire but I was able to feel a sense of peace there that I didn’t feel in the other saunas. I might try it with a towel next time, as the floor was too hot to stay as long as I wanted.

The jewel sauna was beautiful and so inspiring. Laying on the warm floor on a coconut mat, staring up at a star made of amethyst. The walls are covered with murals made from semi precious stones. I felt like I was in some sort of harem – not a sensation I’ve ever had before, but – I liked it.

The gold and silver sauna was interesting, but didn’t really do anything. I kept thinking about the value of the dollar and the gold standard – not relaxing, plus there was a no talking thing going on at the time, so I left after a few minutes.

There’s an ice sauna where you can cool down for a bit, but smells like a fridge so just cooled off and went to the salt sauna. This one is built of walls of rock salt and is the hottest one there. I could only stay for a bit, but got a great sweat going and felt amazing.

Did I mention that BEFORE all this there’s a women’s only area? I assume there’s one for men, too. It has jacuzzi, steam, traditional sauna, ice pool and a warm pool plus an infrared treatment area. You can get a body scrub to start the process and when I go back in two weeks, I’m saving my pennies for the $30 for that. You can get massage, reflexology and accupressure and other stuff. Out of my budget right now, but maybe when I hit 170 (my endo’s goal weight for me) then I’ll have a reflexology treatment. I love having my feet rubbed. And I think a whole day spa treatment is going to be my reward when I get to 149!

As part of the healthy happy hour, Dr Dana did a mini-assessment on me  for $25. This was a follow up to the one we did last year, but for the same price she’ll do a new one for you. My health has definitely improved – still some adrenal and intestinal issues (no surprises there) but overall, very nice improvements.

I did learn a lot last night. Not only about the healing properties of the saunas and other body treatments, but Dana discovered that I should be taking folate and B complex supplement. Apparently folate helps your body with …wait for it …b12 absorption! How cool is that? I’m going to order some from her tomorrow, along with a weeks supply of her liquid salad which has tons of vitamins, including follate.  I may also get the probiotics she’s recommending, to help me continue lifting my digestive health. (Gotta read the book!)

I’m going back in two weeks on Friday from 6pm – midnight (or later!) so anyone who wants to join, please let me know. I think you will be delighted with the experience and have a blast. What a great way to end a week and get ready for a fantastic weekend.

Today I’m taking Jacob to Six Flags. I’m going to ride every ride and see every show.  Mind Bender, here I come!

PS: Interesting mental thing: when I previewed my draft, I noticed I had titled this “My kind of medication”. That works, too!