Welcome to realignment.
We’ve all heard of affirmations, right? Maybe we’ve read the word in a self-help article or even tried them ourselves. However, have we ever thought of using Islamic affirmations within Ramadan, and further to that, our daily lives?
Affirmations are short phrases that are used to affect the conscious and subconscious mind. They’re used primarily to promote positive thinking and self-empowerment. The best part of affirmations is that they can be related to anything you want to improve – the most important part however is to ensure the phrase is positive and in the present.
So how can we use them within our ibaadah?
Firstly, let’s think about dhikr. For example, let’s say you are repeating ‘Allahuakbar’ during your 3badah. You’re concentrating on the meaning and being fully mindful of its benefits, but most importantly, you are remembering The Almighty. By saying ‘Allahuakbar’ you are telling your subconscious that Allah (subhannhu wa tala) is Greater. He is Greater than everything. And with each repetition you are embedding this belief deep into your subconscious.
Now if we think about affirmations, they are very similar to dhikr. You have a short phrase that you repeat mindfully with the intention of changing your subconscious. Therefore, why shouldn’t we also make use of affirmations to change our subconscious making them more mindful of the Almighty?
4 Easy Simple Steps:
Step 1: Choose an affirmation (or 2, 3… But don’t overwhelm yourself)
Step 2: Choose a specific time in the day when you’ll repeat this affirmation
Step 3: Repeat your affirmation for 5 minutes with intention and mindfulness
Step 4: Remember to repeat your affirmations daily
Here are some affirmations you can use this Ramadan and throughout!
– Azza Eihab
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