I was indeed very surprised how eager and motivated were the prisoners to work with affirmations. Every morning and night reminding themselves of the possible wonderful and positive world they can create in and around themselves.
"Every thought you think every word you say is an affirmation All of our self-talk or inner dialogue is a stream of affirmations. We are continually affirming subconsciously with our words and thoughts and this flow of affirmations is creating our life experience in every moment. Affirmations are short positive statements targeted at a specific subconscious set of beliefs, to challenge and undermine negative beliefs and to replace them with positive self-nurturing beliefs."
Choosing the postcard from the pile of cards and writing down 3-5 affirmations on the others side. I suggested them to hand them somewhere very close to bed, so that before the start of the day and towards the end of the day, they can remind themselves of the power we have to create the world we want to live in, transform the way we behave, the way how our conflicts resolve, the way we see ourselves and the way our health regains power over existing diseases.
I was delighted to hear ex-drug addicts passionately repeating the affirmations on freedom from drug addictions, willingness to be loved and learn love, ability to deal compassionately with their families, daughters. There was even affirmations on wellbeing of cats that have stayed home and probably missing their owner. Willingness to get closer relationships with their loved ones, hope to go out of prison sooner and relate better to their inmates. We have had many empowering discussions of our divine power to make choices of how we want to live our lives and rebuild our realities.
In recent weeks one group responded of lightness and ease they have regained on the issues concerning their affirmations. Like freeing them from emotional baggage that has been carried since they have come into the prison, or since much earlier in their lives.
"When you affirm your own rightness in the universe, then you co-operate with others easily and automatically as part of your own nature. You, being yourself, helps others be themselves. Because you recognize your own uniqueness you will not need to dominate others, nor cringe before them".
Stretch your body&transform your mind!
This Project is funded by Louis August Jonas Foundation, creating a holistic training experience for 50 young women from Ilguciems women prison and Maras Crisis center. Young women are learning simple peacemaking practices including yoga, non-violent communication, mindful awareness, conscientious social action and good-doing.