Affirmations refer primarily to the practice of positive thinking and self-empowerment, fostering a belief that a positive mental attitude supported by affirmations will help achieving success in important endeavors.
Affirmations can also be a tool for one’s everyday self-help practice. Usually it is a carefully formulated statement that should be repeated or written down. For an affirmation to be effective, it needs to be present tense, positive, personal, short and specific. When the affirmation is done after your meditation practice, it can be much more powerful.
In ancient times, the method has been developed according to the spiritual and cultural specifics of the place. One of the first examples of applying affirmations within the modern paradigms is the Autotraining. Autogenic training, the relaxation technique developed by the German psychiatrist Johannes Heinrich Schultz was first published in 1932. In the original book (“Das Autogene Training (konzentrative Selbstentspannung”), the parallels to techniques in yoga and meditation are clearly emphasized.