FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is simply about self awareness and accepting what you think and feel in the moment.
You don't need to spend hours or be a monk or nun to do it. Practicing just a little each day can make a profound difference to your stress levels and have a positive impact on your life.
What are affirmations?
Self-Affirmation Theory was made popular by Professor Claude Steele in the late 1980s.
The unique prediction that the theory makes is that people have a strong desire to maintain a positive self-image, therefore, when people experience a specific self-threat, they can overcome the unpleasant feelings associated with the threat by affirming an equally important aspect of themselves.
A 2015 study led by Christopher Cascio and Emily Falk used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to find that self-affirmation activates well-known reward centers in the brain.
Studies have shown that we have roughly 50,000 subconscious thoughts a day and around 80% are negative.
Repeating affirmations can squeeze out the negative thought loops and most importantly, encourage self-awareness with consistency.
How often should I use them?
There are no rules. Spoon recommends daily usage. Create your affirmation when you first awaken. use them when you feel challenged, face fear, conflict or to unwind when headed to bed. Find what works for you.
How often do I share?
During a course or workshop, you will be informed. This could be every day for 30 days or once a week. Consistency will be beneficial and it will often form part of the submission criteria for certification where appropriate.
Why do I find it hard to believe the affirmations I read?
There are potentially several reasons.
1. Subconscious blockages like dissociative amnesia,
a condition in which a person blocks out information about their life usually associated with a highly stressful event.
This often occurs when our brains attempt to protect us from the potential pain of revisiting past trauma.
2. Conscious blockages like holding onto secondary benefits. This is where the advantage of staying in a particular position or state is seen to be better than letting go, even if it's not healthy. Perceived advantages may include extra attention, sympathy, avoidance of work, financial gain or control over others.
3. When the 'why' isn't strong enough. If you're not bothered or the pain isn't significant enough, you're less likely to make the necessary effort.
4. Environment. Letting go of toxic people and places to create the best surroundings for your progress.
5. Habits. Letting go of practices that sabotage your progress to create new ones that serve you better.
6. You need to create your own.
Why should I create my own?
Creating affirmations relevant to your personal situation will make them more believable and thus easier for you to be consistent.
What if I need more support?
You can drop a message in the private group, email or book a call.
1-2-1 sessions can be arranged where necessary. We would also encourage you to seek medical advice where appropriate too.