Manifesting the Life You Deserve: Why it Works and How to Get Started Now
If you’ve ever had any close encounters with your intuition then you know a little bit about the new age term called manifesting. And no, I’m not talking about some hokey magical superpowers that hippies and gypsies practice in the back woods. Manifest, in its simplest form, means apparent or obvious.
The reality is we experience manifesting everyday. You’ve probably noticed manifesting most likely when it’s working against you. You are running late and you just knew you would hit a lane closure and grid-lock traffic on your morning commute. Or, how about an impromptu, late night jaunt to the frozen yogurt shop wearing pajama pants (no judgment) and naturally you run into your ex and their flawless new love. You get the idea, Murphy’s law.
But how about taking those same annoying, doubt-filled thoughts when something goes less than glamorous and replacing them with thoughts of the life you would really like to be living?
1. “Everything is alright in the end. And if it’s not alright, it’s not the end.”
According to information from UCLA, NSF (natural science foundation) and even Deepak Chopra, we have anywhere from 12,000 to 70,000 thoughts per day depending on how “deep” a thinker you are. Further studies show that 70-80% of these thoughts are negative.
Beat these thoughts! Make an immediate pivot on negative self talk. Sign up for a daily e-affirmation. Or 100! Block the drama on social media and follow people that inspire you, are upbeat and keep it light. The same way you’d crank up the thermostat to get comfortable on a chilly day, you have the power to reprogram your thoughts. Like anything, it takes practice. Re-train the brain. Replace fear and anxiety with thoughts of “I am enough, I am more than enough.” Brendan Burchard says you should be asking yourself if your dreams and goals are even big enough for you. Aim higher!
2. Write it down.
Journaling is one of the most simple, soothing and releasing exercises to manifest your dreams and intentions. Want to travel more? Make a list of places you would like to go, what you would like to do there and who with…get detailed! Looking for a dream job. Write down the job description, what does your workspace look like? What’s your typical workday entail? Looking for love…the old saying is to stop looking and start doing the things you love, but make a note of what you want to feel like with your partner, what activities you might enjoy together. The simplest notes can often be the most profound in retrospect.
3. Be mindful.
There is such great joy in seeing your manifestations come to life. Practicing yoga and meditation can help you become more aware of knowing what you want and noticing when you get it, sometimes in a slightly perhaps even better version than you imagined! Recognize it and celebrate it with gratitude filled heart. Celebrate every moment!
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Jenn Bodnar is co-founder of Yoga Digest Magazine and has a genuine belief that yoga can benefit everyone. She is 200ERYT having attended multiple teacher trainings, facilitating yoga teacher trainings and studying and practicing yoga since 1999. Jenn is an avid fitness professional, who has taught and managed group fitness for many years. As a former competitive triathlete, gymnast and dancer Jenn loves the balance of strength, flexibility, perseverance and freedom that a yoga practice provides. She loves being active and outdoors with her family and friends. Jenn is a self proclaimed health food chef who hopes to leave a positive footprint by inspiring others to always choose happiness. “Watching people grow through yoga is one of the most amazing miracles to witness.”