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Affirmations are statements repeated and believed that can ultimately shape our thoughts and feelings. Repeating an affirming, positive statement can help us to create a new reality, with a force and power that takes over and extinguishes our usual mental chatter.
Epictetus, born a slave in ancient Rome, founded a school of philosophy that became known as Stoicism. To help him overcome the bondage of slavery, and an insight that actually helped him gain his freedom, was his belief that he could only control two things: his thoughts and his feelings; other things were out of his control.