The definition of affirmation is the act of confirming something to be true, or is a written or oral statement that confirms something is true. I have been hanging off the words of wisdom of Gabor Mate, in his book, The Body Says No. At the end of the book, he talks about the seven A's of healing.
According to Dr. Mate, there are two basic values that can assist us to heal and remain whole; the first is our own creative self. Your creative self isn't always clear and sometime you only catch a glimpse of it in a moment of stillness. You have to tune into yourself and listen to the internal messages. Finding your particular creative channels is honouring your creative self. This affirmation of yourself can be liberating in many ways, both personally and professionally. Everyone has the urge to create and there are many expressions of creativity; writing, art, music, inventiveness of work, cooking and many other ways. The important point is to honour the urge and do the personal work towards inner wisdom.
The second great affirmation is of the universe itself- our connection to all that is. We are not alone, we are part of the universe with temporary consciousness, to think of yourself as cut off and alone is actually toxic. Finding your own way to the light within and without is the seeking of your own spiritual needs. Dr. Mate goes on to say that health rests on three pillars: the body, the psyche and the spiritual connection. To ignore one of them is to invite imbalance and dis-ease. Some may want to pass this approach to wholeness as fluffy but there are real bodily consequences to ignoring what your body is communicating.
Clarifying why you do what you do can be the foundation from which you build direction and meaning for your work. Although I don't believe one's purpose is finite, it can change, I do believe that purpose, at its core, is a deeply individual and personal, and can only be revealed when looking inward.
This is no small feat and there is no one path for everyone, I believe the trick is an open heart and curious mind. Personally, I have learned that it always takes way longer than I want it to and also that the work is never done. The journey is your own, at your own pace, in your own way. However difficult this can be, the alternative is far worse. Not living your life, true to yourself, puts stress on your body which can negatively impact you from your gut health to your immune system.
You are your number one job, the most rewarding work you will ever do for yourself and for humanity. And your affirmation, your truth, your joy liberates others.