“You have earned this spot. You are worthy. You are a great American.”
These are the words of Senator Cory Booker as he was addressing now Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson on the third day of her confirmation hearings. His impassioned speech brought joy and tears to the hearts of many, including Justice Jackson. What he did was speak a truth into her that I imagine she needed to hear. And judging from her response, her whole being needed to hear it. She needed that truth to come in, settle in, and take the lead.
What he gave her were affirmations, or, in yoga terms, sankalpa. These short phrases speak against our negative or self-sabotaging thought patterns and replace them with thoughts that uplift, encourage, and affirm the truth of our life and who we are. They can feel like wishful thinking, but to the mind they are just as real as reality. (This is why you can cry at movies and have empathy with fictional...