Sea Turtle Design Made of Affirmations About Its Symbolism

Our Sea Turtle design is made completely out of tiny, positive affirmations relevant to turtle symbolism!

Here are some of the most prominent themes associated with sea turtles and turtles in general that we included in this design:

PROTECTION

A turtle’s most prominent and mesmerizing feature is its shell. A strong shell protects the turtle from most predators and hazards of life in the slow lane. Shelter is one of the universal principles for being a human being. The turtle carries its home with it wherever it goes symbolizing feeling at ease even in new surroundings. Being able to relax even in situations that would normally make us uncomfortable, like a job interview or handling a stressful but important task, is an ability that serves a positive thinker.

SLOWING DOWN

Turtles move slowly and breath slowly. There are times when urgency is important. There are other times when slowing down is the key to success. The turtles’ speed is renown for being slow and steady. Consistent and persistent eventually crosses the finish line. When we are hurrying through tasks we are prone to make more mistakes. When we move at our own pace, we are more likely to be successful. When it comes to tasks, the appropriate speed may always be changing as our abilities and techniques improve. However, when it comes to taking time for relationships and connecting with another, there is always benefit and space to slow down even more.

SET YOUR OWN PACE

Setting our own pace may be challenging at times. It is important to be aware of what pressures are attempting to get us to go at a different speed. Are they worthy? Or are we simply feeling rushed from outside pressures that are really about inside pressures? Like trying to impress someone else? The turtle always goes at its own pace. It sets the trend for those that want to jump on and ignores the trend of those that don’t. By being patient with ourselves we can allow ourself to move at the appropriate speed for the task at hand.

SUPPORT

With 4 strong legs, a wide base, and a low center of gravity, turtles are known for their sturdy nature and relative strength. Many cultures look to the turtle as as symbol of support and a strong foundation. Several cultures hold beliefs that involve a turtle supporting the entire world on its back. It is known as the Cosmic Turtle, World-bearing Turtle, or Great Turtle. The turtle will not let you down. It will help guide you safely to where you are going. How can you tap into this truth about yourself to support someone else in some way today?

PEACEMAKERS

Moving at a slow, steady pace is associated with tranquility and peace. Making peace implies changing war-like energy and requires slow, careful planning and persistent movement towards the end goal. Turtle symbolism implies strength used to carry the armor shell and therefore implies protection. As compared to say a Lion who’s strength is used to drive fangs and claws in attack. From a strong protected state and with steady persistence. Some Native American cultures look to turtles as symbols of the peace-maker.

GOOD LUCK / GOOD FORTUNE

In many human societies throughout time you will find a Turtle associated with good luck and good fortune. In several mythologies a turtle either created the Earth, supports the Earth, or saved the day from a disaster like a flood. The notion of being protected seems intertwined with having good luck.

GOOD HEALTH

Beyond the association between having good luck and protection with good health; turtles have other connections to this positive ideal as well. They live on average for 100 years and can live up to 150 years which specifically ties turtles symbolism to longevity and in turn good health. On a grimmer note turtle shells were commonly used to mix medicines and turned into musical shakers for spiritual dances. This is in part why turtles are associated with mystical and spiritual symbolisms.

GROUNDED

Turtle symbolism comes back to the stories from many cultures that turtles helped create the world and/or support it. Called the Cosmic Turtle, World-bearing Turtle, or Great Turtle, the turtle is associated with Mother Earth, creation, being grounded, and connectivity.

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Here are all of the affirmations we used to make this turtle design. Each one rotates through the expansion of “I am”, “You are”, and “We are” statements.

They are all true about you. We have all been all of these truths before and can be them again. Hopefully, the perfect ones jump out at you at the perfect moment 🙂

Affirmations used in our Sea Turtle Design

You are adapting. You are lucky. We are walking gently. You are safe. We are strong. I am making peace. You are understanding. You are strong. You are a peacemaker. We are overcoming. We are gentle. We are organizing. You are patient. I face the unknown. You are creating. You are succeeding. You are in order. We are kind. You are comfortable. We are healing. I am grounded. You are leading. You are calm. You are free. We are supporting. We are peacemakers. You are supporting. We are guided. You are gentle. You are the world. I am adapting. I am fertile. You are happy. We are given safe passage. We are proceeding. We are connected. I am fortunate. You are innocent. I am supported. You are steady. We are supported. We are navigating. We are purposeful. I am blessed. I am resolute. I am free. We are setting the pace. We are looking within. You are connected. We are pacing ourselves. We are in order. I am walking gently. We are finding. You are walking gently. We are innocent. We are adapting. We are free. I am finding. You sustain. You are capable. We are healthy. I am guided. I am continuing. You are trusting. We are resolute. I am looking within. I am persistent. I am enduring. We are gliding. I sustain. I am resilient. I am kind. You are floating. We are protecting. We are home. You are guided. You are kind. You are on course. I am happy. You are eternal. I am understanding. I am gentle. We are creating. I am healing. I am slowing down. We are carrying on. We are determined. We are happy. I am peaceful. I am the world. We are resilient. I am on course. I am steadfast. You are home. You are grounded. You are protected. We face the unknown. I am pacing myself. We are understanding. You are protecting. We are safe. You are at ease. You are ready. You are fertile. We are protected. I am trusting. I am strong. You are stable. We are comfortable. We are lucky. You are traveling. I am a peacemaker. I am protecting. We are good luck. You are overcoming. You are given safe passage. You are looking within. We are the world. I am good luck. You are adaptive. You are slowing down. You are setting the pace. I am eternal. You are fit. We are self paced. I am connected. We are grounded. I am safe. I am at ease. You are resolute. You are proceeding. I am leading. I am supporting. We are steady. We are persistent. You are steadfast. We are peaceful. You are enduring. I am proceeding. I am setting the pace. We are fit. I am steady. We are calm. We are stable. I am sure. I am calm. We are making peace. I am in order. I am lucky. We are succeeding. I am floating. We are slowing down. You are healthy. We are continuing. I am ready. You are true. We are on course. You are finding. You are blessed. We are steadfast. We are floating. You are healing. We sustain. We are blessed. You are carrying on. You are resilient. You face the unknown. I am protected. We are true. You are gliding. I am given safe passage. I am healthy. I am patient. We are ready. You are peaceful. I am home. I am capable. You are wise. I am creating. You are organizing. I am determined. I am self paced. I am organizing. You are supported. You are persistent. You are purposeful. You are surviving. We are adaptive. You are making peace. We are surviving. You are navigating. I am innocent. I am true. I am adaptive. I am comfortable. I am wise. We are capable. You are continuing. You are sure. We are leading. We are fortunate. We are enduring. I am carrying on. We are fertile. I am overcoming. I am fit. We are at ease. I am traveling. I am navigating. We are patient. I am surviving. I am gliding. I am purposeful. We are trusting. We are traveling. You are self paced. We are wise. You are fortunate. I am stable. You are determined. You are good luck. We are eternal. We are sure. I am succeeding. You are pacing yourself.

Positive Interactions: Multi-Dimensional Thinking

Positive interactions require us to be fluid with our thoughts

If we understand and make use of this simple awareness technique, we can increase our likelihood of having positive interactions. Our feelings are indicators for the quality of our thoughts. When we are feeling good, our thoughts are like a fluid body of water sloshing around, folding over on themselves, and mixing in other new ideas and information. This is multi-dimensional thinking.

When we are feeling bad, our thoughts harden into a solid spear with one forward thrusting direction. The ego forms a metaphorical shell around the thoughts, gripping them tightly, and making everything about ourselves; allowing in no new information. This is one dimensional, linear thinking.

Qualifying the Qualifiers

Feeling good vs bad is not the same as good and evil. Imagine a scale with 10 feeling ecstasy and 1 feeling extreme pain or depression. We are always somewhere on this scale. Feeling pain is not bad in a good and evil sense. It is an indicator that something is wrong and needs attention. The thoughts we have, however, when feeling pain are very different from the types of thoughts we feel when we are feeling happy.

In Practice

Consider personal relationships through this lens and you can see how we can improve our positive interactions. Ever notice that when we feel bad (e.g. angry, sick, envious) we can suddenly lose all perspective on the people we interact with? When conflict of some form arises it becomes very easy to see everything that person does through the lens of that anger. Their motivations become suspicious (“why would they do that to ME?” “what are they really after?”) and we focus on distinctions between us (“they just can’t understand” “I need to look out for me”). We cannot easily hear the things that do not jive with our current collection thoughts.

And the opposite holds for people when we feel love; we look past their shortcomings and assume the best of their intentions. When we are mad at someone else, suspicion creeps into our thoughts about their motivations and actions. When we are in love, we see their decision making in the best light possible. We see past the faults of the people on our “team” but bring hyper focus to those of our “opposition”.

Genres Shape Understanding

A film’s genre shapes the context through which we understand movies. The same line can illicit very different meanings when we are watching a comedy vs a thriller. Our emotions are like the genre of a film. Our thoughts are like the scenes of the movie. By knowing the genre of our “this moment life-movie” we can better understand our thoughts.

Always = Never

When we are using words like “she always…” and “he never…”, we can usually find that we are thinking about things in one dimension. And thinking in one dimension means that we are operating under the control of the ego! It is makes any advancement in understanding, compromise, or consensus very difficult.

No one is all good or all bad. No one is intelligent about everything or nothing. And everyone has areas where they are incredibly intelligent and the opposite. Even with fields we are very familiar there is ALWAYS more to learn. If we can contain our ego and recognize we have more to learn then we will increase the likelihood of having positive interactions with others even in charged situations.

Awareness Technique for Positive Interactions

Relationships of life come in many shapes and sizes. Some or brief and small like holding the door for a stranger. Some relationships are big and endure decades like family. But this same system connecting our thoughts and emotions holds true through all our interactions. So here is a simple awareness technique to make use of whenever we feel like we are not having a positive interaction: Take a breathe. Recognize how you are feeling right now. Start witnessing your thoughts through that lens. Simply by increasing our awareness about our own motivations and workings we can take more control over them… or, rather, let go of them more…

Flip it and Reverse it

This awareness technique can be applied in reverse too! If we can recognize we are thinking in a solid state rather than fluid, then we can back that up into seeing our emotional state. Being aware of how we are feeling is a muscle that can always be strengthened.

Multi-Dimensional Time Traveler

Interestingly, when we are in ego/solid thought mode, time slows down. Think of how slowly time moves when our thoughts are bouncing around in a solid state. Five minutes of arguing with someone can feel like hours and physically drain us as if it was! Whereas when we are feeling good, time starts flying by and hours feel like minutes. Five hours of playing a fun game with friends can feel like minutes!

In Conclusion

With continuously increasing awareness I will work towards seeing everyone I interact with as multi-dimensional beings full of complexity. My feelings are indicators for my thought patterns. The more liquid and fluid my thoughts, the more dimensions I can see in.

If this subject matter intrigues you check out Jack Pransky’s book, “Somebody Should Have Told Us”!

How about you? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think? How do our thoughts relate to our feelings? How does multi-dimensional thinking relate to having positive interactions?

Street Interviews: Tips for Positive Communication

Much like the inhale and exhale of the breath, communicating has two major components: both listening and expressing. Communication is a skill that is endlessly improvable.

Watch this video of street interviewer magnifique Ron Cecchetti asking some positive thinkers at the Hillcrest Farmers Market in San Diego, California: What are some tips for bettering our positive communication?

Here is the full text transcript from the video:

What are some tips for bettering our positive communication?

[Intro Music]

RON CECCHETTI: What are your ideas for bettering positive communication?

RESPONDER 1: To speak from the heart, to speak truth, and look at the bigger picture where you are trying to go. So, as a community you want to create a world around you that has creativity, imagination, positivity, growth, sustainability, and you do that through your words. Your words create a harmonious connection to reality. So you keep it positive, you keep it alert, and you keep it awake, and you keep people inspired through positivity.

RESPONDER 2: I am a big supporter of the think positive evolution. I think communicating positivity all the time is the key for good communication.

RESPONDER 3: For positive communication? Good eye contact is always vital in communication. Just being really open with everybody, I think that’s a really good… that’s my best tip for positive communication.

RESPONDER 4: So I think positive communication you need to assume positive intent and be honest in your communication. So if both people are assuming that the person they are communicating with is being honest and knows that they are being truthful, then I think it leads to good, healthy communication.

RON CECCHETTI: Alright, so, what are your tips for better communication?

RESPONDER 5: More education on other people and other people’s lifestyles, or religions, or anything like that.

RESPONDER 6: Positive communication… always compliment someone. Find the positives in someone and, even if it’s just one small thing, notice it and make a comment about it to that person.

RESPONDER 7: Listening, understanding, and, once again, compassion.

RESPONDER 8: To respect other people and be positive mindset.

RESPONDER 9: What are my ideas on bettering positive communication? I think you need to be gentle with yourself and have like a clear mind of what it is you are trying to communicate to people.

RON CECCHETTI:Yeah.

RESPONDER 9: Yeah.

RON CECCHETTI:Ok.

RESPONDER 9: That’s what i can come up with right now.


What are your tips for bettering Positive Communication? Leave a comment bellow and let us know! What have you learned about positively listening and expressing yourself?

Four Sided Breathing Exercise Animation

If you want to change your state of consciousness instantly, then take a deep, slow breath. Repeat this and notice the differences you feel in your mind and body. This technique is available to you any time you want. You can use it before making decisions, or getting a task done, or before an important conversation or any time you have air to breathe. As you play with your breath more and more you will eventually come across a variety of breathing techniques and exercises. Here is one of my favorites!

Four Sided Breathing

It’s called “Four Sided Breathing”, “Square Breathing”, or “Box Breathing”. In this exercise you inhale fully (through your nose) for X seconds. Hold that inhale for another X seconds. Exhale that breath evenly for X seconds. And. finally, hold that empty exhale for X seconds. Then repeat.

Visualization for Four Sided Breathing

Here is a visualization video to illustrate and follow along with.

gif explaining the four sided breathing exercise

In this video X = 4 seconds. So inhale for four seconds. Hold full for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. And hold empty for four seconds. Repeat for 4-8 breaths or whatever you want! You can change the length of the sides (change the number of seconds X equals) but keep all four sides even to do this specific exercise.

Further Tips

We inhale through our nose to prevent a sore throat since the nose acts as a filter. Your breath will flow easier with a straight spine and your shoulders back, expanding your chest wide. Picture a J curve with your spine where your spine is totally straight and then curves back at the bottom section towards your tailbone. Be gentle with yourself and, most importantly, feel comfortable.

For extra fun, when breathing in a full inhale, fill your diaphragm first so your belly rises and then fill your chest. On the exhale work backwards from this. Exhale the air from your upper lungs/chest area. Then squeeze your belly towards your spine as you push out all the air from your diaphragm. And repeat!

I like to do four sided breathing sitting before meditating and laying down on my mat before yoga class. It’s also a great technique to help fall asleep at the end of your day. There are many tools on the utility belt of life; four sided breathing is one of my favorites.

When do you practice breathing exercises? What are your favorites? What do you think of this Four Sided Breathing exercise? Go ahead and leave a comment below to let us know!

Lion Design made from Quotations on Courage

lion head made from quotations on courage Our Lion of Courage is made out of quotations on courage and we screen print it on great shirts like this men’s crew neck in green.

This Think Positive Apparel Lion design is made entirely out of quotations on courage from various leaders, heroes, and artists. You can purchase this design on a men’s or women’s shirt only at our local San Diego Farmers’ Markets this weekend. (Coming soon to our online store).

Here are all of the quotations we used to make this ‘Lion of Courage’ design:

“I think that little by little I’ll be able to solve my problems and survive.” ~Frida Kahlo

“Optimism is true moral courage.” ~Ernest Shackleton

“Courage is an inner resolution to go forward despite obstacles… Courage breeds creativity.” ~Martin Luther King Jr.

“A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

“And yet it moves.” Galileo Galilei

“Courage is a love affair with the unknown.” ~Osho

“Courage is grace under pressure.” ~Ernest Hemingway

“Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.” ~Maya Angelou

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” ~ Lao Tzu

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” ~Winston Churchill

“[Y]ou must fight others but through peace and through dialogue and through education.” ~Malala Yousafzai

“A truly strong person does not need the approval of others any more than a lion needs the approval of sheep.” ~Vernon Howard

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” ~Marie Curie

“Life is mostly froth and bubble, / Two things stand like stone. / Kindness in another’s trouble, / Courage in your own.” ~Adam Lindsay Gordon

“Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.” ~Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

“I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.” ― Frederick Douglass

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” ~Nelson Mandela

Share your favorite quotes on courage or any positive thoughts you have on the subject by leaving a comment below.