The collection „Warm regards“ keeps on growing and is featuring pictures that have been turned into cards (greeting cards, postcards or whatever else you’d like to call them) featuring my own words and thoughts as well as quotes and affirmations to inspire and reinforce positive thinking.

Pictures as cards I: Quotes, thoughts, affirmations

  • Postcard with warm regards fro Devocean Pictures: The sky has NO limits. Photograph taken from Amed Beach on Bali (Indonesia) with the flat blue sea, morning sun forming an orange layer under cloud formations. Text in the light blue sky above.
  • Postcardwith warm regards from Devocean Pictures: Möhne See / Lake in Germany, summer 2015. The lake is smooth as glass, clouded sky and a pier with paddleboats in red and blue and 5 green dragons and one white swan waiting peacefully.
  • "It's more fun together" written on black frame below a picture of a turtle and fish hanging out together
  • Postcard Devocean Pictures: Low angle on beach into bright setting sun illuminating hermit crab, Long Island, Andaman Islands. Text: Keep on going wherever your heart is taking you.
  • Postcard Warm regards from Devocean Pictures: Small birmese temple build on a raft washed up on a white sand beach of Merk Bay on CHristmas day in the Andaman islands, india. In the blue sky repetion of "Free your mind" are following the curve of the wispy clouds getting smaller and smaller towards the temple
  • Postcard Warm regards from Devocean Pictures: This snail takes it slow and so should we to enjoy the beauties of life like seeing wildlife right at our doorstep even when it rains. Text: Slow down and enjoy the beauty of life.
  • Postcard Warm regards from Devocean Pictures: Cow resting on the beach in Long Island, Andaman Islands in India, looking towards the sea where the sun is setting. Text: the time is now.
  • Postcard by Devocean Pictures "Warm regards": Underwater macro shot of Hypselodoris tryoni in Lembeh (Indonesia). Beautiful cream coloured nudibranch with purple rim around mantle, purple dots with whitish rim around on body and down to foot under the mantle, branched gills in white-grey and rhinophores purple, black and white. Text: Smell the roses.
  • Postcard Warm regards from Devocean Pictures: 3rd part of the series: Take your time and enjoy. 1st: There is no way to happiness. 2nd: Happiness is the way. Showing runner in park "Natur-Park Schöneberger Südgelände" in the city of Berlin where nature and art are meeting in the industrial setup of a former marchalling yard. I was playing with focus and blur that day. Everything depends on your perspective - no matter if in photography or in life. Nothing against running, but if happiness is the way, running will not get you there any quicker.
  • Postcard Warm regards from Devocean Pictures: Multicoloured sunrise with silhouettes and quote of Victor Hugo: You are no longer where you were, but you are everywhere we are.
  • Postcard Warm regards from Devocean Pictures:A Komodo Dragon is chilling in the sun, digesting his last meal. Text: Time to relax.
  • Postcard from Devocean Pictures "Warm regards": Underwater macro shot or two nudibranchs (Hypselodoris bullockii) mating. Purple with red and yellow rhinophores and gills against black background. Text: Same same but different.
  • Postcard Warm regards from Devocean Pictures: Simply the Best: Vitamin Sea showing beach with waves in black and white with rock on the left, Bali, Indonesia.
  • Postcard Warm regards from Devocean Pictures: Sunrise on south beach in Wakatobi, Indonesia with pink sun beams in dark blue sky. Text: Every end is a new beginning.

In a broad sense, an affirmation is anything we say or think. Unfortunately, a lot of these words and thoughts, in particular about ourselves, are negative. In order to evolve, we can retrain the way we think and speak, simply by using positive statements. These positive statements said (aloud or internally) with confidence are what most people refer to when they talk about affirmations.

Affirmations: What they are and how they work

Affirmations are a very useful tool to change your own belief patterns and the limitations we put onto ourselves. Expressions often used in this negative or limiting sense are „I am (not)…“ or „I can’t …“ or „I will/can never …“. „I am“ is considered to be the most powerful affirmation as it is setting the state to be in. For instance, „I am happy“, „I am content“, „I am brave“, „I am strong“, … . It is essential to feel in this state when you say the affirmation. Don’t say – or feel – „I want to be happy“, it won’t have the desired effect. If you can’t feel it if you can’t convince yourself to get into the feeling even for the brief moment of the affirmation, try to formulate it slightly differently: „I am getting happier and happier with every new day“.

Laura Malina Seiler has a podcast and video on affirmations for those who speak German. Certainly, there are many more in English as well as German. Therefore, find a personality, voice and approach you like or simply write your own affirmations to use. Of course, affirmations aren’t the one miraculous tool that eliminates all our problems. But they are a very good starting point to change the way we look at ourselves; how we perceive our lives and the world around us; and empower us to make the changes in our lives.

Please realize that every complaint is an affirmation of something you think you don’t want in your life. Every time you get angry, you’re affirming that you want more anger in your life. Every time you feel like a victim, you’re affirming that you want to continue to feel like a victim. If you feel that Life isn’t giving you what you want in your world, then it’s certain that you will never have the goodies that Life gives to others-that is, until you change the way you think and talk.

Louise Hay: The power of affirmations

Affirmations don’t work anyway!

That’s an affirmation actually. If we choose to believe that something won’t work, we can be pretty sure, that it won’t work. So, the key for affirmations to work for you is to believe in them. Above all, believe in yourself and feel the power and energy of the statement. Like with everything in life, the intention of what we do or say something, is having a great impact on the outcome. Therefore, the stronger we feel what we say, the quicker these words can think in; and ultimately, work towards real changes in our lives.

If an unwholesome belief is deeply rooted in our unconscious mind, then it has the ability to override a positive affirmation, even if we aren’t aware of it. This is why, for many people, affirmations don’t seem to work: Their afflicted thought patterns are so strong that they knock out the effect of the positive statement.

Ronald Alexander Ph.D. in „Psychology today“: 5 steps to make affirmation work for you (Aug, 15 2011)

Pictures as cards II: Quotes, thoughts, affirmations

  • Postcard with warm regards from Devocean Pictures: Underwater wide-angle shot with natural light only at the house reef of Wakatobi (Indonesia). Reefscape with heart-shaped sponge in black and white, only a little butterflyfish at the tip of the sponge in yellow as well as the text "Dive into life"
  • Postcard Warm regards from Devocean Pictures: Underwater wide-angle picture in the shallows with natural light only. Sunburst coming through to illuminate small school of snappers with one red-tooth triggerfish in between. Text: Be yourself.
  • Postcard with Warm Regards from Devocean Pictures. Text: Rise and shine. Picture crop of underwater macro shot of Goniobranchus geometricus (black and white with little blue-grey and yellow tips of rhinophores and gills) lifting its head while sitting on a solitary tunicate in orange, purple and white.
  • Postcard Warm regards from Devocean Pictures: Underwater wide-angle shot in shallow water with natural light only. Silhouette of reef with hard coral and sun burst illuminating leather coral and purple tube sponge. Text: Grow.
  • Postcard Warm regards from Devocean Pictures: Underwater look-through with soft corals and fish looking onto reef top in sunlight. Text: See you on the other side.
  • Postcard Warm regards from Devocean Pictures: Cloud formations looking up into the evening skype with words from Rumi: Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with their heart and soul there is no such thing as seperation.

Psychology to make it work

Even unconscious negative thoughts can turn into self-fulfilling prophecies this way. Quite often, we talk ourselves into believing that we’re not good enough openly though. Conscious or unconscious, the result is the same: We drag down our relationships and our personal as well as professional lives. What’s the way out?

Psychology today is laying out 5 steps to make affirmation work for you:

Step 1: Make a list of what you’ve always thought of as your negative qualities.
Step 2: Now write an affirmation on the positive aspect of your self-judgment.
Step 3: Speak the affirmation out loud for about five minutes three times a day, morning, midday, and evening.
Step 4: Anchor the affirmation in your body as you are repeating it by placing your hand on the area that felt uncomfortable when you wrote out the negative belief in Step 1.
Step 5: Get a friend or coach to repeat your affirmation to you.

For detailed instructions read 5 steps to make affirmation work for you in „Psychology today“ (Aug, 15 2011)

Happiness is the way

Using affirmations to give your life a positive spin, is sometimes easier said than done. Just because you can’t feel it immediately, doesn’t mean you can’t do it. Be kind, be patient, be forgiving, be curious, be enduring, be powerful, be loving, be … . Most importantly, give it time and try which words work best for you. We are different on so many levels. Everybody has their own personal background, their own experiences to start with. We have different interests, feelings, thoughts and energy. In conclusion, find your own way to happiness and remember happiness is the way. The way you choose to live your life, each and every day. It’s not a destination to reach when xyz has happened or entered your life.

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