Ani Trime’s 10 Affirmations for a Peaceful and Open Mind

The late Tibetan Buddhist nun Ani Trime developed this series of simple affirmations to teach people to plant seeds of positivity in their minds.

Ani Trime25 April 2022
Illustration by Asia Pietrzyk.

Tibetan Buddhist nun Ani Trime Lhamo was always a gruff, plain-spoken West Virginian with the world’s biggest heart. For the better part of four decades, she practiced Buddhist meditation, encountering many of the tradition’s rich teachings on wisdom and compassion. She found them life-changing and thought they should be accessible to everyone — so she made it her life’s work to share them with people in an ordinary, everyday way.

You can plant different seeds in your mind and see what grows.

Among all of the Buddha’s teachings, the one Ani Trime loved best is “With our thoughts we make our world.” When you wake up on a gray morning with a full agenda and dread the day, you generally get a dreadful day. But you can train your mind; you can learn to see what you’re thinking and cultivate ways of thinking that are healing, positive, and helpful to you and to others. You can plant different seeds in your mind and see what grows. In fact, that’s she called our meditation group “The Garden Club.”

Ani Trime developed a series of simple, straightforward affirmations to teach people to plant different seeds — a “toolkit” for cultivating a freer, healthier, more open mind. Over the years, she refined the affirmations working hard to make them practical and clear.

“Ani Trime’s Little Book of Affirmations”
136 pages
$12.95; hardcover
Storey Publishing

A few months before her death in 2016 at the age of 88, Ani Trime set out to preserve these affirmations. She wanted to offer one affirmation to work with each week in the year, a tool to tend the mind’s garden. Although she couldn’t complete her book of affirmations, those of us who knew and loved her did, and we continue to use it in meditation. Now, thanks to a group of talented artists gathered by Marzena Torzecka, an illustrated edition of Trime’s 52 affirmations is available to everyone: Ani Trime’s Little Book of Affirmations.

To work with these affirmations, begin by sitting in meditation for 5 to 10 minutes. Then bring the affirmation to mind. Say the first part of the affirmation in your mind as you breathe in; and say the second part of the affirmation as you breathe out.

As you say the affirmation, you might let yourself connect it to some situation in your life, but resist the urge to analyze it much. Instead, just stay with the affirmation and let it ease your way through whatever comes up.

After you have done a number of breaths — 7, 10, 21, whatever you like — let that effort go and return to silent meditation for a few moments. Notice what your mind and heart feel like. If you find a particular affirmation useful, you might like to repeat it at various points during the day, to keep it fresh.

—Beverly Sanford, Princeton Buddhist Meditation Group

Ilustration by Carmen Segovia

1. As everything changes, I remain at ease.


2. I am willing to let go of any thoughts of negativity.

Illustration by Jean-François Martin

3. In this moment I can be open, spacious, and kind.

Illustration by Andrew Colin Beck

4. I love and approve of myself; I am at peace with myself.

Illustration by Edson Ikê

5. In this moment I choose not to create suffering.

Illustration by Kasia Bogdańska

6. I am willing to see that everyone seeks happiness.

Illustration by Daniele Tozzi

7. I plant the seed of joy in the world.

Illustration by Lincoln Agnew

8. I am willing to be present just in this moment.

Illustration by Ola Niepsuj

9. When I open my heart, my mind is free.

Illustration by Nate Kitch

10. I move forward with confidence; all is well in my life.

The article above has been excerpted from Ani Trime’s Little Book of Affirmations by Ani Trime, © 2019. Published by arrangement with Storey Publishing.

Ani Trime

Ani Trime

Ven. Bhikshuni Karma Trime Lhamo (1928-2016) was an American-born Tibetan Buddhist nun and the director of the Princeton Buddhist Meditation Group. Ani Trime originally studied with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. She also had a broad appreciation of various other Buddhist traditions, having studied with Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche and Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche, the Venerable Cham Kusho, and other Tibetan teachers, as well as Theravada teacher Ayya Khema. She was known and loved for her down-to-earth, straightforward Dharma talks, which placed great emphasis on meditation practice and everyday experience, and for her sense of humor and warmth.