This post is going to fall under the heading of what we know we should do but still don’t. We make excuse after excuse but in the end, we don’t have a daily habit of looking at where we want to be and spending a few minutes being there. We find ourselves buckling under the stress of doing work that matters while still trying to generate income from it. Here is another place monkey mind can get you. There is no shortage of scripts it can play for you where you don’t get something. In fact, if you close your eyes right now and try to picture how you look at this moment, you won’t think of anything positive. Just the negative scripts that monkey mind keep playing you. That’s why positive visualization is so important yet unfamiliar to us. It requires work on our part and that’s why we avoid it. We see it as just one more thing we need to do.
I’ve recently started a daily visualization practice and I’ve been very impressed with the results so far. No, I haven’t suddenly achieved all my goals but I have been able to do one very important thing: turn my attitude dial towards the positive range no matter how negative I am. I do this practice at the end of my guided meditation but that’s not required. For me, it’s just the icing on the cake, so to speak, at the end of my practice.
Simple Five Minute Visualization Exercise
Without further ado, let’s get right to the practice.
Make sure you are someplace where you will not be disturbed for the next 10 minutes. Turn off your phone, audio devices and computer if you can. I’ve adde a downloadable PDF here with these instructions and will be adding an audio walking you through this simple exercise. I want to make sure you have this in any format that serves you best.
- Do the four part breath for four cycles. Keep your eyes closed.
- Picture before you a blank canvas. We’re going to fill in the details but it’s important that you bring no part of what’s on your mind now to this exercise. Don’t move on until you can see the blank canvas before you.
- Start by seeing yourself in the home you want to be in. It can be a real home but make sure it has the features you want in your future home.
- Really see the rooms, furnishings, equipment, etc., that you want in this home.
- Think of other things you would have in this home, what cars are parked there? What do the grounds look like outside? What does the neighborhood look like?
- Once you’ve placed yourself comfortably in your future home, move on to the relationship aspects. Who are you in this home with? How is your life now? Do you attend church? Do you speak anywhere? Do you perform anywhere? Do you have any regular social functions you attend? Feel how your life is richer for these connections.
- What other things do you do in your future life? Do you travel? How often? Are you debt-free? Can you see your bank account? Can you see it increasing? Are you doing work you love? What work is that? Are you making an impact on this world? How are you doing that?
- Be as specific as you can answering these questions.
- Don’t be limited by my questions either. As you do this more, you’ll be able to come up with your own questions that will help you along. My questions are just to prime the pump.
- The most important thing is that you take the time to see and feel each of these aspects of your future life.
- You should be able to feel your spirits lifting. When you do, spend a little more time enjoying the feeling and then prepare to leave.
- Finally, say to yourself “I can already see the success I am right now,” take a deep breath in and out and open your eyes.
I hope this little exercise has been able to help lift your spirits and get you seeing the success you will have. Each time you do this, it will become easier and easier. You’ll also find other things to visualize. In this way, your canvas will go from the water colors you did as a kid to a rich tapestry of your dreams, goals and desires.