With fresh eyes, I’m wandering around Fife, near my home, fully immersing myself in the land around me. A walk along a beach, done many times before, the same beach, greets me with new sights. Perhaps I’m just looking a lot more clearly these days.
2017 has already been an interesting year. My work in my Mindfulness groups has expanded to include practice sheets, and each practice sheet contains 4 different practices. I’m up to ten practice sheets, so that’s 40 practices, not just focused in Mindfulness, but in all other areas of life. To share and discuss these practices with other like-minded people has been fabulous, and they are fast becoming part of my daily life routines.
Each morning, just when I wake up, and again at night, just before I go to sleep, I’ve been doing a breathing practice. The aim for this is to concentrate on my breathing fully, not thinking about anything else, and capturing the present moment in the process. In the morning, it’s useful for me to slip out of my subconscious into conscious mode this way – perhaps I won’t say something straight out of my subconscious, such as ‘I can’t be bothered to get up’, ‘it’s far too comfy in this bed’ or some such ego storyline. Again, at night, it’s relaxing and calming to descend into the subconscious with no other thoughts; that, if the subconscious mind had its way, would keep me up all night and give me insomnia. Again, such drama, but when I’m just breathing, where is the drama?
I’ve also been doing a bit of creative visualisation – imagining something in the future as already being achieved. I’ve imagined having more 1 to 1 Mindfulness clients, and also the success of selling 10 books a month from my novels/poetry. They’re not huge targets to achieve, very do-able in reality terms, so it’s not a big stretch to think this could already be happening. Once I imagine the success, and feel it, more importantly, the emotional responses from this reach into the world, and…well…maybe…just maybe…
…currently, since doing the visualisation, I’ve got a new Mindfulness client doing 1 to 1, and I’ve sold 5 books so far this month (2 from an unusual source!) Is this proof then, that this sort of visualisation works?
I think part of the truth of it, if we’re thinking more in a science, logical based way, is that by creating positive intention in my life, I’m generating more positivity in my dealings with people, in my self-expression, my creativity, and rewards are coming from that alone. How important it is then, in my view, to be positive about myself, to keep an open-mind, and remain curious about the wonder that is this thing we call life. Who knows where next it will lead me?
My next intention for 2017 is to keep writing, to finish some of my projects this year, and generally reach as many people as possible with my Mindfulness teachings. If I visualise that, I wonder what will come.
It’ll be interesting to see the journey unfold.