I’m trying out a new meditation exercise that I really like. It may seem a little strange, but stay with me.
After finding a quiet, comfy place, close your eyes and spend a few minutes focusing on your breathing and quieting your mind. If you’re like me, getting your brain to be still is the hardest part.
After you feel relaxed and in a meditative place, imagine yourself at your very best. A completely healthy, happy, successful you. Whatever it is that you would like to change in your life, imagine who you will be once you have accomplished that goal.
In your mind, the current you and the idealized you should spend some time getting to know one another. For example, in my mind, the current me and the best possible me like to dance together, row a boat in a mountain lake together, even fly together. I imagine my current self and my ideal self embracing one another. Sharing secrets. Enjoying one another’s company.
In this exercise, your ideal self would never criticize your current self, but wants to befriend, support and nurture you. You love you!
As your current and ideal selves become acquainted, notice not only their differences, but also their similarities. Feel the joy of achieving your goals and becoming the next iteration of yourself. Delight in the merging of your ideal self and your pretty-damn-good-already self into one.
Enjoy this quiet time with you. Keep breathing. And let me know how it goes!