Serendipity can happen when we are seeking for answers, when we need to extract the positive out of a situation that is not in our favour or when something good is supposed to find us.
A while ago I started experimenting with Mindfulness. I was impressed how our brain and body can work to our advantage, help us destress, unwind, relax. And that is more than enough when our reality is the constant hustle and bustle in the cities we live. Decompressing, having the ability to see clear that it’s necessary to slow down, even for a few minutes, can have a great impact on the way we think, act, speak and end up in the type of life we are leading.
So clarity means happiness, joy? And is happiness something we can attain daily? If so, how? All these questions occupy my mind every now and then. They are simple, legitimate questions that we all have. The pursuit of happiness is or is not something achievable in the end?
A few weeks ago, serendipity happened. And Creative Visualisation happened too! I became familiar with this technique trough an online free call led by Lisa Nichols, an expert in Creative Visualisation. Her name didn’t ring a bell, Creative Visualisation ( I like to call it Positive Visualisation) was just another “fancy” way to get “happy” in my mind. At the end of the call, I was left astound by the power of my mind, I had created very clear pictures in my head through a very inspirational guided meditation.
So what is all the fuss about? It is about what Lisa said: Our words, our actions send signals to our brain and body and they react according to these signals. So when we visualise a place where we feel at ease and safe, we immediately begin to relax. When relaxed, choice of vocabulary is more positive hence, the brain-body relation is in a constant loop of positive thinking. Then we take action bringing in that positive attitude, seeing ourselves completing easier tiresome tasks, keeping a clear mind along the way. We might think “it’s too good to be true” reacting with caution as we were taught to behave when faced with something new. Can we be content, happy, positive all the time?
The highlight of Creative Visualisation is this in a nutshell: “All changes, even positive ones, are scary. Attempts to reach goals through radical or revolutionary means often fail because they heighten the fear. But the small steps of intention disarm the brain’s fear response, stimulating intention and action“.
Basic 5 steps to try Creative Visualisation:
- We visualise best when in a relaxed state of mind. Meditating in the morning or before going to bed is ideal.
- Actually visualise! Imagine you are in the cinema with a huge screen and project your visualisation there.
- Be grateful for the present not the future. Start with gratitude.
- Visualise with all 5 senses. Bring in colours, sounds, taste, smells and feeling of touch.
- Let go of the visualisation, but keep the feelings and emotions of what you meditated on.
We are what we think and we think what we are is a universal truth: Have you ever wondered how strongly connected are our words to our actions? First, you say it in your mind, then you say it with your tongue and then you act upon it. We already perform visualizations, perhaps try to be more creative with yours!
What Mindful Awareness and Creative Visualisation have taught me is to be grateful for the present, remember to breathe and act upon our thoughts with gratitude.
I would be interested to know what is your favourite type of meditation or relaxation technique. Feel free to contribute your thoughts and experiences.
-The Curious Mind-