Choices, choices, choices. We have so many to make and so much to choose from: what to eat, what to do, where to go, who to see. But how often do you spend time choosing how you want to be? And what would that you look like?
Visualisation plays quite a role in many yoga classes – from ‘journey’ visualisations during relaxation to ideas which pepper the yoga path: “Rain down your hands”, “Imagine an indigo light radiating from your Third Eye”, “Breathe in cleansing, white steam and breathe out grey smoke.” This is kalpana, or constructed, intentional imagination.
Using visualisation is a highly effective method of making experience more accessible, more powerful and more memorable. And it also has proven impact; imaginative constructions, such as imagining practising scales or getting the ball in the hoop, have been shown to actually improve people’s skills and physical performance. So why not use this process to bring about a better you? 😊
Whenever suits you – during the minutes before you fall asleep or fully wake up, or on a yoga mat or sitting on your sofa in silence – try this. With your eyes closed, breathe easily and ask yourself which quality (or qualities) would improve your person. Now, ‘breathe in’ the word or an image for it and ‘breathe out’ its opposite for as long as is comfortable. Alternatively, visualise yourself embodying this quality in common situations or relive and alter experiences in which it would have served you well.
As with everything, change will only come with practice! But, over time, you should see a shift in yourself and hopefully feel more calm, centred and content, too. But don’t be too hard on yourself. As my yoga teacher often says:
Observe your Self and observe your Self gently.
Let the quality of mercy be unrestrained.
For there is nothing within your Self with which you are at war.
And remember, imagination always precedes transformation.
Ms Yogapot 🙏🏻