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Practicing Visualization

Practicing Visualization

By Crown Affair

As we approach the end of this year, many of us are not only ready to put 2020 behind us but, we are also thinking about our resolutions and getting clear on what we want to accomplish next year. In support of our new year’s goals, we are practicing visualization. We are thinking about our goals, dreams, and aspirations from a different lens. 

Visualization is a tool that helps turn your imagination into reality, your intentions into being. This practice can immerse all five senses, beyond just sight, to envision your goals realized. Why is it so powerful? Your body can not actually tell the difference between a mental rehearsal and the real thing according to studies by hypnotherapist Grace Smith. Visualization also taps into your subconscious mind, making you more open, creative, and receptive. 

This week, try the visualization practice of “rehearsal imagery,” or imagining your future goals accomplished. Start your practice when you are feeling the most relaxed (this can be first thing in the morning or right before bed). Close your eyes and clearly picture the scenario of you accomplishing your goal. Incorporate each of your senses. What does success feel like in your body? What sounds are present? Who are you with? What are you wearing? Allow your mind and body to register everything that comes up. Combine your visualization with a quick journaling exercise, meditation, or mantra to round out your practice. 

"𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘑𝘢𝘱𝘢𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘎𝘢𝘳𝘥𝘦𝘯", 𝘚𝘪𝘹 𝘕. 𝘍𝘪𝘷𝘦 (2020)