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Athletes use this technique to overcome nerves and perform at their peak. Gently use it as the center of their craft. And, corporate leaders use it to envision bold new products and services for their companies. But, did you know you can use it to overcome anxiety and addictions, create new habits, examine decisions, and welcome the experiences your soul needs?
You can apply this technique to any goal you have, such as creating a successful company, finding your life partner, growing a deeper relationship with your present life partner, fostering health, engaging in self-care practices such as eating well, meditating, or exercising, or any creative project you wish to accomplish.
The method is”Mental Rehearsal.” In this post, you’ll learn the steps of this powerful tool for personal change.
The premise is straightforward: imagining a desirable experience creates the same neural networks within your body and mind that having an experience in”real life” does. By mentally rehearsing an adventure you groove the nerve pathways to more readily welcome an experience in your life. What you can envision in total sensory detail you easily become.
You use your imagination all the time to envision experiences you would like and dread experiences you don’t want. The goal of Mental Rehearsal will be to consciously pave the way for experiences you want by imagining yourself immersed in the felt experience”As If” you’re living it right now.
In brief, Mental Rehearsal familiarizes you with the felt experiences you want , so that you can recognize them, select them, and develop them on your life. Additionally, it makes it possible to make decisions by imagining what different options feel like and weighing your own felt responses. For example, does this option feel energized and light or does it feel heavy and burdensome?
Now, you might not feel worthy of the experiences you need or may not feel that they are possible for you. By mentally rehearsing those experiences, you learn how to become comfortable imagining yourself .
To create this practice even more effective, you can imagine not only the experience you desire, but also significant measures you take to get there. This makes taking these measures feel easier and more doable.
It’s important to remember that imagining a particular experience doesn’t mean this specific experience will happen exactly as you imagine it to be. Life may have even better plans for you-ones you might not have imagined. What’s important is to imagine the experience you would like, given what you know at this time, and meditatively take part in immersing yourself in this experience”As If” you’re living it. This generates the identical state of being as though the experience was occurring in real life. And, it generates the exact same neural pathways in the human body and brain.
As soon as you are immersed in your desired state of being, it becomes a filter by which you may recognize and choose similar experiences in real life. Cultivating this condition of being a magnet that draws similar experiences to you. By way of instance, if you long for the feeling of being loved, you mentally rehearse what it feels like to be loved, you take this feeling with you, and you engage in loving others. Then, you notice how loving relationships blossom in your life.
How to Practice Mental Rehearsal
Start by asking your heart for an experience you’d like to have.
Close your eyes, take a few slow deep breaths, and envision the specific details of this adventure, including where you are, who you’re with, what you are saying, and what you are doing.
Step into this film”As If” you’re taking these actions.
Notice any resistance. Is there any way you want to alter the experience to release this resistance?
Once you have the experience fully present with you in a way that feels great, imagine three measures you take to this adventure from where you are now in your life.
Do this in reverse time order, beginning with a step you take just before arriving in your preferred experience. Imagine another thing you take just before this one. And, finally, envision a step you take to initiate this whole procedure from where you are now to where you need to be.
For a simple example, say I want to make a putt in golf. (Note: These three measures can become a routine for the actual putting of a ball in a real golf game, in addition to a tool for Mental Rehearsal.)
Notice any challenges to taking these measures and imagine how you might tackle these challenges.
Run the three steps ahead, from where you are now to your desired experience. Then, rest in the sensation of your desired experience again, so you really absorb it.
Set your intention to live from this state of being and welcome adventures that grow this for yourself and others.
Keep in mind you do not need to imagine this perfectly. You don’t need to get all the steps right. And, it does not have to feel incredible at first (though it can). Perhaps you will find you imagine failing. By way of instance, when I imagined myself making a putt in golf, the putt lipped out and I did not make it. See if you’re able to relax more and try less. Welcoming new adventures takes practice.
If you feel resistance, unworthiness, or any other uncomfortable feeling about this whole process, I encourage you to simply observe and accept these feelings as they arise. Breathe through them and notice any ways they change as you pay attention to them with calm, inquisitive, acceptance. You might ask yourself what is underneath these feelings which is important to admit.
See if it’s possible to look at Mental Rehearsal as an exploration, a match in your imagination, and a fun way to step outside your normal view of yourself and life, so it is possible to imagine something new, exciting, and emotionally compelling. Have fun with this! You’re using untapped creative resources to step in the life your soul needs.
Enjoy your practice!
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