Exercising Your Imagination

Silhouette of girl and doveMost of us have never been encouraged to use our imagination. In fact we have often been discouraged with comments like “stop that daydreaming or why are you doing wasting time staring out the window.” When we are engaged in these activities we are letting our subconscious/unconscious mind run free to make new connections and give birth to new ideas. Rather than being encouraged to dream big, to ask questions or expand our awareness beyond the domain of our linear rational mind ,we have been consistently schooled in restricting this wonderful potential.

Our imaginations are like muscles. If they haven’t been used they atrophy and we to strengthen them to allow for optimum access. As we start to exercise our imaginations we actually form new neural connections in our brain. To start we need to relax the constant mental chatter that has us focused on the past or future and allow ourselves to be present in the moment.

Our imagination gives us access so much more of who we really are and what we know and the more we learn to use the more we are able to open up to expanded ways of being. Rather than thinking “oh I’m just making this up”, our imagination is one of the ways the universe communicates with us and helps us create in wonderful ways.

Try this. Take three deep breaths all the way down into your belly and with each exhalation let everything go and let the peace of simply being present in the moment enter you. Then imagine being in a favorite place. What do you see. If you are not visual, don’t worry about it. Instead focus on what it feels like to be there. What sounds, scents, tastes are involved. Use all your senses. The body can’t distinguish between a real experience and something that is imagined so this is a great way to give yourself a mini vacation without leaving home.

Then expand this. Try using your imagination to talk to a tree, a squirrel or a stone. See what they have to say to you. Just pretend and play with it.

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