Recently I returned to Rome, the eternal city, after 20 years. My memories from that time are some of the happiest of my life. I was young and went to Rome to volunteer to help kids in an underprivileged area. It was an adventure to say the least and I was full of awe at a city that was soaked in beauty and history. Twenty years later I am still struck by the abundance of what the city and its people have to offer. Revisiting places.
This week, if you can, revisit a place that connects you to a time in your life when you felt truly alive and connected and happy. I know it may not be possible to actually go there but closing your eyes and allowing your imagination to return to that place in your mind is the next best thing. Use all of your senses to recall the colours, aromas, sounds and tastes of that place and time. When you have reconnected into that feeling, open your eyes and bring the feeling of joy and freedom with you as you go about the business of living.
This week, tap into the power of your imagination. Living in the present moment is an incredible technique that helps you to appreciate the wonder of being alive. However, if your imagination feels like going on a journey, allow it to roam free and see your future. Allow your mind to visualise your dreams as if they are already true. The beauty of the subconscious mind is that it does not understand the difference between reality and imagination. By closing your eyes and visualising whatever it is that you desire your body and mind will benefit from a sense of accomplishment and success.
In addition to experiencing an incredible moment in your mind, you are laying the seeds that will allow you to realise your dream both in your mind and in reality. When we use our minds in this way, we automatically look for and act upon opportunities that allow our dreams to become our reality. This is mindflight.
We humans are unique in our ability to imagine. When we close our eyes and imagine something our body will respond as if the event is really happening. Numerous experiments have shown that people can increase their physical skills by imagining themselves practising the skill. For example, in one experiment, two groups of people were taught a series of notes on the piano. Neither group had ever played before. One group practised playing the notes for five days, two hours per day. The second group simply imagined playing the notes for the same amount of time. At the end of the experiment, the “imagining” group had improved almost as much as the “practising” group. In fact, they had completely caught up after two hours of hands-on practice. Further, their brains showed objective changes in the neurons that control the skills.
This can be used to our advantage – we can start to create our lives in the way that we wish them to be by using the power of imagination. There are no limits to the power of imagination.