New Year "TEA"
Visioning is an ancient practice to touch stone your authentic self, desires, and how you want to create your future.
Access your own vision, manifest your dream life, and feel your deepest source of energy through this specific mindfulness technique. Steep in the "TEA" of your own vision for a better you, a better future.
"TEA" : Theory + Evidence + Action
Leaders have vision. Those who inspire have vision. People who create beautiful things commit to a vision.
How do you commit to a vision that is an endless source of energy and joy?
You choose a vision that resonates clearly with who you are. Body, mind, heart, and soul. By tapping deeply into the very source of the essence of you, you pay attention to what you truly believe in.
Sometimes, this vision is hidden in the depths of your psyche. It takes time to reveal, unfold, manifest. This is where mindfulness practice is important. You have to arrest the attention, commit, and create the time and space for the authentic sound of your true self and wishes to resonate.
Yoga Nidra can also deepen this practice. Developed to make use of a deeper state of consciousness where brain waves slow down and a person appears asleep, Yoga Nidra is designed for you to access sankalpa, your heart's desire, and then get a sense of how your heart's desire can come into fruition.
I invite you to do your own "vision quest" into the beautiful, creative, and imaginative realm of your psyche. The psyche - your own tiny wilderness that you carry with you at all times. The wilderness that fuels your dreams and passions, enlivens your energy, and uplifts your soul.
You may say, "But I can't". Mindfulness and meditation may be challenging for you. Getting your attention to focus may difficult.
Accept this. In our age and time, we are surrounded by multiple multiple Multiple ! stimuli. Our attention is constantly being grabbed by emails, social media, fast paced television, text messages, stimulants like coffee and tea that enhance our attentive sensitivity.
Accept that your attention wanders. And bring it back.
What is "visioning" ?
Visioning is an ancient practice. One that is simple. So, you can do it. In different societies, visioning was a part of the social structure and everyone had access to it.
In the ancient America's, there were different versions of a vision quest. A person would venture out into a place away from the tribe. In a place of quiet, she or he would then focus on unfolding what was there, in the quiet. If you sit still for long enough, the mind gradually becomes quiet, thoughts get less frequent and there is more space to focus on what you desire.
In the vision quest, the person would seek knowledge in the form of a message from part of their spiritual tradition. The knowledge would arrive to her or his consciousness in the form of a sacred animal or deity. Sometimes a vision of the individual as his or her future self would appear. Sometimes, visions for the tribe, or for the world, would appear.
Based on the vision, the individual would then have an anchor, a focus, to return to daily. The focus would be made into an emblem with something worn, like a medicine bundle, bracelet, tattoo, or other object. To remind and return focus to the key important goal, the answer to the question the vision seeker would have in their heart and mind prior to embarking on the vision quest.
If you are less interested in spirituality or ancient traditions, note that scientists have had visions also. Sir Isaac Newton discovered gravity after falling asleep by a tree and accessing a different state of consciousness. Many other scientists had "aha" moments that came to them in visions, visions during dreams or altered states of consciousness, even a simple altered state of consciousness such as daydreaming.
The benefits of visioning are believed to be a deeper sense of self, a deeper connection to something greater than oneself, and clarity of purpose. Mindfulness is known to benefit by increasing focus, acceptance, relaxation, and mental agility; benefits also include reduced medical and psyche problems.
For this TEA series, my first invitation is for you to create your own evidence. Try the approach detailed below. See if it makes a difference in your life. Create your own evidence. Assess the approach at one week, two weeks, and one month intervals.
Related articles and evidence to be posted at a later time.
Action ! To act in alignment with your values is a beautiful thing. You feel a sense of ease, joy, and energy. The approach below, one I am calling the "DOVE" process, is to enrich and deepen your ability to act with alignment with your personal values. If you try this and feel you need more guidance or prefer in person coaching, do feel free to contact me to inquire into mindfulness sessions with the focus as per below.
Find a space where you will not be interrupted. Turn your computer and your phone off. Play music if you need to drown out competing sounds. Choose silence if that is an option for you. The goal of the first step is to create space to focus on your wishes, your wants, your desires.
Discover a way to make this space feel safe for you. Look around you and notice your environment. Ask that your time exploring your heart, your mind, your wishes, be protected and safe from negativity.
Seat yourself or lie down comfortably. Your body will be still for a while, so ensure that it is supported as needed.
Now close your eyes or gaze softly in front of you. Bring your attention to your heart, either the anatomical heart or the centre of your chest. Notice how your heart centre feels. Now look more deeply, as if you can peer into the centre of your being. Notice without judgment, what the center of you wants to create. What the wishes, or sankalpa, of your very center and truest self, are. Filter the wishes through ahimsa, or non-violence. How are these wishes present, with great gentleness, strength, and without harm to you or any other? Notice what comes to your attention. Arrest the attention. Keep bringing it back, relentlessly, to the focus of what you truly desire. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.
Repeat until you sense the beauty, the energy, the alive-ness of your wishes, your heart's desire.
Observe your self. Observe with an attitude of neutrality. This is very important. Keep returning the focus to that of a place of witness, of simple noticing what occurs, without doing anything about it.
Accept. Accept what you notice. Physically, emotionally, mentally, or in your belief systems, your soul, your life force energy. Accept all that occurs as simply fluctuations of the mind and attention. As if all of these are simply data points. Neither true nor false. Neither important or not important. Neither to be feared or to be upheld. Simply notice. Cultivate neutrality.
Return the attention, over and over and over again, to the focus of observing. Of acceptance. Of neutrality.
Now bring your attention to asking the question: "what do I value?" Notice what comes to mind.
Notice what comes to your senses. You may 'see' what you value in your mind's eye. On a white screen or canvas, or a white piece of paper. You might 'hear' what you value as words or sounds. You might 'feel' your values in your heart or on the surface of your skin, or located in a position in your body. You may 'smell' a scent in your mind's eye, that reminds you of a place or time or experience that deepens your awareness of your values. Allow all of your senses to come alive in order to become more aware of what you truly and deeply value.
Steep in your values.
Allow them to permeate your body, your mind, the very molecules and atoms of your existence.
Next, begin an exploration in five categories.
The five categories are body, heart, mind, soul - or life force energy for those more scientifically inclined -, and world. One at time, notice the values in each of these categories.
After you have done this, write down the values in each of the categories, leaving space to the right side of the page. Summarize the five categories on one page.
Next, return to each category one by one. Read the values, feel them, steep in them. Make them a lived and embodied experience. Now, invite your mind to clearly see the next step to making these values come to life. Just one step. Feel this step. Feel your self performing, enacting, doing, this step. If it feels arduous or effortful or non-enjoyable, look for another first step. Pick a step that feel effortless, like it stems from an internal well spring of happiness or joy or authenticity. Choose the step that sparks the most joy, and then write this step down to the right of the category.
Repeat for each category.
Embodiment option: Choose one to three yoga poses. Do these at the end of your writing. While in the pose, slow and deepen the breath. Bring your attention over and over to your values. Do these three poses every morning, every night, to reconnect to your vision.
Yoga Nidra option: Choose a guided Yoga Nidra meditation or class. Do this after the above practice to deepen your awareness of your core values.
Each day, in the morning, look at your piece of paper with the five categories. If you have time, pick a new step for each day. You can also ask, before you fall asleep at night, that the next step comes to you in dreams. When you first awake, write down what you remember from your dreams, and see if this is helpful. Or ask, when you are in the yoga pose(s), what your next step is. Choose, enjoy, choose, enjoy, choose, enjoy !
Enjoy! And happy new year ~