Imagination is the doorway you walk through into every future
moment. Are you walking through doorways to pain or to joy?
~ Daily Coach Tip, Martha Beck
I, for one, often play out imaginative scenarios of what things might be like. Our imagination is key in how we create our days and future occurrences. Have you ever noticed that the lottery jackpot was way up there and then imagined what you would do if you were to win that much money? That is a positive imagination and very good for us to do often. I have gotten so into this imagination before, that I even draw out what the houses would look like that I would build on a private chunk of land for myself, my family and my close friends. So we could all live near each other in a private community. It is a lot of fun to imagine that. It is important for us to express our positivity in imagination. Any imagination or day dream that involves joy and happiness is ideal. It allows us to separate ourselves from our current reality and be in the moment of pure joy. This is very much like meditation.
Sometimes when I feel bored, I like to watch animals and imagine that they can talk and then create what they are saying to each other. This is also a fun one for me and distracts my thoughts away from boredom or negativity. I remember waiting in a car one day and I felt bored. I noticed two squirrels messing around together in the grass. I began to create what they were saying to each other. Next thing I knew, I had a smile on my face and the time flew by quickly. I can not imagine life without animals in it. I have five cats and two dogs in my house. Two of the cats pretty much live in my bedroom with me and are attention hogs. I very much missed them when I was away for three weeks.
See how imagination can help us? It fills up empty time and keeps us from being bored. It also allows us to create positive scenarios and shift our thoughts away from the negative. As children, imagination was second nature. Some how we loose this as we grow up. We focus way too much on reality and the negative side of it all. Yet, reality is perception and we can direct our perception to a different reality.
I have times where my pain levels are through the roof. I have learned over time, that accepting that I need to lay down in order to get through the pain, is a positive thing and not a negative one. How we view it affects how we feel. If we fight the fact that we need to rest, we cause more tension and in turn, more pain. Though, if we acknowledge it as a time needed for rest and allow ourselves to rest without any negative association to it, we can flow through the experience in a much more positive place. Instead of telling yourself negative things about how you hurt so much and it sucks that you have to go lay down, tell yourself that your body needs some rest and you will feel much better after you allow yourself to rest. Nothing is more important than you! How you perceive the situation will greatly affect how you handle it.
We have to find a way to accept that life has shifted in a different direction, but we do not have to apply negative labels to this shift. We need to find the positive things in every situation. For instance, my body is telling me it needs to rest, now I can catch up on some of the reading I wanted to do. Or, allowing my body the rest it needs will nourish my inner Goddess and bring out more of my own beauty. When we fight the fact we need to rest, we tense up our entire body and in turn that causes pain levels to go even higher. Fighting is not a good thing for this. Acceptance is the positive road. The key here is to write down these things and affirmations while you are in a good place in your body and mind, because if you try to think of it all when your in a ton of pain, you won’t be able to.
Distraction is a tool we all need to use. Sometimes we need to distract our human mind away from negative thoughts or situations. This is where having a hobby comes in handy. Anything that will remove your thoughts from the negative and onto your creation. My mother likes to doodle on paper. I have tried this and it is a good one to have near by. Just drawing shapes or lines even, will distract your thoughts away from the negative. Imagining things is also a form of distraction.
Be gentle you yourself. Allow yourself the rest that you need and use your imagination when ever possible. Do not say negative things to yourself, but rather say positive and loving things. Life is constantly changing and nothing stays the same. Finding a way to go with the flow of change will make your journey in this life a much happier one…………