A Meditation

A really powerful exercise I was taught by a wise guru* was to sit quietly, somewhere warm where you won't be disturbed for at least 15 minutes, close your eyes, breathe steady and, in your mind's eye, create a vivid picture of your best possible future self. Your dream alter-ego: the version of yourself that has achieved all you currently dream of. Consider where they live, the smells, sounds and textures that create their home/work environment. What are they wearing? What's their general demeanour? Are they busy or calm? Do you see them inside or outside? There are no fixed rules here - look out for the details of their life that mean something to you.

Now: the really powerful bit - ask them 'What do I have to do to get where you are?' Be slow and steady through this bit and bear in mind that their answer may not make a whole lot of sense to you right now, and you may not like their answer! Just accept it graciously. Before you leave, let them hand you something to take back with you. Again, don't analyse or judge , just let them hand you the first thing that comes up. 

Thank them and slowly leave, picture yourself exiting their environment and gradually returning to your current place in the universe. Stay still for a minute and let it sink in. Especially the first time, this can be a pretty potent practice and may leave you feeling a little light-headed for a minute or two - I know it did for me!

As you continue this practice, you will get more familiar with your future self and will be able to tune in more quickly. And don't be surprised if the details change. It is astonishing to see how the details from this practice can appear in everyday life. And whilst there is nothing 'spooky' happening here, you are essentially accessing your subconscious, where our deepest dreams, desires and fears reside so give it the time and respect it deserves.

(*The guru I mention is Tara Mohr: author of Playing Big - a brilliant book to reference for (mostly women) who want to live larger, both personally and professionally - that's where this exercise came from, although I read it years ago, so this is my interpretation of it.