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Athletes use this technique to overcome nerves and perform at their peak. Actors use it as the heart of their craft. And, company leaders use it to envision bold new services and products for their companies. But, did you know you can use it to overcome anxiety and dependence, create new habits, test decisions, and welcome the experiences your soul needs?
You can apply this technique to any goal you have, like creating a successful business, finding your life partner, developing a deeper connection with your present life partner, cultivating health, engaging in self-care practices such as eating well, meditating, or exercising, or any creative project you would like to accomplish.
The method is”Mental Rehearsal.” In this post, you will learn the steps of this powerful tool for personal change.
The Science Behind the Technique
The premise is simple: imagining a desirable experience creates the same neural networks within your body and brain that having an experience in”real life” does. By mentally rehearsing an experience you groove the nerve pathways to more readily welcome an experience in your life. What you could envision in full sensory detail you more easily become.
You use your imagination all the time to imagine experiences you want and dread experiences you do not want. The goal of Mental Rehearsal is to consciously pave the way for experiences you desire by imagining yourself immersed in the felt experience”As If” you’re living it right now.
In brief, Mental Rehearsal familiarizes you with the felt experiences you want to have, so that you can recognize them, select them, and grow them in your life. Additionally, it helps you make decisions by imagining what different options feel like and weighing your felt responses. By way of instance, does this option feel energized and light or does it feel heavy and burdensome?
Now, you may not feel worthy of the experiences you desire or may not believe that they are possible for you. By mentally rehearsing those experiences, you learn how to become comfortable imagining yourself having them. In the procedure, what you thought was out of reach seems more possible.
To create this practice more successful, you can imagine not only the experience you would like, but also significant measures you take to get there. This makes taking these steps feel easier and much more doable.
It’s important to note that imagining a specific experience doesn’t mean this specific experience will happen exactly as you envision it to be. Life may have even better plans for you-ones you might not have imagined. What is important is to envision the experience you would like, given what you understand at this time, and meditatively engage in immersing yourself in this experience”As If” you’re living it. This generates the identical state of being as if the experience was happening in real life. And, it creates the same neural pathways in your body and mind.
As soon as you are immersed in your preferred state of being, it becomes a filter by which you can recognize and choose similar experiences in real life. Cultivating this condition of being becomes a magnet that draws similar experiences to you. By way of instance, if you long for the feeling of being loved, you mentally rehearse what it feels like to be loved, you carry this feeling with you, and you take part in loving others.
How to Exercise Mental Rehearsal
Begin by asking your heart for an experience you would like to have.
Close your eyes, take a few slow deep breaths, and envision the particular details of this experience, including where you are, who you are with, what you’re saying, and what you’re doing.
Step into this film”As If” you are taking these actions. Feel the experience with all your senses.
Is there any way you would like to alter the experience to discharge this immunity?
Once you’ve the expertise fully present with you in a way that feels great, imagine three steps you take to this experience from where you are now in your life.
Do this in reverse time order, beginning with a step you take just before coming on your desired experience. Imagine another step you take just before this one. And, finally, envision a step you take to initiate this entire process from where you are now to where you want to be.
For a simple example, say I wish to make a putt in golf. My preferred experience is seeing the ball fall into the hole. (Note: These three steps can become a routine for the actual putting of a ball in a true golf game, in addition to a tool for Mental Rehearsal.)
Notice any challenges to taking these steps and imagine how you could address these challenges.
Run the 3 steps forward, from where you are now to your desired experience. Then, rest in the sensation of your preferred experience again, so you absorb it.
Set your intention to live from this state of being and welcome experiences that grow this for yourself and others.
Keep in mind you don’t have to imagine this perfectly. You don’t have to get all the steps right. And, it doesn’t have to feel incredible at first (though it may ). Perhaps you will find you imagine failing. By way of example, when I imagined myself making a putt in golf, the putt lipped out and I didn’t make it. You can pick yourself up and try again. See if you’re able to relax more and try less. Welcoming new adventures takes practice.
If you feel resistance, unworthiness, or any other uneasy feeling about this whole process, I encourage you to simply observe and accept these feelings as they arise. Breathe through them and notice any ways they shift as you pay attention to them with calm, inquisitive, acceptance. You might ask yourself what’s underneath these feelings which is important to acknowledge.
See if it is possible to look at Mental Rehearsal as an exploration, a match in your imagination, and a fun way to step outside your usual view of yourself and life, so it is possible to imagine something fresh, exciting, and emotionally compelling. Have fun with this! You’re using untapped creative resources to step into the life your soul desires.
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