The Power of Visualization

Visualization, also known as Mental Imagery or Visual Mental Rehearsal (VMR) can be a powerful tool when applying the Law of Attraction to your own life. Visualization is the practice of imagining yourself -no more than that- seeing yourself achieving a certain goal or obtaining a certain possession. The idea is that by picturing yourself already having your visualization, it will make it more realistic to obtain.

 

So what does it do?

In short, by ‘programming’ your brain it’s possible to make it more likely to achieve your goals and see positive results. It’s natural to be sceptical about what some may call Pseudoscience, but a quick search on the countless number of celebrities, business magnates and athletes who swear blind by Visualization, would tell you that there is most likely something to the exercise.

 

Athletes? Like who?

Perhaps the most well-known name in snooker right now, Ronnie O’Sullivan always has Dr Steve Peters, a ‘Sports Psychiatrist’ close to hand before and during big tournaments. Ronnie is told to imagine happy scenes such as blue skies, tranquil holidays etc. to get in a calm state before a match.

Wayne Rooney, current England captain and Manchester United legend, takes it even further by confessing to lying in bed and night and imagining himself scoring goal after goal after goal. That sounds like a very productive way to count sheep!

 

How Visualization can benefit you in everyday life

You don’t have to be a genius stockbroker, Hollywood star or Sports star to wreak the benefits of Visualization. You can use it as a way to give yourself a boost to do achieve smaller goals. Maybe to lose some weight, or work towards a promotion at work.

 

How do I do it?

Visualization is incredibly easy to do. The most important thing to remember is to make it as real as possible; engage all 5 senses in your visions. Go through multiple different scenarios that might take you away from your goal; just be sure to vizualize yourself overcoming each and every one of those scenarios to further boost your confidence that you can in fact bring your goal into reality.

 

But where’s the proof?

Yes hard proof of results is always the best motivator to start something new. Here you go: In a study by The Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio, researchers found that weightlifters who visualized performing bicep curls without actually doing them, regularly for two weeks found that they had a whopping 13.5% increase in strength. That’s the power of mind over the body!

 

All in all, Visualization is another yet another branch of The Law of Attraction; Attracting positive outcomes in to your life. So next time you wonder why you haven’t gotten that girl of your dreams yet, that dream job, or that gold plated Lamborghini, maybe, just maybe you should sit down, close your eyes and imagine yourself kissing that girl, signing that contract, or driving down the road at 200MPH in your ridiculous car!

 

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Positive thinking and the Law of Attraction: make it work for you

With the growth of “The Secret” and related media in recent years, the concept of the Law of Attraction has gained much attention in popular culture. What exactly is it? How does it work?

While much of the material is clouded with a New Age philosophy feel, it can be easy to dismiss the phenomenon as another trendy fad. The summaries range from overly simplistic, to needlessly complicated, which can make getting to grips with the concept a confusing prospect.

In short, the Law of Attraction states that “like attracts like”, or rather that people can draw to them what they put out. This is expanded in the language of “positive thinking”: when we focus on what could go right (as opposed to worrying about what could go wrong), we find that beneficial things happen to us.

Often this concept is presented with abstract imagery of sending out vibrations into the universe, and it somehow sensing and responding to these by placing rewards within our reach. The truth is rather more accessible. As an exercise in mind control (that is, being in charge of our own thoughts and therefore influencing our subconscious), very powerful results may follow.

For example, many of us are familiar with the trap of planning against catastrophe. This means that when we start a new venture, such as a job, a relationship, a trip, etc. we find it easier to fall into the habit of considering the pitfalls. What if I don’t make enough money to support me/my family? What if my partner leaves me? What if I have an accident while I’m travelling? Our minds become clogged with negative energy, which in turn leads to a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Habitually negative thinkers generate negative actions. We become anxious, insecure, fearful of what awaits us. This tends to mean we take more careful decisions, hesitant steps, and uncertain or feeble attempts to patch ‘weaknesses’.

The Law of Attraction seeks to mend these failures in thought processing. Instead of focusing on (potential) loss, it enables people to focus on gains. What if I am promoted? What if I’ll be with this person forever? What if I learn something new while I’m away?

By training ourselves to think on the positive, we develop a habit of creation. We become excited by and accustomed to finding creative solutions for the life we picture for ourselves. The sort of life that gives us value, brings us joy, enables us to tackle bolder, riskier challenges because we have the confidence to do so.

If it helps, ignore the murky role of the universe in this. By shifting focus on desires and how to fulfil them by creative positive things (rather than focus on avoiding negatives), people begin to project their reality on their world. They have faith in their actions, and take decisive steps to realise what they have already pictured daily.

Nurturing an optimistic outlook makes us positive people, which makes it much easier to attract relationships, pursue goals, and reach beyond out comfort zone.

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Why Meditation is perfect for finding your Zen

Meditation has long been held as way to optimize your mind and find inner peace. But is it really the mystical key to a happier life that it’s said to be?

There are references to Meditation as far back as the 6th century BC, where it was popular in China, Nepal and India. At this time it was originally performed as an exercise to strengthen the beliefs or practises of a user’s religion.

Modern Meditation can simply be used as a tool to relax, or focus the mind by… not focusing it. This may seem illogical but the thinking is that you can organize your thinking by taking a short break from the stress of thinking.

With that in mind (see what I did there?), let’s take a look at the science behind Meditation.

 

The Science

A study in 2012 by The Harvard Medical School showed the effect of undergoing meditation for just 8 weeks. Measured under MRI, The amygdala (the part of the brain which handles emotion) was shown to react differently to emotionally stimulating images after the 8 weeks were through. That basically means you can rewire your brain to regulate how you react to things even when not actively meditating.

A more recent study in 2014 showed that meditation is so powerful at countering mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety that the effect is enough to rival prescribed medication. While there is no easy cure for these disorders, imagine the result of combining meditation with medication? Surely it can only be a good thing.

An even more recent study in early 2015 demonstrated that meditation can actually slow down aging in a mature brain. The subjects who had been meditating for 20 plus years had a higher volume of grey matter in their brains than their counterparts. As grey matter is the beefy part of the brain, consisting of nerve cell bodies, neurons and synapses, you can see why you’d want to preserve that.

 

So now we’ve seen the results, let’s go over how to actually do it.

 

Technique

For all the benefits it offers, meditation is surprisingly easy to perform. You could even say it’s hard to get wrong! If you’re just starting off on your road to Zen, then it’s recommended that you do about 5 minutes to start with and build from there;

Find somewhere quiet. It doesn’t have to be under a lotus blossom tree like Buddha; Just somewhere peaceful, maybe your bedroom or garden, away from technology and most distractions. It’s advised that there are some noises for example, to actively overcome through meditating. It’s a good way to gauge how you’re doing.

You can sit, or lie in whatever position you find comfortable. Close your eyes. Focus on your breathing but don’t try to change it. Now clear your mind as much as possible. If you find yourself drifting into a train of thought or worrying about something you can ‘push it away’ and return to focusing on your breathing. Most importantly, remain calm.

Once you’ve started meditation you can advance to all sorts of things from there, including mental exercises, different positions, even walking while meditating. You can usually expect to see a difference in yourself around 2 weeks after beginning.

So, why not take 5 minutes right now? Chill out and find your inner Zen. ‘Namaste.’

 

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How clearly can you see your road to success?

You have begun learning about the Law of Attraction and how it works. Maybe you have already started the process of visualising your dream life, and what it would look like to achieve your goals. Sometimes, this can be a difficult image to keep in mind, which is where vision boards come in.

A vision board does not need to be seen by anyone but yourself, which makes it an incredibly powerful and highly customized tool to picture the life you want. Each individual has their priorities and understanding of what would make them happy, and a myriad of unique images to comfort, encourage, and inspire towards that very goal.

The best place for a vision board is somewhere that you can see daily. Attach it to your fridge, put it up over your bed, you could even hang it on your front door so it is the last thing you see before you go out and face your day.

But what is the best way to create it? What should you include?

This varies from person to person. Plenty of successful people have envisioned the life they want using vision boards, but what they aspired to might not be the same as what you want. It is also important to update your vision board as time goes on so that it is always fresh, exciting, and fully equipped to bring about the power of positivity.

The first step is goal setting. What would it mean for you to be successful? In what area? If you were to attain success, what would your daily life be filled with? What items would you surround yourself with? What locations would you regularly visit?

To answer all these questions, your quest is to collect and collate a collage of images, either from lifestyle magazines, printed from the internet, even drawn and written by your own hand. This serves as a daily affirmation, helping you keep a clear and constant image in your mind of the lifestyle you are trying to achieve.

Anything that we focus on regularly has the potential to expand. Instead of making the same mistakes of worrying about all that could go wrong, we can more easily access our vision boards at the forefront of our minds and truly picture all the things that make us feel accomplished and fulfilled.

Many people can get too literal with this approach, and find less success with this exercise. That is because it is very important to focus on how our desired lifestyle makes us feel as opposed to just filling the board with things we want. Include inspirational quotes, pictures of happy places from childhood, really fill the space with all the feel-good memories, emotions, and aspirations.

When our minds have been exposed to such images daily, success becomes a matter of habit, and not some miraculous obstacle to overcome by chance. It really is within our grasp, and it’s as simple as a poster of all our favorite things.

 

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