During the last week I’ve been doing something I never thought I would do. I’ve been practicing visualization. What has Kathy Freston done with my brain?! Well, this is supposed to be an adventure so I guess it’s living up to expectations. 🙂 I’ll tell you how it all went soon, but first I should walk you through how I went about it in the first place.
In pages 27 – 30, Kathy describes a basic visualization technique that she has used extensively with clients. She provides a script that you can record and play back to yourself. This was a wrinkle I hadn’t considered. The recording part I mean. It’s pretty hard to let your mind totally relax when you’re holding a book and reading words out loud to yourself. You’ve got to make a recording of yourself reading the script aloud in order to really get the full effect. And if I’m going to do this thing, I might as well DO it, right?!
Happily, my netbook has a microphone. Who knew? My Dad knew, that’s who. When I called to ask how I might go about recording myself talking, he said “I bet your netbook has one”. Right he was. If you have a Windows operating system, here’s how you can record yourself.
- From the Start menu, go to the Accessories tab
- Within that tab, select Entertainment
- From there, select the Sound Recorder
- A box will pop up with all of the familiar audio buttons (play, FF, Rew, and Rec)
- All you have to do is click the red dot for Record and start talking
- When you have gotten to end of the script (speaking slowly), click Stop
- From the File menu, select Save As
- Name your file and save it somewhere you will be able to find it
- Open Itunes or Windows Media Player
- Open your file and see what you think!
- Once you sync up with your Ipod, you can take your visualizing self anywhere.
My recording only lasted two minutes, so listening to it once a day didn’t create any kind of time hardship. I did most of my visualizing on the elliptical (what else did I have to do?). Has my life changed in radical ways in the 7 days since I started doing this crazy thing? Not so much. Do I think it’s possible that this kind of re-imagining might be beneficial in some small way? Sure I do. I can’t say that I’m committed to a steady diet of listening to my own voice while I visualize all of my radiant possibility and pedal away going nowhere on an elliptical machine, but I can see why people suggest the practice. There is probably something to be said for it. I’m not planning to visualize tmw, but I might do it again. Never say never.
Next up. Conscious eating. Kathy has LOTS to say on this topic (she’s a vegan) so who knows what kind of trouble I might get myself into.