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Visualization: Make it a Habit

A dock at sunset on White Sands Island in the Maldives. 

"Decide what you want.  Believe you can have it.  Believe you deserve it and believe it's possible for you.  And then close your eyes every day for several minutes, and visualize having what you already want, feeling the feelings of already having it.  Come out of that and focus on what you're grateful for already, and really enjoy it.  Then go into your day and release it to the Universe and trust that the Universe will figure out how to manifest it. "

~The Secret, pg. 92

When I first read the Secret, I was really drawn to this passage.  I wrote it down, memorized it and decided I wanted to practice doing it.  I started the visualization on my train ride to work most mornings, until it became a daily ritual.   It felt good to do — especially the part where I'd focus on all the things I was already grateful for in my life.  Actually, I usually ended up spending more and more time on just that part, listing an insane amount of things I was so grateful I had.  At the very end is where the best part came — the releasing it to the Universe part and trusting it would all work out.  I'd always have the strangest sense of calm and faith in that moment.  That a burden had been lifted from me.  That there was nothing else for me to do.  I wasn't in control and it didn't matter.  Now that's a hard thing to do — to give up control, and be ok with it.  But this exercise really helped me do that. 

It's been almost a year since I randomly stopped doing this exercise.  And I need to get back into the habit of doing it.  That's the thing — it has to be a habit, you have to practice it.  It has to become a habitual way of being.  These things don't really work when it's a one-time thing.  So get into the habit with me and see how it goes.  Nothing to lose…

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