2 Critical Steps to Breaking Emotional Landscape Cycles!
Updated: November 14, 2012
When you begin to observe cycles that seem to repeat in your life, they’re invitations to do things differently this time around. It takes the magic of mindfulness not to be reactive and give in to the old comfortable habits. The following exercise will help you begin working with your Map.
Step 1: The In-Vision Process
Unlike with a guided visualization, this process is one that requires you to let your soul reach into your subconscious mind to tell you about your surroundings and your emotional experiences. This is active dreaming, asking your soul to translate the stories locked away inside you by inspiring your imagination to paint the picture with symbols. Sit quietly, letting the thoughts in your mind settle down or fade in volume as you focus on your breathing. Then ask yourself:
Where am I?
Allow your inner awareness to show you the landscape and all its features. Be there without judgment. Don’t slip into analyzing the place. Just notice where you are and how you feel.
Step 2: Journaling
In a journal, write your answers to these questions:
- So, where are you? What is your inner landscape?
- Have you been there before?
- When are you? Are you in the future, thinking about what might be? Or are you in the past, remembering?
- Do you feel positive emotions in this landscape, or negative ones?
- Is there a lesson to be learned here?
- Is there something to be gained by visiting this place?
- Have you been here a lot?
- Does it feel as if you keep coming back here for no reason?
- How can the experience of being in this particular landscape temporarily help you in your life today?
When you let go of the habit of running away from your present emotional state, you start to find the courage to face the difficult memories of the past and the harsh realities of the future that you may have to confront given the parameters of your personal history.
What surprised you when you did Step 1 or Step 2 of this exercise? What did you learn about yourself? I am passionate about how powerful this exercise can be and I would love to hear about your experiences. Please use the Comments section below to share your lessons with me.
In service and love,
(The preceding is an excerpt from The Map: Finding the Magic and Meaning in the Story of Your Life, Hay House, 2011)