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Imagining Your Ideal You

This visualization helps balance the importance of loving yourself as you are with the goal of realizing your personal best.

Step 1: Sit comfortably, eyes closed and tune into your breath. Notice the sensations of breathing, the feeling as the air enters and exists your nostrils, the gentle rise and fall of the chest. Bring your attention to your heart center and imagine a peaceful, loving energy emanating from your heart and spreading into every cell of your physical body. Take a few breaths to allow that energy to infuse every cell of your body. Enjoy the sensation.

Step 2: Imagine yourself as you would like to be. This is not what you think you should be, but what you truly desire. Breathe into this image. Imagine that image with each breath. You are infusing this picture of your ideal self with light, love and energy.

Step 3: Now, imagine yourself, objectively, as you are now. Release any judgment of how you think you should be. You can use each inhale to infuse this image with love and acceptance, and each exhale to release any lingering dissatisfaction or judgment of your current form.

Step 4: Finally, call up both images – your ideal self and your present self. Invite them to merge. Watch as they blend together until you can no longer discern any difference between them. Breath loving energy into this image. Allow yourself to fully experience a renewed sense of joy and purpose as you come to a place of acceptance for both what is and what could be. Know that you are perfect now as you are despite all of your human imperfections. Know that you are a beautiful, unique expression of the divine.

Namaste.

5-minute LOVE MY BODY meditation

This simple, 5-minute meditation is a great way to relax your body, calm your mind, and grow more love and acceptance for your physical body. Enjoy!

Start by tuning into your breath. Notice the pattern of inhalations and exhalations, the sensations as the breath enters and exits your nostrils, throat, chest and diaphragm. Notice the depth and pace of the breath, without trying to change anything. Just be aware.

Next imagine that you are breathing in an incredible loving energy, into every cell of your body. For visual thinkers it might help to give this energy a color. For more kinesthetic folks you can imagine the way this energy feels as it enters your body- Is it warm? It is tingly? It may also help to think of someone that you have strong loving feelings towards like a child, parent, or pet. Visualize your love pouring out of your heart towards this person or pet and then imagine that loving energy boomeranging back towards your heart where you can drink it in with your next breath.

As you continue to breath you can imagine directing this loving energy to the areas of your body that are most in need. Or you can imagine sending this energy to each part of your body starting in your heart center and radiating outward into every cell of your body. You may notice that some parts of your body are more receptive to this energy than others. Make note of any areas of resistance but don’t try to force it. You will find that the more you practice this exercise, the more receptive you will be to the beautiful loving energy.