If you could have it any way you wanted it, what would it be? Can you fully describe your perfect day? I bet you can conjure up some images of lying on a beach somewhere, or snuggling up in a cabin in front of a roaring fire. It might be dream vacations that pop into your head when you think of your ideal day.
But, that’s not enough.
Depending on what your heart really desires to experience in this life and your personal definition of vacation, no matter how much you love those getaways and opportunities to travel the world, I bet there are aspects of your day to day life that matter to you just as much ~ maybe, even more.
Several years back, I had the opportunity to spend a couple weeks in Greece. It was beautiful and I loved the chance to just kick back for a bit and free myself from any external pressures I had been experiencing back home. After a few days though, I caught myself on fast forward to “retirement” and very aware of a great discomfort with the idea. I have since decided that I am not in any rush to “retire” ~ shift and transition into different speeds and areas of focus but retirement? I don’t think so.
This was another turning point for me as I lounged poolside in the scorching heat. Yes, I was having fun but there was something missing for me. I felt disconnected from a sense of purpose and passion in my life. And that is so sad to say considering I was on my honeymoon at the time. But, that’s another story for a different day.
What Makes Everyday Meaningful
I just had this sense of emptiness and lack of meaning ~ sitting around, walking through the streets ~ as beautiful as it all was ~ was not enough to feel my soul for any length of time. Oh, but when we had the chance to connect with some of the locals and listen to their stories, I felt much more engaged. I became aware again of my deep need for connection ~ for witnessing another’s story ~ my strong curiosity in human nature ~ and my need to be contributing to the world around me in some small way. It has to have meaning.
So, I’m not talking about your Ideal Day in terms of those very few days each year that you get to step out of your daily routine. I’m talking about your Ideal Day within your daily routine. Why wait for vacations to enjoy life? That seems like a colossal waste of time to me. And a huge missed opportunity.
Creative Visualization makes it Feel Real
When I first began creating my personal mini retreats, I was reading Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain. This was my first brush with ideas and concepts related to the Law of Attraction. I integrated Shakti’s exercises and suggestions into my retreat agenda and often used the practice outside of those days as well.
One of my favorite activities involved the creation of my Ideal Day. Here are some of the steps involved:
- Find a quiet space and a chunk of uninterrupted time
- Begin by closing your eyes or getting into daydream mode ~ perhaps, staring out the window
- Start at the top and imagine your day from the moment you open your eyes until the moment your head hits the pillow at night
- For the purposes of this exercise, try not to get into any particular situation you are facing, challenged by or trying to manifest right now. You can use this exact same practice to creatively visualize those areas later on. Right now, it’s just all about the perfect day
- So see yourself moving through your day ~ choose one that includes your “work” or “service” as you understand and define that
- In your mind’s eye, move through each moment of the day and see yourself engaging in those activities that matter most to you
- In your heart, connect with the feelings that are generated within you throughout this perfect day ~ Really feel it
- If you notice any internal naysayers pipe up, acknowledge their presence, thank them for their input and let them know you’ll get back to them later
- Once you have wrapped up your visualization, take some time to put it in writing. You may uncover more details when you do this. It is also a record you can come back to later on. More importantly, your declaration and intention gains power when you write it down
- Probe into your feelings further ~ if you sense excitement, what is that connected to for you? If you experience doubt, examine that more closely. Is there an underlying core belief that needs some revision? Create mantras by rewriting new belief systems that more fully align with the Ideal Day you are crafting
- Finally, conduct a little evaluation. How do your current circumstances reflect your Ideal Day? How can you build on this to create momentum and overcome any areas that lack that ideal energy?
Let’s get started!
Tell me all about your Ideal Day ~ I want to hear every tasty detail!