Weekly Practice No. 15
Every week we profile one of the “Reflect to Create! “ practices from my book, they are chosen at random from a jar on my desk. My invitation is for you to try it out if it speaks to you in some way.
This week we are profiling Practice 25: A Visualisation: Saying Goodbye to Your Baggage (from page 75 of my book).
Practice 25 is one of the dance steps in The Opening’s Suspending Habits,which focuses on letting go of what no longer serves to make space for what wants to emerge. Letting go is a powerful inward manoeuvre to free ourselves to become more open to the new.
I have chosen Practice 25 because today I am packing to leave for the America’s Coaching Supervision Conference in Montreal tomorrow. I always use journeys to review and reflect and this practice is also an invitation to myself!
There are many variations on this practice but here is the process that I follow.
- Begin by sitting comfortably with your back straight.
- Take three deep breaths.
- Feel your feet on the ground.
- Notice gently and without judgment whatever thought(s) or feeling(s) you are carrying (like anger, sadness, anxiety or tiredness).
- Allow yourself to just be.
- Now imagine holding out a beautiful golden bowl. Your bowl is your safe container.
- Allow yourself to give the bowl whatever thoughts and feelings are no longer serving you.
- Now see yourself saying goodbye and handing your bowl over to your God or to the One who forever loves you.
- Trust and believe that you can now let go and all can be well.
The metaphor of the bowl can be replaced by whatever metaphor or image works for you. Bags, suitcases and rucksacks work equally well! Sometimes writing your thoughts on paper and burning it in a safe place can also help.
A variation on this visualistion is to give the bowl whatever thoughts or feelings are no longer serving you, to hand it over to your God or equivalent and then take back what is only yours.
Have a go!
Start with small steps.
Reflect on what you are noticing.
Please do share your stories so we can all learn together.
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