Question: Does the “special, safe or happy place” in self-hypnosis or guided imagery have to be from a childhood place?
Answer: The peaceful, special, safe or happy place doesn’t have to be from childhood. When I’m leading a client into it, I tell them to imagine a vacation spot or someplace completely imaginary, where no one can bother them and they feel completely safe. It could be on a cloud, above the cares of the world, or on a deserted beach.
Only a few people have had a hard time with that, and usually it’s because they can’t remember ever feeling safe. In that case, I recommend that they think of a time when they felt a little safe, maybe with a trusted friend. I then tell them to continue practicing with it, because each time they’ll get a little closer to the feeling of safety.
Not only is a feeling of safety important for stress reduction, but also for any improvements in your life. If you don’t feel safe, the subconscious won’t to create anything new. It will still be in “survival mode” and consider that any change is threatening to your current tenuous sense of security.
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Cultivating focus is difficult in today’s world because of all the distractions. Fortunately, focus is a skill that you can develop with practice. When you visualize yourself focusing on a task, it makes that task easier to accomplish. You’re utilizing your natural ability to focus and rehearse your activity. Discover how this guided meditation can improve not only your ability to focus, but your success with any task.
Wouldn’t you like to learn one of the most important skills for success? That skill is focus and it’s hard to cultivate because our lives are filled with distractions from people, situations, and technology.
Fortunately, focus is an ability you have that you simply need to practice. I’d like to share a short, guided meditation that will make it easier for you to pay attention to an immediate goal or action. And it will improve your success with it. You can use this meditation at the beginning of each day or task.
First, what is your goal, desired action, task or project? Imagine that it’s something you want to work on and accomplish, just one item. Imagining doing it will make it easier to follow through on it. Visualizing also starts the subconscious mind to solve problems you might encounter.
Second, define what your motivation is to fulfill that goal, activity, or project. Why is it important to you? Dig down to the real reason, one that moves you. We’ll use that in our visualization.
Now, here we go. Close your eyes, if you’re so inclined. Take a long, slow, deep breath.
Think about what you want to accomplish, one task, today. Think of it in detail. Why is it important to you to take action on this? How will it benefit you? Consider that, and allow that motivation to grow and fill you.
Now, imagine yourself start working on your goal or task. Imagine it in detail. What does the room look like? How do you feel? What do you hear? Think, feel and imagine that it’s easy to focus on your task and bring all your resources and innovation to it.
Imagine that each step you take goes smoothly. Each step makes you more enthusiastic to take the next one, to go further. Imagine that each action you take is easy and successful. You feel calm, relaxed, creative and engaged.
You easily find solutions for any challenges you encounter. Everything else fades away until you’re done. Imagine you stay with your task until your time is up or the work is done, whatever is right for you.
Think, feel and imagine that you’re delighted and amazed at how successful you were, how much you got done. Imagine how that success feeds into your next task or project, and propels you further.
Open your eyes. Something as simple as this visualization primes your subconscious mind to support your endeavors and create more successful outcomes. Your thoughts about a situation greatly influence its results.
You’re utilizing a natural function of your subconscious mind to program your activity, your thoughts about it, and your success. Practicing this kind of visualization, before any task, will make it flow more smoothly and easily, and you’ll accomplish more. And it will develop the habit of focus for you.
For more tips and articles on mindset, motivation and empowerment, please visit my blog, EmpoweringYourMind.com. Thank you for watching. I hope you practice this type of visualization each day, and achieve all the success you deserve. Take care.
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When you’re pursuing a goal, you have to have some sort of motivation to either jumpstart your action or keep you going. There are two basic kinds of motivation, and each has their place. But there’s one kind of motivation that will inspire you in the tough times. Learn what that motivation is, and use this guided meditation to uncover the motivation that will see you through.
When you are working towards some goal, you’re motivating yourself in one of two ways: either by external or internal rewards. External motivation is what’s been called the carrot and stick model, or pleasure/pain principle. You’ve heard of that, right?
In essence, you hold something pleasant in front of you to keep going, the carrot, or you remind yourself of something painful that could happen if you stop, the stick. Have you ever done either of those? External motivation works to get you started on a project or goal, but it doesn’t really keep you committed.
However, internal motivation keeps you going through the tough times, because it comes from within you. You’re like an energizer bunny. Internal motivation brings you more satisfaction, fulfillment, and greater productivity. So how do you find your internal motivation to pursue a goal? I’d like to share a short meditation to help you discover it.
If you want, close your eyes. Take a deep breath, and let it out slowly.
Think about a goal you have, or something you want to change in your life. Ask yourself these questions:
Why is it you want your goal or change?
What is your reward or how will you feel when accomplishing your goal or achieving the change? When external reasons come to mind, such as money or approval, go beyond them, dig deeper. Find what truly inspires you.
What will encourage you to keep going, even if you have setbacks?
Open your eyes. Just asking yourself these questions will begin to stir up your internal motivation. Pick one of these questions and ask it once or twice a day. You may be surprised to find an answer will pop into your mind when you least expect it. Then use it to keep you on course to your goals.
To achieve your goals with confidence and ease in 4 powerful steps, watch my FREE training video, Set Your Course to Success. Register for the video and accompanying action planning guide at www.SetYourCourseGuide.com. One of the steps has to do with finding and using your motivation. Find the motivation that will keep you committed, and you’ll persist until you achieve your goal.
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Have you ever been caught between two decisions? It may be one in which that you habitually take the easy path, and that undermines your well being. What if you could, in the moment, receive encouragement to choose the more difficult road? This guided meditation will help you encourage and support yourself to take the actions that lead you towards your goals.
you for watching. Wouldn’t it be nice to stop procrastinating, to eat and drink
in a way that’s good for your health, to encourage and motivate yourself in a
positive way? When you turn away from the path of least resistance to the path
that is best for you, you’re building self-respect and demonstrating self-love.
Treating yourself kindly, and gently guiding yourself to decisions and actions
that support you and your endeavors brings you a better life.
Linda-Ann Stewart, and would like to lead you through a short guided meditation
to help you choose the best path that brings you long term benefits. In this
meditation, you’ll be encouraging yourself to make positive choices.
you feel like it, close your eyes. Imagine another version of yourself nearby.
This version of yourself knows what your goals are, and knows the actions that
can help or hinder your goals. This version of yourself also cares about your
well being, is more objective and able to see things more clearly.
imagine that you are faced with a choice. It’s a choice between doing what’s
familiar, what’s easiest, what will bring you immediate gratification, but will
ultimately not be helpful for you… and acting in a more mature, intentional and
reasoned way. A way that is better for you and for the outcomes you want.
imagine that version of yourself is encouraging you to make the more difficult,
but more enriching choice. This part of you gives you reasons for for making
those choices, and reminds you that you will ultimately feel better about
yourself. This part’s guidance is reassuring and inspiring to you.
that you follow that version of yourself’s advice. That you make the choice it
recommends. It could be to eat healthy foods, do the task you’ve been avoiding,
or take action towards your goal. Imagine yourself acting on the decision and
how you feel good about yourself once you’ve done so. Your choice leads to an
outcome that benefits you in the long term.
your eyes. The version of yourself I mention can help by supporting you in
making decisions that will improve your well being. In a way, you’re being your
own cheerleader. When you take the time to check in with that more objective
part of you, you’ll recognize the guidance that can keep you on course. Acting
on that advice demonstrates your care for yourself.
If you’d to achieve a 90-day goal more easily, download my free comprehensive Strategic Vision Guide. You’ll receive the guide, as well as a training video that walks you through it with tips and directions to support you in accomplishing your goal.
Thank you for watching. What one thing can you do today that supports your well being?
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Do you want to be happier, more positive, kinder and have better emotional control? Studies show that meditating on kindness and compassion can bring you all that and more. Linda-Ann leads you through a short meditation that induces a sense of compassion towards yourself and others. And you’ll also learn how you can maximize its effectiveness in your daily life.
you for joining me. Do you want to be happier, more positive, kinder and have
better emotional control? There’s a very simple way to do that. It’s by
meditating on kindness and compassion. Within two weeks of practicing this type
of meditation every day, you’ll notice an improvement in all that I mentioned.
Linda-Ann Stewart, a vision strategist. This type of meditation will also cause
you to feel better about achieving your goals. A meditation like this will
actually change your brain to cause you to be more compassionate. Isn’t that
give you an idea of how to do it, I’m going to lead you through a very short
example of this type of meditation.
your eyes. Take a deep breath. Bring to mind someone you love and care about
deeply. As you think of them, imagine a warmth in and around your heart towards
this person. Notice your feelings of love, caring, well being and good will
towards this person. You want the best for them. Imagine a golden light
surrounds your heart and contains all of these beautiful feelings. Imagine that
light goes out towards that person, filling them with all these wonderful
you do, say phrases like the following to yourself, feeling each one as a wish
for that person:
you be whole.
you be well.
you filled with peace.
you be happy.
a deep breath. Now, imagine all the good wishes from that golden light directed
towards yourself. Feel them. Again, repeat phrases like the following:
I be whole.
I be well.
I filled with peace.
I be happy.
a deep breath… and open your eyes. It feels good, doesn’t it?
don’t have to use the phrases the I used. Find phrases that work for you. The
best results happen when you do this type of meditation for 30 minutes a day.
As you go through the process, you can add different types of people.
For instance, imagine an acquaintance or someone neutral, someone that you know but don’t really feel one way or the other about. Send them compassion. And then imagine someone that you’ve had a falling out with, a conflict with, or some other negative experience with. Send them good will. This meditation will help to free you from the burden of the negative emotions associated with that person.
the recommendation is to devote 30 minutes a day to the meditation, once you
know how to do it, you can practice it at any time during the day. When you get
up, you can send good wishes to your loved ones. On the way to work, you can
send good will to your fellow commuters. And, eventually, when you have to deal
with a grumpy boss or nasty customer, you can imagine sending them kindness. It
may not improve their disposition, but it’ll do wonders for yours.
I’ll post links to a recordings that can help you. The first is a Compassion Meditation by the Greater Good Science Center that will lead you through the entire half-hour sequence. The second is a short song on Loving-Kindness, by Karen Drucker. You can memorize the easy chant and use it during your daily life. It’s one I sometimes use when I’m walking or when I’m driving.
If you’d to achieve a 90-day goal more easily, download my free comprehensive Strategic Vision guide at www.SetYourCourseGuide.com. You’ll receive the guide, as well as a training video that walks you through it with tips and directions to support you in accomplishing your goal.
Thank you for watching. May you be filled with peace and happiness.
to identify what exactly they’re feeling, and often times the most obvious
label isn’t actually the most accurate. Because of society, culture, and family
rules about ignoring or suppressing them, many people don’t even recognize that
they’re feeling anything. But it leaks out in inappropriate ways. But when
we’re able to accurately label what we’re feeling, we can decide how to address
guided imagery and relaxation are amazing remedies for stress and anxiety. The benefits
have long ranging mental, emotional and physical effects. This article gives
some specific instructions and tips on how to practice this effective
Procrastination sabotages your productivity, effectiveness, and can impact your relationships. It’s designed to have you put off what might be boring, uncomfortable or unpleasant. But those tasks still need to be done, and putting them off means that you waste your time and energy. This article shows you 4 steps and several tips to break the habit of procrastination.
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Resistance to moving forward is part of the human condition. Any goal worth having is going to stir up a reluctance to change. But resistance can teach you a lot, about why you’re reluctant and what you need to do to take action. Use the questions in this meditation to uncover what’s behind your resistance and what you can do to overcome it.
you for joining me. Are you resisting taking an action or decision that you
know would allow you to reach your goal? If so, welcome to the human race.
Whenever you want to make a significant change in your life, you’re going to
meet with some inner resistance to moving forward, right? Sometimes, there’s a
good reason for the resistance, like you don’t have everything you need yet.
Other times, it’s just a fear of change or fear of failure.
Linda-Ann Stewart, a vision strategist, and I’ve worked with hundreds of
clients over the years to overcome their resistance to achieving their goals.
Resistance has a lot to teach you, but you have to be willing to listen to what
it’s trying to tell you. Asking the right questions is a way to discover what’s
holding you back and how you can move forward.
I’d like to lead you through a very short meditation to help you ask some of
those questions and gain answers to help you.
you’re okay doing so, close your eyes. If not, just get comfortable.
some area where you’re resisting change. It could be personal, like changing a
habit or dealing with an ongoing issue, or it could be professional, like
opening up to a new opportunity. Just choose one place where you’re resisting.
Examine the issue and how you feel about it.
we’re going to ask some questions. Don’t worry if you don’t get any immediate
answers. Those answers may come in a few minutes or hours, when you’re doing
something else entirely. Right now, it’s just important to ask the questions,
exactly are you resisting?
are you resisting moving forward? Is it fear, or some other emotion? Do you
need some other piece to be in place? Why are you resisting moving forward?
would happen if you didn’t resist? If you just let go and moved forward? How
would that affect your life?
are you trying to preserve/hang onto by resisting? Is it worth it?
are you giving up by deciding to move forward? Is it something you still want,
or have you outgrown it?
might you receive from moving forward? Is it better than what you have now?
can you make this change less threatening? How can you let go of your
resistance and make it easier to move forward?
answers to these questions may not come right away. The answers may surface
over the hours to come. Just keep your mind open to recognize the answers, and
know that you can choose to act on them or not. Open your eyes.
I said, it doesn’t matter if you got any answers right away. The important
thing is to ask and be open to the information. Your subconscious will deliver
what you can accept and work with, maybe today, tonight, or tomorrow. You can
take what your subconscious tells you and make decisions that are best for you.
If you’d to achieve a 90-day goal more easily, download my free comprehensive Strategic Vision blueprint at www.Linda-AnnStewart.com/setyourcourse.html. You’ll receive the blueprint, as well as a video of that walks you through it with tips and directions to support you in you in accomplishing your goal.
Thank you for watching. I hope that the answers you get are valuable and help you resolve any resistance you might be encountering with your goal. Take care.
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What would your ideal life be for you? Once you decide what that is, you can create a plan to achieve it. Taking steps each day towards your vision will mean that you will achieve it. Use this meditation to imagine what your life would be like and rehearse your next steps. This will make it easier to follow through on them and accomplish your vision one step at a time.
Thank you for joining me. I’m Linda-Ann Stewart, and I’d like to share a meditation with you to help you create your ideal life.
do you know what your dream life would be for you? Think about what would be
reasonable and within your control to achieve. Once you’ve gotten an idea of
what that would be, develop your vision for it. A vision is important as a
guide and to help you stay on course.
vision may be several months or years ahead, and it’s hard to work towards
something that far away. So just think about the next 90 days. What specific
actions can you take towards your vision and achieve within the next 3 months?
let’s do a short guided imagery for it.
you want, close your eyes. And imagine far into the future, that you’ve
accomplished the vision you’ve created. How do you feel living it? How are you
acting? How have things changed from when you first thought about it? Are there
new beliefs, attitudes or habits you’ve developed along the way? Allow yourself
to feel joyful at having reached your vision.
return to today. Imagine your vision in the distance. And now imagine the next
90 days. How much of your vision can you reasonably achieve within that time
frame? What small actions can you take in the next week, month, and the month
after that to step in the direction of your vision?
yourself taking your next action steps. Consider how it will feel to have
completed them. Commit yourself to taking them. What can you do today and
tomorrow that will take you in that direction? Every step that you take brings
you closer to your goal.
your eyes. When you mentally imagine and rehearse your actions, it makes it
easier to follow through with them in the real world. Write down your immediate
actions and decide when and how you’re going to take them. Be specific. As they
say, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”
If you’d to achieve your 90-day goal more easily, download my free comprehensive Strategic Vision blueprint. You’ll receive the blueprint, as well as tips and directions about the 4 vital areas that support you in you in accomplishing your goal. Thank you for watching. I know you can begin fulfilling your vision by taking steps towards it each day. What action step are you willing to take today?
As a vision strategist, hypnotherapist, and speaker, Linda-Ann Stewart helps women entrepreneurs and small business owners who feel stuck, immobilized and overwhelmed to to get clear, focused and on the fast track to the next level of their business. To achieve a 90-day goal more easily, sign up for her FREE comprehensive Strategic Vision blueprint at www.Linda-AnnStewart.com/setyourcourse.html. You can contact her at LAS@Linda-AnnStewart.com or 928-600-0452.