Last summer I participated in a workshop on visioning. I swear, John would not be the least bit surprised, at this point, if I came to him with the idea of attending a class on mind-reading or glass blowing. He has me pegged as a hippie and a nerd. I admit to both.
But the visioning workshop was enlightening. It helped me clarify my goals on a very intuitive level. The main activity of the workshop was to create a vision board. The process by which we did this was to first spend an hour going through magazines, tearing out whatever images appealed to us. Maybe it was something tangible, like a beautiful beach scene, or a baby. Maybe it was something more abstract, like a color or a look between two people. We were encouraged not to over-analyze it. In fact, I tried to maintain a sort of meditative state while doing it – not thinking, just doing. It’s amazing where your senses will lead you.
After we collected a stack of images, we then set to work on combining them on a poster board. Creating a collage of ideas, hopes and desires that brought forth into light our subconscious life goals. When I finished mine, I felt very proud. It represented me in pictures maybe even better than I could have represented myself in words. Here it is:
The reason I’m writing this post is because I think vision-boarding is an extremely helpful way to get to know yourself, and what’s in your heart, without judgment. It helps clarify what it is you really want, and why it’s important that you pursue those dreams.
I put my vision board up on my bedroom wall, above my makeup mirror, where I can look at it every morning. And I do. I see this picture:
And I think about who I want to be now – healthy, centered, and happily pregnant.
This one is John’s favorite:
Hey – he shares the bedroom. What a good sport to look at my girly hopes and dreams everyday. Thing is, I know he shares many of them.
This picture surprised me at first:
But then I realized that it meant that I don’t want to give up my adventurous side, my instinct to explore and my desire to try new things. I really want to ride an elephant someday. Moreso, I really want to hold on to that part of me as I begin to morph into my new self. These pictures remind me of where I’m coming from, what I hold dear and what I believe is ahead.