I find this activity strengthens the positive pathways in the mind and feels uplifting. Completed regularly gives your wellbeing a natural boost and will banish anxiety.
Exercise 1: What feelings does every experience bring you in body and mind that’s peaceful, positive, joyful, feels good, is achievable, nurturing, comforting and positive? What does your intuition tell you about what feels good to you? Keep it simple. Write down in a journal anything that comes into your head. I suggest you take 5 or 10 minutes to do this exercise.
Here are some examples. Yours will be different, special, and unique to you:
Walking in nature: Feelings of wonder and delight from the way the light makes patterns on the trees, the sea sparkles with sunshine, enjoying changing colours in nature. Being open to and aware of feelings of connection to nature, the abundance of growth and invisible energies connecting trees, insects and people.
During leisure time: Feeling creative when drawing, experimenting with art or music playing, feeling the flow of pleasurable activities.
During exercise: Feeling energy releasing endorphins during and after exercise throughout body and mind.
Working life: Feeling good. Feeling gratitude. Feeling fulfilled, inspired and motivated.
Muscular tension: Feeling tension in muscles releasing and the mind connecting with the physical body to let go.
Time with a pet: Feeling and enjoying a pet’s affection and happy body Language. A ‘waggy’ tail brings a smile to my face inside and out.
Relationships: Positive feelings and friendly, safe connections. Feelings of being present for each other. Feeling and exchanging kindness.
Exercise 2: Ask yourself, “How do I want to feel today?” and then visualise this with all your sensory modalities. Keep it simple. Lower your expectations. By kind to yourself. You don’t need to reach high. You might visualise yourself happily walking a dog, watching the dog’s happy curiosity in the smells all around. Enjoying the pleasant, comforting and peaceful environment outdoors. Birdsong like music. The fresh air feels good on your skin. Feeling relaxed. Enjoying the freedom of open spaces. Feeling free of expectations. Free of time restrictions. Free to walk where you want for as long as you want.