“If you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re probably right” Henry Ford is quoted as saying something like that… but what does that have to do with imagination and grief?
The mind works with imagination and pictures and tends to be a part of leading our subconscious, that most powerful part that works under our awareness, in a particular direction. When we imagine the worse, and fill our minds with negative thoughts, our emotional and physical world seems to follow…
“But I can’t just turn off my feelings and put a happy face on!” say many people who are going through the grief process. Another bonus about the subconscious mind is that it works through association. If you’ve ever had a positive experience, a good day, or an experience where things have turned around for you, then you have the resources to source and expand on these experiences, even if they happened in the distant past.
Take a moment to close your eyes and imagine a time when you felt more secure (or whatever you’d like to feel more of right now) – you might see it in your mind, or get a feeling or impression of it. Just be there for a few moments and check in with how that is affecting your body. The more times you practice it, the easier it gets and you’ll be able to access more positive experiences, imagining them with greater clarity and feeling them with greater depth, which can be brought into your life in the present.