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Marty's "Living life in chapters" A self development blog: Creative Visualization

Marty's "Living life in chapters" A self development blog

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Creative Visualization

Picture attribute courtesy of Pete Hobden

 "The problem with Martin in class is that he is a dreamer"
As a young child, that is what I heard spoken about me when I was in earshot and as if I wasn't there. I grew up thinking that being a dreamer was a bad thing. It is of course far from the truth. 

To create a vision in your minds eye of where you want to be. To "feel" that as if it were real right then and there. To taste and to smell the goodness of the feeling using the minds natural resource is a wonderful gift that I believe we all have if we choose to believe it and practice it regularly. Some find the process easier than others, but it IS something that we can learn. 

Day 6 of the Mind Alchemy workshop involves doing that very task of imagining what we want in our lives and "living" it in our mind. Personally, I found today's task relatively easy to do and very enjoyable too. I'm going to share my created and visualised story here and now.

Mind Alchemy Day 6 – Your perfect day
Read the 'Perfect Day' exercise details on the Mind Alchemy Day 6 - Your
Perfect Day and write your perfect day in here with as much details as

"It is a pleasant spring morning and I wake at 6am feeling rested after a good night sleep. The early morning light is seeping through the blind of the large picture window of my bedroom. I get out of bed and open the blinds to see the beautiful and serene view of the rural setting of my detached home. The birds are singing outside as the early morning sun begins to rise on the horizon, lighting up the early morning dew.

My wife is still asleep as I walk out of the bedroom through the spacious hallway and into the kitchen to make tea and toast. I put 2 slices of brown bread into the toaster and switch on some soothing classical music, a little Grieg. I take the morning cup of tea through to my wife and see the bedroom gradually begin to light up the airy, light, pastel coloured walls.

Walking into the on suite bathroom/wet room I brush my teeth and dress in my running shoes, shirt and shorts and start to do some gentle stretching. Just before I leave the house, I drink a glass of fruit juice, then I go for a 30 minute run down the country road leading to a coastal path across the cliffs, smiling at and acknowledging local people taking the dogs for a walk. The early morning sun has risen and there is a light fresh breeze. The sky is a bright blue with wisps of clouds.

Returning home, I take a shower, feeling full of vitality and enjoy the buzz of endorphins and serotonin naturally flowing around my body. I then go to my study and spend 30 minutes doing a meditation exercise, preparing myself for the day. I then switch on my PC and spend the morning preparing material and making arrangements for my next seminar.

My wife prepares lunch in our spacious kitchen. A salad with fresh produce from my garden that includes beetroot, lettuce, spring onions, peppers. Chicken and freshly boiled potatoes are placed on the table for the family to add to their plates.

After lunch, my colleagues from the band call round and we go into my recording studio to practice. We begin to work on some new songs through the afternoon and spend an hour planning our next few gigs as well as making final arrangements for our gig in the evening in town at the theatre.

It is late afternoon and my family gather together to go for a walk down toward the beach. We pop into a seafront cafe for a snack and refreshment before returning to my detached house to prepare for the evening where I will be playing live with the band. The whole family will be attending this event that will be covered by the local media.

Arriving at the theatre, I feel that familiar sense of excitement before our performance as people begin to enter the venue. The whole band working together preparing the equipment quickly gets us ready for the sound check and performance.

Having played 3 sets of our own music mixed with covers, the atmosphere is electric as the audience shout for more. CD's and merchandise sell well during the evening. We then pack everything and retire to the bar for a relaxing drink. We all discuss the success of the evening before returning home.

Arriving back at my detached home, I put my vehicle into the garage and sit out on the patio enjoying the peace of the spring evening and reflecting upon my day, allowing time to process the experience. As a little light rain begins to fall, I return indoors to watch a little TV before retiring to bed at about 12:30"

 Now listen!
Since Christmas, I've had the fantastic opportunity to learn to fly a helicopter! How fantastic is that? See the video......

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  • Marty, I loved your perfect day. I was there with you in the audience listening to the music, enjoying the atmosphere and having a nice pint of cold cider - Fantastic night :)

    By Anonymous Steven Aitchison, at Sun Feb 06, 01:09:00 PM GMT  

  • Hey Steve thanks so much. I feel honoured to have you comment on my blog! I guess this visualization is a little easier for me because I have already achieved part of a dream by actually being in the band!. It's something I'd wanted to do for 6 or 7 years and now its happened. Being more focussed, I can see the additional possibilities. Just carrying on doing the work required is all thats needed. I'm off to the studio this evening to add my bit to the next album. I can't wait. I'm thinking of creating a taster sound file for this in the next couple of weeks.

    By Blogger Marty BoneIdol, at Sun Feb 06, 01:31:00 PM GMT  

  • You are getting there Marty!


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sun Feb 06, 01:34:00 PM GMT  

  • Cheers DiGi old bean!

    By Blogger Marty BoneIdol, at Sun Feb 06, 03:43:00 PM GMT  

  • Hello Marty,

    I'm not familiar with the Mind Alchemy workshop but I LOVE the visualzation exercise! Visualzation is powerful, as you obviously know, and it can certainly bring great change to one's life.

    WOW! Your day really was perfect! I got excited just reading about the day you had.
    I would love to hear your band (and I envy, just a little, you having a recording studio LOL). I clicked on the youtube link but it said video private.
    Great to visit your blog!

    By Anonymous Keith, at Mon Feb 07, 02:59:00 PM GMT  

  • Dear Marty,

    WOW!! This just brought tears to my eyes and a HUGE smile to my face. What a treasure you are. What a day you created here. I related to all of it and the more and more I read the more alive I felt. It was delicious as your salad, as your morning, as delicious as the laughter in your helicopter flight. I LOVED it!! So alive, so wonderful. Thank you for sharing such vivacious joy!! :) :)

    By Anonymous Robin Easton, at Mon Feb 07, 05:22:00 PM GMT  

  • @ Keith.
    Thank you for your kind comments. I'm sorry about the "band" link to the music. I'll update it in a minute so you can hear one of our popular tracks. I promise you that you'll like it. Virtually all of our music is upbeat and motivational not only in the music but also the lyrics.

    By Blogger Marty BoneIdol, at Mon Feb 07, 06:28:00 PM GMT  

  • @ Robin.
    Now that is something. If I can bring tears of joy to somebody, that truly touches me. It gives great great hope for the future and self belief. Your words are so very kind. May you be continually blessed!

    By Blogger Marty BoneIdol, at Mon Feb 07, 06:30:00 PM GMT  

  • The "band" hyperlink on this post has now been updated and should now work. The video was filmed at my local pub at the end of last year. The song "freely" represents very much what we stand for as a band. To be free to express ourselves musically.
    I'm really happy that last night we recorded another 5 tracks that are all also very upbeat and motivational. I may share a taster of those shortly.

    By Blogger Marty BoneIdol, at Mon Feb 07, 06:35:00 PM GMT  

  • Marty- what a wonderful day and I can see/feel you are already living a good portion of it.
    As for the helicopter piloting, I think I will wait a bit before I ask for a ride.

    By Anonymous Laura, at Mon Feb 07, 09:30:00 PM GMT  

  • @ Laura I couldn't resist tempting people to wonder if I really did fly a helicopter! Lots to learn there, but then I've only had it since Christmas. Big boys and their toys eh! Having written that perfect day, I've found myself thinking of it very often. It proves Steve's infor today about our thoughts.

    By Blogger Marty BoneIdol, at Mon Feb 07, 10:20:00 PM GMT  

  • Thanks Marty, for sharing your perfect day. I've pinched the idea to write about my perfect day by blogging about it. Great stuff.

    By Blogger Haruki, at Wed Feb 09, 02:30:00 PM GMT  

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