Release Date: 02 January 2013
Publisher: Hay House
How to dream outside of your sleeping world . . .
It's time for us to think about our dreams for a change. It's time for us to dream big. I often invite people to form an image of what optimum health might look like for them or imagine what their ideal self might be with all of their obstacles eliminated. I ask them to tell me some of the deepest desires of their heart, what keeps coming up for them to do, be, say, or live that may not be happening yet.
A guest I saw at Miraval is an interventional cardiologist practicing in the Midwest. She doesn't really want to practice medicine the way she does now. She hates what she does. It's eating her alive. She has every stress-related problem you can think of, from headaches and gastritis to insomnia and palpitations. What she would really love to do is work with horses and handicapped kids.
After we talked, I discovered that she lives very close to where I used to live and practice. And isn't it interesting, I know someone in that community who has a ranch with horses and engages with disabled little ones to build balance, muscle tone, and self-esteem.
I believe this is how life works. There's a force out there that wants us to live our dreams. We just have to get over, under, or through all of the walls we create.
I gave this individual the contact information for the ranch. I hope she acts on this bit of synchronicity; I don't believe in accidents. Stuff happens for a reason...all of it. I may not be able to see or feel the connections in the moment 'and I may never see them' but they are always there.
My first recommendation for her was to start dreaming big. I asked her to make a vision board, a piece of poster board with cut-out pictures, words, phrases, and ideas from magazines, newspapers, and paper advertisements that describe the desires of your heart or your ideal self. I suggest you make one yourself. Design your vision board by taking the dreams of your imagination and making them concrete, even if they're just pictures on a poster board.
I once cut out the picture of the six-pack abdominal muscles I wanted to have. I kept thinking about what I would look like to have abs like that. It took me 12 weeks and some serious sweat, but I got them and the vision in my head kept me motivated to make it happen. Transformation occurs from the inside out.
Anything you desire to change on the outside must first be changed internally. The physical transformation happens later. Start by dreaming it up. Seeing the vision inside is the most important part and has to happen first.
As you create a goal, first understand what the destination looks like in your mind. Using all of your senses, flesh out every aspect of what will happen in your imagination. How does it look, smell, and taste? What sounds do you hear? What do you hear people saying? What do you say when you?ve made it? How does it make you feel to have made your dream come true?
Make this vision real by putting it plainly in front of you every single day, and then work on the next big question: What's getting in the way?
About the Author
James P. Nicolai, M.D., is the Medical Director of the Andrew Weil, M.D., Integrative Wellness Program at Miraval Resort and Spa, the first interactive, integrative wellness program of its kind at a destination spa resort. He is a board-certified family practitioner and a graduate of the Integrative Medicine Fellowship at the University of Arizona in Tucson, under the direction of Dr. Andrew Weil. Dr. Nicolai's expertise is in combining conventional medicine with the intelligent use of complementary and alternative therapies, including herbs and other botanicals, vitamins and supplements, nutritional counseling, lifestyle management, and stress reduction.
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