How to create a vision for your life
Creating a vision for your life takes practice. Some of my clients find the visioning exercise comes naturally and they have no reservations in describing their ideal future lives. For other clients, visioning is more difficult and requires practice.
Your vision should inspire you, so choose a timeframe that works for you. Over time and with experience, you may find that visioning becomes easier and you can extend your timeframes. The benefit to working ten years or more in the future, is that the process becomes driven by your creative brain rather than your logical brain. Our creative brains thinking much more widely, expanding possibilities.
Vision meditation exercise
When I first started vision meditation, I found it most effective to have a friend lead me through the process and ask questions to allow me to add more detail to my vision. Once I had practiced visioning a few times, I found that I could take myself through the process and journal my vision as I went.
To start, pair up with a friend who is supportive of your visioning and plan the session together. Decide how you want to go into the meditation and how you want to be brought out of it (I’ve included some suggestions below). And choose 8-12 questions you would like to be asked as prompts in the meditation.
Choose a place that is quiet, comfortable and has no distractions.
Find a comfortable position to be in for ten minutes – lying down or seated often works well.
Close your eyes and have your friend bring you into the meditation. Suggestion: Focus on your breath, the sound of your inhale and exhale. This slows down your thought patterns and helps clear your mind. It may take a few moments.
Your partner asks you to visualise your life 10 (or 5) years from now.
- What are you doing?
- Who are you with?
- Where are you?
- What does it feel like?
Your friend asks you the visioning questions you came up with together, pausing in between each one to allow you time to explore them mentally. Finish off with the question: Is there anything else to add to your vision? This gives you space to add anything that is missing from your vision.
Your partner slowly brings you out of your meditation. An effective technique to transition back to the present is to refocus on your breathing. Then begin to bring movement back into your body, and finally open your eyes.
Immediately, write down your vision in as much detail as you can remember. Save any discussion until after you’ve done this.
Once you have written your vision down on paper, it can be useful to reflect on the process. Were you able to stay in the meditation throughout the exercise? What areas of your future life were easy to visualise? What areas were more difficult? What inspired you about your vision?
Your vision is your creation and a work in progress: review, refine, improve, and change it as you need.