Have you ever felt like you made something happen by thinking obsessively about it? I’m not talking about magical powers here, but rather your own perception of your experiences and the outer events that seem to correspond with them.
For example, have you ever gotten dressed up for an event that you really didn’t want to attend and didn’t have any clothes you felt comfortable wearing? You probably felt uncomfortable through the whole event, worried that other people were talking about you behind your back, and in fact you may have even seen people whispering while looking in your direction. Maybe they were talking about you and maybe they weren’t – but the important thing is that you believed they were.
Just like a negative focus can contribute to negative experiences, it is also possible to use this same concept to feel better about yourself. One way to do this is by performing a “lightness” meditation every day. If you begin to focus more of your attention on feeling light, slender and beautiful, you just might begin to have more experiences that correspond with such a mind-set!
Here’s how to do a Lightness meditation. Once or twice a day, find a place where you can lie down and not be disturbed for 10 or 15 minutes. Take a few slow, deep breaths and focus on quieting your body and mind. Then, imagine that you begin to feel a warm, soothing humming sensation flowing over you, relaxing away all tension.
Imagine that your body begins to feel lighter, and the pressure of your body against the bed or sofa begins to lessen. Feel yourself getting slimmer and lighter with each moment that passes, until it feels like you are actually floating a few inches above the surface you are lying on. When you come out of this meditation, you should definitely feel lighter, slimmer and better about your body – and it gets more powerful each time you do it.