Picture your Future
“In a quiet place with eyes closed, picture yourself getting on a magic carpet that takes you into the blue sky riding the currents like a bird, as far away or as close by as they take you. While on the magic carpet, know that you have all the knowledge, wisdom, skills and experience you need to be and do whatever you want. Nothing can stop you. No obstacles stand in your way. You have everything you need. You have permission and the freedom to be and do whatever you want. Continue to breathe and feel it inside you.
With that inner knowing, picture the magic carpet landing somewhere, a place where you can be truly yourself and do what you want. You get off the carpet and look around.
What do you see? Are you outside or inside? Pause to picture it.
What do you hear? Pause to hear it.
What do you smell? Pause to smell it.
What do you taste? Pause to taste it.
Are you alone or with someone? Pause. If with someone, is it one person, a group of people, or the public? Pause to be alone or with others.
What kind of clothes are you wearing to be who you are? Pause to be in those clothes.
What are you doing? Pause. What part of your body do you see yourself using? Is it your brain, your eyes, your ears, nose, voice, hands, legs, feet, your heart, your soul? Pause to do it.
How do you feel? Pause to feel it.
Now the magic carpet returns you to the present and the chair you are seated in. Gently open your eyes, move your toes and fingers, shake your hands and roll your feet, give your arms and legs a shake.
While the picture is still fresh in your mind, draw a picture or write a paragraph describing it in as much detail as you can.”
(Source: Retire to the Life you Love: Practical Tools for Designing Your Meaningful Future by Nell Smith.)