Jodi: The Gift of Happiness ~ Guided Imagery
Guided imagery. Ugh. For me, these two little words struck fear in my soul when I first heard them referenced in my quest to become a Kaizen Muse. I’ve never done a guided imagery before. I talk too fast, too loud, and I most certainly do not have a calming bone in my body. What the heck was I going to do?
I listened to a series of coaching calls with lovely women offering even lovelier guided imageries. I printed off GI scripts and tried to absorb them by osmosis. That didn’t work either. Then, one night, while I tossed and turned in bed thinking about my dilemma, the words started to flow. At first I tried to ignore them. I love words but these did not feel like my words. They wouldn’t stop. They were persistent, so I hopped out of bed, grabbed one of my sketchbooks, and began to write. I tweaked it the next morning and made it into a document that was perfect for printing and sharing. They were my words. My voice. I was so damn proud of myself!
I can tell you with complete honesty that I still don’t know which part of me produced “The Gift of Happiness,” but it was most certainly an experience for me. I tend to make things happen. This taught me that sometimes we need to just let things happen. We don’t always have to try so hard. With our lives, our families, our work, or our creativity. Sometimes we need to just let things unfold.
I hope you enjoy what I’ve created. I have only used it once and it resulted in my client wrapping up a table in her craft room — not exactly my intention but funny for both of us!
I’d love to know what you think of it!
Kaizen Muse Creativity Coach in training (not for long!)
Thank you Miranda!
What a delightful tool, Jodi! Thank you for sharing it here.
I had a similar experience when creating a guided visualization exercise for our Let’s Fly Minvera Project workshop. I have no idea where it came from — I only know that it works (when we let it, as you rightly point out).
“sometimes we need to just let things happen”
sounds right to me! some things just gotta percolate 😉
This is just what I needed to read today! Thank you!
Guided Imagery(GI) is a gentle but powerful technique that focuses and directs the imagination.