I am a great believer that our mind, the way we think and the vision we have for our own future has a very significant impact on how that future turns out.
In my own life, if I am in need of a positive boost or if I am trying to create something new, I often use positive goal setting, affirmations and visualisation and I have frequently experienced it making a difference. When I do these things, I feel more positive, the things I want come easier, unexpected opportunities appear and synchronicities, like being in the right place at the right time, seem to increase.
I’m going to write some more about this topic in the coming weeks but for the moment I just want to introduce you to an exercise that blew me away the first time I tried it and really opened me up to the fact that it might be worth harnessing the power of my own mind. If you are someone who hates the alarm clock or who wakes up groggy in the morning you will particularly like it.
How would you like to wake up every morning, at EXACTLY the time you want to, feeling rested and relaxed ? Well you can, and you don’t even need an alarm clock. You just have to set your own internal alarm. In fact, without knowing it your internal alarm may well be waking you up each morning anyway. Did you ever notice that you seem to wake up a couple of minutes before your real alarm goes off – even if you set your alarm clock at different times. Some of you may find, annoyingly, that when on holidays your body still wakes at the time you normally get up at when working. Others may find that they’ve got an internal alarm clock that’s gone wild and wakes them at 4am every morning leaving them unable to get back to sleep.
So here’s what you need to do! Follow these instructions when you go to bed each evening and you will set your internal alarm clock and to your amazement you’ll wake up at exactly the time you set it for. Not only that, but you will also wake up feeling rested and refreshed. Doesn’t that sound good?
Go to bed as normal. Don’t set your alarm clock.
When in bed take 10 or so deep breaths and with each out breath let your body relax and consciously let go of everything that happened that day.
Close your eyes.
Next say to yourself (in your head). I have a deep and restful sleep. I wake up refreshed and ready for the day at 7:10 (or whatever time you want) in the morning.
As you say the time you are going to wake up at, visualise a clock. The old style one with hands. See the time on the clock set at the time you want to wake up. In other words if you want to get up at 7:10. Visualise a clock showing the time 7:10.
Focus on that image for 10 – 30 seconds.
That’s it. After that off you go to sleep and hey presto in the morning bet you you’ll wake up at exactly the time you wanted to.
Try it and see. I’d love to hear how you get on.
Erica McKinney is a counsellor, psychotherapist, healer and life coach with a private practise in Shankill, Co Dublin and Aughrim, Co Wicklow www.ericamckinney.com