This weekend one of my clients asked me how I stay bright, happy and magical all of time. So in this post, I will share with you my very own secret formula for feeling bright, happy and magical… even in difficult life situations.
Daydreaming and doodling are two of the most important activities in my day. Strangely, they are often frowned upon by our society after we reach a certain age. In fact, I once had a licensed counselor tell me that I needed to STOP daydreaming and doodling because they were “childish” behaviors. Fifteen years later, daydreaming and doodling are my most valuable tools for success and happiness.
Daydreaming and doodling will instantly connect you to your inner magic!
Daydreaming and doodling energize you and, with practice, help you achieve natural highs and relaxed, euphoric states-of-mind.
Daydreaming and doodling will bring valuable information to your awareness. This information could potentially advance your current life situation and bring you much relief and joy.
Interested in giving it a whirl? Here are three magical exercises to get you started:
1.) If you could become any person, any inanimate object, or any animal, who/what would you be? Explore this new identity or a new life situation freely. After you play out different dreams and fantasies, think about WHY you are daydreaming or doodling about this identity. What specifically appeals you? These are the characteristics, feelings, and desires that you need to explore at this moment of your life. Now you can try to incorporate things into your daily life that make you feel this way or start making changes to shift yourself into a better place.
2.) Stare at the leaves during a rainstorm, a meadow of grasses in the breeze, flowers in the sunshine, or clouds in the bright blue sky. Listen to trickling water, waves crashing, distant thunder, or wordless music. Push all negative thoughts and worries away and just let your mind float free. Allow positive images and ideas to grow inside of your beautiful mind. Immediately after letting your imagination run wild, take time to write or draw. (You could also write your own story or play out your own movie.) Then think about the significance of your images and ideas.
3.) Take a pen, marker, crayon, paintbrush…anything…and doodle. Clear your mind and just see what surfaces. Try using your non-dominant hand, your toes or even your mouth. When you are done, stare at the layers of your work of art, for there will be more than meets the eye. Variation: Doodle while thinking of one word. For instance, if I’m feeling sad, but I’m not aware of the reason why, I will doodle about being sad until the answer appears. If you don’t feel like doodling, then stare at clouds, a puddle, a pond, or even leaves and let your imagination find shapes. Your imagination will naturally kick in and the truths that you seek will surface.
If you’re not used to dreams and doodles, then these exercises may seem a bit strange at first, but please give this a try. Daydreaming and doodling, like everything else, takes practice (especially since we’ve been trained to feel guilty for “wasting time” or “not working hard enough”). I encourage you to let these societal beliefs go and relish in your own magical mind because you will learn how to make yourself feel happy and bright…and investing in your well-being is worth your time!
Happy dreams and doodles to you all!
Lots of love,