For quite some time now, we have observed how the standard of meditation has become to clear the mind and relax our focus, going in the opposite direction that our busy days often force us to go.
But the practice of meditation has many faces, many ways it can be positively implemented in our daily lives. Trying to silence our thoughts is not the only way to benefit from this practice, as popular knowledge suggests.
In fact, in meditation, we can find a powerful tool to implement highly effective visualization techniques. And for those who already practice meditation by silencing the mind and distancing themselves from their thoughts, the possibility of upgrading this practice with the right visualization techniques could be especially beneficial.
But why make the switch? Why upgrade a meditation practice that you already know and are comfortable with? For starters, visualization meditation can bring massive improvements to your physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing, enhancing your healing and athletic performance at the same time.
Upgrade Your Meditation Practice: Why and How?
As we discussed widely in our previous article, there are many ways to practice visualization meditation, with different techniques available to us. Muscle relaxation, goal visualizations, and compassion meditation are just a few of the many readily available to us.
But why? For those who have no experience meditating, it could be intimidating to start with more dynamic techniques like the ones taught here. But while active, creative, and highly intentional visualization could demand more from us in comparison to staying in silence and calming down our thoughts, the available benefits are simply larger.
Then, if you regularly practice meditation, why change it? Yes, change is always uncomfortable but it is the only pathway towards real, long-lasting improvement of the self. So investing the time and undoubtedly the effort to upgrade your meditation practice can be what makes the real difference for you and your journey.
In the end, there is no right or wrong. However, choosing to try visualization meditation can make the difference when aiming for a big goal in personal and professional aspects of your life, trying to speed up the healing of emotional trauma or physical injury, positively influencing your mood, developing a greater sense of humility and gratitude through Stoic principles, improving your athletic performance, and much more.
Real-Life Cases Where Visualization Meditation Can Help
While the traditional way to meditate can have a positive impact in your life, it can be difficult to aim its benefits towards a concrete goal you may have.
This is a challenge for pragmatic, goal-oriented people who desire a more active approach, one where they can have more control over progress. Here is where visualization meditation becomes no only relevant but very powerful.
Let’s get creative and explore two cases where visualization meditation can easily become the most potent tool in your arsenal.
A Professional Challenge
There are major professional events in our lives that require the very best of us. Competing for a promotion, defending a project, or launching a new business are some examples of this.
We need to be at the top of our game but this, of course, is far easier said than done. Enter the goal visualization technique.
Because our brains have a very hard time differentiating real-life actions from the ones conceived in our minds, visualization meditation can make the most of the situation. So if we create and focus on highly positive, optimistic images during the practice, we will feel more comfortable and confident about the upcoming challenge. The goal becomes more visible and within reach.
Being Present with the Ones We Love
Healthy, loving relationships are difficult. They require time and attention, our active effort to provide them with love, kindness, and support.
Unfortunately, our partners, relatives, and friends many times deserve more of what we are investing in them, simply because it is not easy to be always present. This is an easy problem to have when we neglect gratitude-building habits that take into consideration the people in our lives.
Here, visualization meditation can provide us with a marvelous opportunity for connection and being more present with the ones we love. If we use the Stoic meditation approach, it will be possible for us to appreciate how limited is the time we have with our romantic partners, parents, children, close friends, and many others.
As we recognize the eventual death of all of us, we become more grateful for the moments we can now enjoy and therefore be present and more engaged in other people’s lives.