Looking at Your Past and Future: 2 Exercises to Put You on the Right Path

Looking at the past and thinking about your future can open your eyes to making the right decisions.

It’s good to be a dreamer. Just sitting back and letting your imagination wander is great for taking a mental break, but what if you could direct your daydreams in a productive way? What if you could use your abilities of wishful thinking to achieve your goals and recognize your soul’s purpose and desires? Imagining all that you want requires a creative brain and the ability to think outside of the box. Luckily, I’ve already done the second part for you.

These two exercises of looking at the past and future will help you to visualize what you want for the future. Warning: These exercises may lead to more satisfaction, success, and, of course, more creativity…

1. Become a child again.

You may be wondering how this can be possible. If it’s been awhile since you’ve used your imagination, this can be a good challenge for reclaiming your right to think creatively and have fun. Close your eyes and try to remember yourself as a child. Around the age of five is a good time to go back to because your memories will be easier to locate.

Remember how you looked and felt, and how you viewed the world. At five years old it can seem like anything is possible. Think about what you wanted to be when you grew up.

Now, imagine walking up to the child version of you. What advice would you give to your younger self? If you could go back and do anything over, what would it be? Stay in the moment for awhile and really think about how you’ve stayed true to your younger self or how you’ve diverted from your origin. Use the information you come up with to put yourself on track for the future. It’s amazing how much we already know about ourselves. It just takes a little introspection.

2. Close your eyes and picture yourself five years into the future.

Many self-help and spirituality books suggest living in the present. I believe living in the now is very important for staying centered, but sometimes it’s just as therapeutic to think ahead. Remember, balance for the brain is key. In this exercise, I want you to give your future some thought. I’ve worked with this exercise before, and it’s helped greatly to point me in the direction I need to take to achieve my goals, and no one else’s.

Close your eyes, and envision yourself five years into the future. This may take some time, as you’re conjuring up a predictive picture of you, rather than looking at the past and seeing something that has already happened. Depending on where you are in life, it’s highly possible that you could have an eye-opening experience. You may even see a variety of pictures. Even if you’re uncertain of which direction you want to take, go with your first thought. You can meditate later over your other options, but this exercise is meant to give you focus on one point and we usually go with our first instincts.

Let the visual image unfold in your mind. What do you look like? Who is around you? What are you doing? Do not race through this exercise. Take time to study the details around you. Your intuition is talking in this moment, and what it says is important. Sometimes we won’t admit what we want to ourselves. This exercise is a calm way to let your inner-self speak. Other times, the picture we see for our futures does not reflect what we want at all. This exercise can alert you to that, as well.

I hope you found these exercises in self-discovery helpful. Sometimes a little self examination is a good thing. It can truly help you to find out what you want in life.

For more posts and related articles by Sara Kosmyna.

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