Visualising and experiencing your goal.
“How are the one word goals going?” I hear you ask.
Well, here’s a peek at some of yesterday’s twitter reflections (oh, talking about that one is going to be a tasty post!). The prompt question was: “How have you worked towards your goal today?” – the individual steps of our journey are so important to take and be aware of.
We’ve been beginning each Web Design class with a quick mediation/visualisation/focusing exercise. It’s normal to stretch your body before exercising, why not warm up your mind when you’re about to use it? We sit in an upright posture, close eyes or focus on a spot on the floor and watch our breath for 5 breaths, then we visualise our goal word.
One time it was on a hill surrounded by blue sky, the goal was coloured brightly, written in large letters like the Hollywood sign, mine was a hill on the drive from Melbourne to Ballarat.
Another time it was a neon sign on top of a building at night; then we lit it up and watched the light reach all the citizens of our inner metropolis. Looking back, I think mine was based on the Mad As Hell opening credits.
I’ve seen a range of students react positively to this sort of short exercise. One time, in a particularly boisterous VCAL Work Related Skills class, we visualised ourselves as fully qualified, surrounded by the tools of our chosen trade and feeling that sense of being really capable at what we do. As the students filed out of class at the end of the period, one quietly said to me “You’re a good teacher Sir” and continued walking out the door.
High praise indeed