In the mid-1960s, then British Prime Minister Harold Wilson declared “a week is a long time in politics.”
With what’s currently happening on both sides of the Atlantic at the moment, that’s never been truer.
In fact you may even want to revise “week” down to “day.”
Don’t fret, however.
We’ve always kept Moodnudges a politics-free zone, and that’s not about to change.
I simply recalled Harold Wilson’s remark when I realised that to my considerable unease I haven’t written a Moodnudge since November 7th, and five weeks is an uncomfortably long time in emotional well-being.
First, therefore, an apology.
I’ve been religiously writing, and you’ve perhaps been religiously reading, my posts for a pretty long time.
Since this is the first time I’ve gone off the radar for such a lengthy period, I definitely should have had the courtesy to let you know that I was okay.
Rest assured, I am quite fine and definitely firing on all cylinders.
In fact, after our fascinating experiment with guided imagery back on November 7th, I’ve been doing a great deal of new work.
Just to remind us both, back then I invited readers to answer a brief questionnaire, then to listen to one of several tailored audio recordings of me delivering a session of guided imagery, designed to lift spirits.
Almost 250 readers tried it out, and dozens provided insightful feedback on the Moodnudges blog, which was overwhelmingly encouraging.
Karen said, “Amazing.”
Sue commented, “Fantastic. More please.”
Ingrid added, “Definitely like to do this on an ongoing basis.”
Marie spurred me on – “Glad you are coming up with new things.”
And Sonia quite frankly left me pretty flabbergasted by saying it had left her “with a feeling of relief (she had) not experienced since 2008.”
Since this seemed an uncommonly decisive vote of confidence (!) I decided to draw breath to properly consider where I should go next.
I saw that when I wrote and recorded the experimental guided imagery over a month ago, I’d done so as a somewhat naive beginner.
Before carrying on, therefore, I wanted to learn as much as possible about this fascinating area.
A psychologist friend here in California pointed me in an intriguing direction, leading me to spend some amazing hours among the miles of shelving in the Stanford University library exploring possible connections between guided imagery and hypnosis.
It’s really, really, interesting.
You’ll be relieved to hear that I certainly don’t plan to become the next Paul McKenna, but I do think there’s much to learn from the power of suggestion which lies close to the heart of hypnosis.
I’m still not 100% clear what will happen next, but it seems to me that I should work on creating some new guided imagery sessions with the benefit of being more enlightened via my ongoing informal Stanford education.
These recordings will probably see the light of day early in 2019, but I’ll definitely keep in contact between now and then.
Who knows where the political world will be by then, though?
More positively, my very best to you at this rather odd time.
Let’s all keep going.