Long time no see

Not to give the game away or anything, but Happy New Year.

Yes, this is my first Moodnudges post of 2019.

It’s been a long time, right?

I hope your own year has got off to a good start, and thanks to a number of readers who have been kind enough to enquire about me in my absence.

Thankfully I’ve stayed healthy and in a pretty good state of mind.

So why the silence?

Well, back in December I wrote that I was looking into guided imagery as a possible emotional well-being tool, and it’s that which has kept me busy.

Actually, you can sample some of my progress a little down the page.

For the past couple of months, it’s felt best that I should work away at learning more about how to help people create “mind pictures,” allowing myself to make mistakes, then improvements, without exposing the world to my embarrassing attempts.

I can tell you, there have been more than a few of those.

My learning process has partly involved listening to experts’ recordings, then re-writing and re-recording some of them.

It’s turned out to be a great way to acquire knowledge from some highly talented practitioners.

An amusing side note: when I recorded an experimental piece designed to help with sleep, it took herculean efforts to get it edited, as it kept making me want to drop off.

Although I’ve come a long way, there’s still further to go. But I do feel somewhat comfortable about sharing a recent recording.

I’ll be delighted for you to try it out, and as ever will be super-grateful if you can leave me some feedback on the Moodnudges blog.

I can tell you, I learned a ton when many commented on my first attempt last November.

I promise you, I’ve improved since then.

Just to prepare you, the recording is 17 minutes long, and you’ll need to find the time to focus on it somewhere comfortable, hopefully where you won’t be disturbed.

Important: No listening while driving, please.

The theme of this session is about opening your mind to thinking differently.

I really hope you’ll find it of value.

And as I said, all feedback will be very gratefully received.

Here’s the recording.

4 thoughts on “Long time no see

  1. Dear Jon
    I found this recording immensely helpful, even though it has left me feeling emotionally rather raw. I know that my recent feelings and expressions of anger are deeply rooted behaviours going back to childhood experiences, and yet when very stressed I still allow myself to be taken over by them. Such feelings may not go away, but I need to simply recognise them and yet react differently – this has helped me re-understand that. Your talk seemed to go by in a flash, it did not feel like 17 minutes! Thank you so much.

    1. Hello Rebecca,

      Thank you for writing this thoughtful and honest reflection. It seems to me that you did some really important processing as a result of listening to the recording. I’m pleased to hear that you felt able to engage with it as you did, even though it resulted in some rather raw emotional feelings.

      To me, this suggests you were definitely working through things.

      I’m very grateful for your input.

  2. “By now, though, you’ve learned that there’s no sense in living in the past.”

    This is my lesson for the year, if not my entire life. I’m in the middle of packing up for our move next week; our landlord is selling the property. It’s been a trying and emotional rollercoaster for me as I mull over each item I own, every book, every craft material, every electronic gadget or kitchen appliance, attempting to assess it’s worth and ‘keep-ability’ in downsizing my life to something more manageable and more affordable in a smaller rental. And in listening to your latest guided imagery, Jon, I realize how much these possessions aren’t things that I own, but rather, things that own me.

    I’ve always been scared of the future and what I cannot foresee. The monsters from childhood don’t hide under my bed or in the closet. They’ve always lived in my mind. And to give myself the illusion of safety and security from the monsters, my focus and attention is mostly rooted in the past, as evidenced by the fortress I’m now dismantling from long-forgotten belongings caked with dust that should have been donated or discarded, ages ago.

    I’m absolutely terrified when it comes to “letting go and moving on” in most aspects of my life. This time is no different. And if there were ever a time in my life when the call to “act differently” was paramount, now is the time. Thank you, Jon, for this meditation. I have a strong sense that I’ll be listening to it several times over the course of the next several days and weeks.

    1. Judi, you write eloquently and articulately about being on this rollercoaster as you prepare for your coming move. It very much interests me that the recording appears to have created a place for you in which you could think about things that were inspired by its words, rather than actually contained within them, if that makes sense.

      I’m encouraged that you feel it’s worthy of return visits, too. Thank you for your really helpful feedback, greatly appreciated.

      Good luck with your coming move.

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