Power of Presence Series
Individual Track Learning Guide
Lesson One: Visualization
Questions Worth Considering
Best Practices – (Choose at Least One)
1) “There is a practice of taking a memory or image which deeply embodies a positive quality. It demonstrates a positive part of what we are. This can be called visualization.” – Soul & Science Lesson
Try the following visualization technique:
1) Choose a memory where you felt you were at your best (strongest, wisest, etc.) or develop a picture or image of peacefulness (or another quality that is important to you).
2) Close your eyes and mindfully settle into your space.
3) Bring your chosen image to mind.
4) For a few minutes, let the image play with no analysis or over-thinking.
5) Focus on all the sensory information present in that scene and deepen the image. What is the weather like? What scents are in the air? What does your environment look like? What can you hear around you?
6) Spend about five minutes truly sensing yourself in this scene or experience.
7) When you slowly return from this self-visualization, breathe deeply five times.
8) Name or title your visualization. This will act as a memory-anchor so you can reference this experience when you really need it.
9) If applicable, share your visualization with colleagues.
2) “What we pay attention to is how we create our life.” – Russell Delman, Therapist
For one week, record moments you feel joy, pride, or peace. Don’t worry about qualifying your feelings or being “humble”. Celebrate the good moments.
3) “As a caregiver, we have the ability to offer our patients another way to experience who they are. When they’re feeling fearful, perhaps there’s a memory of courage, or if they’re anxious, they may remember a time of peacefulness.” – Soul & Science Lesson
Write down at least three meaningful questions or statements that you could use to lead a fearful or anxious individual to a memory of courage or peace. Some examples could include:
-This may be an enormous challenge, but I’m sure you’ve overcome many challenges. Could you describe a great difficulty you’ve overcome in the course of the last few years?
-As much as this is a hard situation, has there been a time where you felt overwhelmed in the past? What personal strengths have helped you move forward, despite hard times?
-Even though you are afraid, I’m sure you have a rich history of facing many of your fears. Tell me about a time you conquered fear and uncertainty.
Try using at least one of these questions/statements over the next month.