Tuesday, July 10, 2012

4 ways to help new dreams emerge

I recall that following my divorce (and so much letting go and grief work), my dreams of a happy marriage and together-in-the-vine-covered-cottage-forever were the last thing to go. That happened when I lost my job, too. My dreams for that particular career path were the last to go.

So once you have let go, let go, and let go some more—until even your dreams are gone, how do you create a nurturing and welcoming environment for new dreams to emerge?

Here are 4 things you can do for starters:

1. Be sure you really have let go. When you are still holding on in some way to the old life, you aren't clear enough inside for new dreams to be welcomed in. If you're not done yet with your old dream, that's OK. It just isn't quite time yet for a new one. Take time for any more inner cleaning out you need.

2. List all the things on your wish list (whether that's for a career or a relationship). About what are you passionate? What's giving you energy right now? Check your bucket list and thimble list (smaller dreams) to see if they hold any clues.

3. Take good care of yourself. Get plenty of rest. Eat healthy foods. Exercise. Pamper yourself with massages, bubble baths or whatever nourishes you. Be sure you're in a good place so you can entertain dreams.

4. Spend some time each day when you have nothing planned, find a quiet and safe spot where you can do a little dreaming, and keep a journal or list of thoughts. Be intentional about this, and you might be surprised what ideas will emerge.

Want help with this? Please contact me if you do. And tell us in the Comment box how you've created new dreams if you've experienced this before.

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