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Rock Your Health: Take a meditative journey into your future

Nurse Leader Insider, July 2, 2015

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By Carol Ebert, RN, BSN, MA, CHES, CWP

What if you were free to create your own job? What would that look like? 

Here's a technique I use when I want to create something new, but don't know where to begin. Look to the future for your answers. It's called the Future Self experience. Here goes. Feel free to use this script with your team as well.

Get a notepad and a pen, find a quiet place without interruption, get comfy, close your eyes, and focus on breathing slowly for a few seconds until you feel yourself slowing down.

Picture in your mind a beautiful relaxing scene that feels good when you think about it and let your whole body and mind get into it so you really feel it happening. Enjoy it for a little while.

Now imagine that you see someone in the distance so you walk up to that person and realize it is you in five years from now. Say hello and ask your future self "What is your life like now?"

Listen closely to the answers you get.

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