Another spoke in the “Wheel of Excellence” is positive images. Here is a quote from the Zone Of Excellence website:
When you are parachuting, you have an emergency procedure to go through… depending on what kind of failure you have with your parachute. You’ve only got a few seconds to go through that matrix… I spent a great deal of time visualizing the scenarios and it happened to me. And it’s incredible because you’ve got that matrix down flat, you just go through it. And by four hundred feet I had the problem solved and I didn’t die. And so you get down on the ground and you go – – I won. You touched death and you won. (Astronaut)
I have a really vivid imagination for things I dread, but not for things I want to happen, especially for the minutiae of life. I can’t imagine reviewing that astronaut’s matrix over and over in my mind the way he did.
I’ve been practicing yoga since I was a senior in high school, i.e., for over thirty years. And yet I don’t really feel like I’m any “better” now than when I began. At the same time, I’ve never really “visualized” myself going through a perfect yoga routine. What would that experience feel like? What would it look like through my eyes as I move from posture to posture?
I especially struggle with the balancing postures, even the most basic. But yesterday I tried to visualize in my mind’s eye what it would feel like to do the posture perfectly, and I did notice a difference.
I think in the past I have thought, “If I want the benefits of yoga, then it’s better to do the yoga rather than visualize it in my mind.”
Could I have been wrong?