To reflect or to project? That is the question.
In our culture, reflection is viewed as a sign of morphing beyond the daily zip-zipping into the meditative ohm-ohmming. For some of us, reflection keeps us grounded. For others, it’s an abyss where depression threatens to swallow us in its void. Though I've spent most of my life in reflection mode, I've recently emerged to embrace projection. Here's why.
Dissing My Morning Pages (gasp!)
During the past few years, I’d been compelled by Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way to write my daily morning pages. This was a sometimes-successful method of keeping in touch with my more artistic self while working through my dark past. Then, something happened. I felt I had recovered from the prior Mindi and no longer wanted to linger there. That’s when the morning pages took me into a cavernous void.
Instead of working through past issues, I began to fabricate non-existent current issues. I began digging too deep in search of something wrong with my life or some problem to fix. Thing was–my life was in the best shape it had ever been. This was a wake up call for me. It was time to stop reflecting and start projecting.
What is Projecting?
It’s simple in theory. Instead of working through the negative issues, focus on reaching towards positive opportunities.
Here’s how I began my own version of Projecting Practice.
Instead of spending the first 30 minutes of my day writing out my morning pages, I began my apply-to-one-dream-job-a-day challenge. Each morning became an adventure…what company or job opportunity would I apply to next. My husband even became excited about my morning ritual and supported me every step of the way. Little did the two of us realize how that type of focused Projecting would land us in the Bay area at my dream job in San Francisco within less than 60 days!
Begin Your Own Projecting Practice
There are several ways to perform your own Projecting Practice, so take the opportunity to explore what works for you. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Set your alarm 10 minutes early. While lying in bed, visualize some positive affirmations, goals or dreams during those first waking moments. (If you’re a night person, do this exercise prior to falling asleep.)
- Keep a gratitude journal. My mentor, Kelvin Thomas, taught me this. Each day, write down 10 things you are grateful for.
- Create a physical or virtual vision board. Post to it as often as you feel inspired to do so. I have both a Pinterest vision board and a physical vision board (see photo above).
Do you have any others to add to our list of Projecting Practice ideas? Leave a comment below.
Stay tuned! Next week, we’ll discuss Lessons Learned from Practicing Projection.