The older we get, the more we feel the impact of the responsibilities we have as adults. For many, the responsibilities we hold overshadow our personal wishes and dreams. We have taught ourselves to either shelve our dreams in favor of meeting our obligations, or we dream smaller and simpler dreams, giving up those we really want.
Let’s learn to dream big again, with the knowing and the trust that if a dream calls to us, it can become a reality. Gie yourself permission to dream again, without limits and without expectation – trust that the dream itself is the beginning of something.
Learning to dream big again is the first step in creating a life of joy. Sometimes we don’t feel worthy of the dreams we have, and we shelve them. Neither your past, nor how you have perceived yourself in the past, has any relation to your right to dream and achieve those dreams.
As the dream grows, we grow.
In that growth, who you are meets the dream you have, and there is a merging into a tangible reality. As children, dreaming was as natural as breathing, and so was the belief that the dreams could be a reality. Then life happened – we forgot that the place of trust and possibility is still here, still inviting us to step back into it.
Reconnect to your dreams:
Give yourself space to step into your dream without distractions. If you are thinking about work, family or your to-do list, you cannot step into that dream space.
Be in a quiet space where you can close the door and let go of all the distractions. Sit comfortably and center yourself. Begin by deep breathing. Allow each breath to go deeper and relax all the muscles in your body. As you feel yourself relaxing, reach for whatever connects you to Source/God/Goddess/Universe, such as prayer, a gratitude practice, or moving yourself into a meditative state. Allow yourself to shed the limitations of time, circumstances, financial constraints, and current responsibilities. Now, in this space of no limits, open your eyes, reach for your journal, and write whatever comes to you. Don’t focus on the “how”. It is all about the what, and the how takes care of itself when your belief comes.
Focus your answers with the question: What do I want to do? Who do I want to be doing this with? Where is this? Fill in all the vivid details of the dream, making it so real that you can mentally touch it.
Next, take those dreams further: What would it feel like to be living this dream? What are the sights, smells, sounds around me, and who are the people with me?
Feel each dream as if it is real. As you come back to reality, see if you can pick up an object or smell a scent that calls these feelings to you so that you move back into your dream. You can create a vision board to focus this dream, and keep it front and center.
Today is the day to start dreaming again and shift your life in the direction you want it to go.
What dream stands out most to you from your list? Share in the comments.