I practice this mostly in the mornings because it helps set the tone of my day and keeps me living in alignment with what I want most in my life, but you can practice it anytime you're in need of a little personal inspiration.
Start sitting up tall in a comfortable position with a straight spine, resting your hands on your thighs
Take a few deep breaths and begin to clear your mind of any worries or anxiety
Once your mind is clear, begin to imagine your ideal self
-this 'ideal self' is the vision you have of your life if every star was aligned, if every relationship in your life fulfilled you, if you were doing a job you love, living your life just the way you'd want if everything was just right!
Don't hold anything back! Envision it all! If you can see it, you can create it
Now once you have that vision, tune into the feelings that ideal self gives you
-if you envision climbing the corporate ladder, but the feeling it gives you is uneasiness, you may need to focus more on what exactly you're seeking from climbing that ladder and see if you can create it in a place of your life that gives a more passionate feeling!
Once all of that comes together, meditate on that image and those feelings. Try not to force any thoughts. Allow the feelings that this meditation gives you to guide you. Little by little your authentic and true ideal self will emerge within your meditation
(while you're meditating on that image)
INHALE: I accept this as my ideal self
EXHALE: I release anything that holds me back from living in this truth
the other reason I practice this in the morning is because i'm more tapped into my subconscious feelings during this time. that's the truly powerful component here- this meditation is guided by your deepest desires. you may feel that something is right for you on the outside, but internally you don't feel happy or fulfilled.
Once you come out of the meditation, grab your journal and write about your experience. Get it all out on paper. Write what made you feel empowered! Write about what you felt, saw and desired in that meditation. Then -and here's the fun part!- jot down some things that you can do NOW to create that ideal self!
There was a time awhile back that I did this meditation and felt amazingly peaceful and happy with the thought of freedom. I envisioned heaps of time for self-care, yoga, dinner with friends and time to myself. At the time however, I was jam packing my schedule with classes and clients. I thought on the outside that's what I truly needed. I never took time to create a mental vision of my ideal life and then meditate on the experiene. Once I did, I realized I was feeling drained and aggrevated at the fact that I had little time for myself. I was always scheduled to be somewhere at some time. I immediately took action and freed up my schedule. It was life-changing for me! I felt such a difference! And my classes, clients, friends and family even noticed the difference. I was much more present, less frazzled and totally tuned in. Since then, I've made it a priority to include free time in my schedule. It's a non-negotiable.
So take some time to meditate on this and discover your true ideal self! Then get to work creating it!