Another favorite tool in my personal toolbox is called Treasuring.
What is Treasuring?
Treasuring is similar to positive thinking, but instead of taking what is and trying to see it from a positive lens, you dream about already having what you want. In treasuring you pick something you really desire like love, money, a home and spend 10 minutes imagining you already have it. The more detail you bring into this imagination exercise the better!
The goal of this exercise is letting yourself believe that you already have the desired thing and then letting your mind move backwards in the time line of how you got it.
One of my favorite authors, Martha Beck, describes this technique beautifully in her book Steering by Starlight.
How to use Treasuring
Treasuring is another, and sometimes easier, way to bring positive thinking into your life. Remember this post about Gratitude and why gratitude is important? Treasuring is a simple way to create some of these new positive pathways, I discussed in that post, in our brains.
I have found that because treasuring involves more imagination, and already having what you desire, many people find treasuring easier to do and more enjoyable than positive thinking. Myself included.
Some days or events are so hurtful it’s too hard to try to see them positively, this is when I turn to treasuring. It’s a great, healthy, and easy escape from whatever might being going on in my life. You’ll notice that once you’ve spent 10 (or more) minutes dreaming about having what you desire, whatever is actually going on seems smaller and less hurtful.
I find I am able to see the current situation differently, from a more positive place, after spending some time treasuring.
When to use Treasuring
Martha Beck recommends you do a treasuring meditation 10 minutes a day for 30 days. While I think this 30 day goal is totally useful and highly recommend it, I have found treasuring to be really useful even in smaller periods of time. So if creating a goal to do this exercise for a week feels more attainable for you, go with that!
I find with my clients, breaking this assignment into weekly goals vs. monthly goals makes getting started much easier. Also, I have discovered that my clients dreams actually get bigger and evolve if we re-evaluate the assignment each week. It seems setting a monthly goal can leave us feeling as if we need to do the same thing over and over again for the whole 30 days.
**An Interesting Thing About Treasuring**
I can always tell which of my clients are doing their treasuring homework, Martha Beck says the same thing in her book. Treasuring tends to decrease the physical appearance of stress in people. After spending a week doing this exercise my clients actually look different- lighter, younger, healthier, more confident, glowing and radiant.
So what do you think? Is there room in your toolbox for treasuring???