Although most people say inside they’re the same now as they were at any age, consciousness does change, if only because of the expectations we have of what is still to come. It is now well established that people suffering from multiple personalities experience physical changes that accompany the mental switch. The most obvious and dramatic change is in voice quality, but there are other measurable differences such as visual acuity, ocular tension, corneal curvature, asthma, allergies, immune function and medication response (www.dissociative-identity-disorder.org).
Someone who is at the beginning of their life may not imagine they will one day be fearing decline, and someone who is ‘over the hill’ of retirement age, or getting there, has perhaps forgotten what it is to feel they have their whole life ahead of them. It is this feeling of potential that keeps us young, and as we have all been young, it can be brought again to the surface with a simple mindfulness technique. Our thoughts and emotions are crucial to epigenetic changes in our bodies, and so learning to recapture the vibration of youth can make a huge difference to our health and well-being, as well as our appearance and lifespan. This simple meditation can be adapted by anyone to bring back not only the pictures, but the sensations, emotions and essential vibe of youth.
Let us with closed eyes cast our mind back to our schooldays.
Let us feel the sensation of being back in that building, sense the light from another time streaming back through the windows.
We picture ourselves in a classroom, with a memorable teacher.
Who is sitting around us? Recall those personalities.
What are we wearing? Feel the sensation of the material between our fingers, the pen in our pencil case, the smells of chalk dust, rubber, the fresh ink of photocopies, the school bag (what is inside?). Do we recall the colour of the school books? The form of our handwriting?
What smells are there? Mown grass? Canteen smells? The smell of chalk dust, an eraser, the wood of the desk?
Look at the desk – what marks are there? Recall the colour and shape of the chair.
What sounds are there? Cries from another classroom? The bell signaling a change of class? The sound of a sports game in the field? The voice of a teacher? What subject are we learning? Are we straining to understand what may now seem easier in later life? Is it boring, fascinating, or easy? What school trips, holidays or leisure activities are we looking forward to? Recapture those feelings of confidence or frustration.
Visualise a small area in the building. A corner by the radiator? The pile of exercise books on the teacher’s desk? A window with a view in the stairwell? Try and recall as many details as possible.
What are we working towards? A test? A national exam?
What are our primary emotions? A crush on a teacher or another student? Are we smarting from a hurtful comment? What complexes do we have, and what fears? How do we feel about going home to our families when the day is over? What is the weather like as we walk back home? Is it a winter’s day, the light already fading? Or is the heat of the day still strong?
Feel what it is to have a young body, and above all a young face. Recall the onset of menstruation for women, the rising sexual power of the adolescent boy. Do we feel attractive or ungainly?
What are our hopes? How did we feel about future employment or college, how did we imagine it before we found out what it really was like? Sense the anticipation and uncertainty of that time.
Now sink deeper and deeper into the vibration of youth until we feel we really are our younger selves. We stay with that vibration for as long as feels natural before rising up to the present time, with the sensation still with us.
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