Mental practice can get you closer to where you want to be in life, and it can prepare you for success! For instance, Natan Sharansky, a computer specialist who spent 9 years in prison in the USSR after being accused of spying for US has a lot of experience with mental practices. While in solitary confinement, he played himself in mental chess, saying: “I might as well use the opportunity to become the world champion!” Remarkably, in 1996, Sharansky beat world champion chess player Garry Kasparov!
A study looking at brain patterns in weightlifters found that the patterns activated when a weightlifter lifted hundreds of pounds were similarly activated when they only imagined lifting. In some cases, research has revealed that mental practices are almost effective as true physical practice, and that doing both is more effective than either alone. For instance, in his study on everyday people, Guang Yue, an exercise psychologist from Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio, compared “people who went to the gym with people who carried out virtual workouts in their heads”. He found that a 30% muscle increase in the group who went to the gym. However, the group of participants who conducted mental exercises of the weight training increased muscle strength by almost half as much (13.5%). This average remained for 3 months following the mental training.
My dearest Shosh and Jaialai:
Summer is over. Another school year has started. Another important stage of your life I’ve missed. It reminds me of your song, Jaialai: “Oh babe, you’re ruining my life…” (I’m not sure how you got that out of Climax Blues Band’s “I love you”, but I like it!)
You know, I hang on to images and memories of you in the past, when we shared our lives. To this day, I cannot think about what you are like now, at this moment. The pain is too great. It’s too much of a reminder of how much I’ve missed from your life. 3 years. 7 months. 28 days. Those are just numbers. But, when I try to think of how you’ve grown, what look like now, what you must be thinking or feeling, I’m overwhelmed and must back away. Time does not heal all wounds. Nor, should it.
Visualization is a powerful tool. Use it for good. Visualize yourself being successful. Visualize us being together again. That day will come.
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I love you always and forever,