We absorb the things around us through our senses – sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch, as well as through spatial awareness and movement. We observe through our senses and apply meaning to our observations.

Through our experiences, we learn what we can and can’t do, what’s safe and what’s not safe – you touch something that’s hot, you burn yourself, it hurts, you don’t do that again.

The subconscious mind is there to protect us, but it doesn’t know what’s real and what’s imaginary.

Exercise 1

Before doing this exercise, please conduct your own risk assessment and determine whether this is a safe activity for you.

Stretch your right or left arm out in front of you. Keeping your feet firmly in one place, move your arm round to the right (or left) twisting round as far as you can. Pinpoint exactly where you stop and note what you see. Bring yourself back to your starting position and relax your arm by your side.

Close your eyes and imagine that spot where you stopped. Now imagine moving slightly further round.

Open your eyes and repeat the exercise: arm outstretched in front of you, feet firmly on the floor, move your arm round to the left or right, twisting as far as you can.

Most of you will have moved slightly further than the first time. Did you?

Your mind is elastic. It can move and rotate 360 – like an owl! See how much further round you can push yourself using your mind’s eye. Maybe you can go all the way round?

Exercise 2

You can be standing or seated for this exercise. Close your eyes and picture a lemon in your hand. Imagine the colour and the feel of it in your hand. Imagine cutting the lemon open and tasting it. What happens? How do you feel?

Similarly, imagine you have your favourite food in front of you. Imagine the texture, the colour, the smell, the sound, any packaging. Really picture it. Notice what’s happening in your body. How does it make you feel?

With the right tools and strategies in place, we can train our mind to progress and change.

Let me know how you get on!