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Our first Sunny Saturday in forever is coming up, and naturally that’s the day I’d set aside to do my taxes (except for an hour out when I’m going to STAND for housing.) Thankfully, Isabella the blogging therapist, gave me this amazing visualization exercise to help. It may help you too, if you’re in the same situation as me! (if you are, leave a comment, and maybe we can cheer each other on, Saturday)

__________________________________________________________________happy gardener

Can you take 45 minutes to do something worthwhile?

You won’t regret it.

Make sure you are in a comfortable surrounding. Loosen the belt, take off those shoes that have been stuck to your feet for the last 10 hours. Shake yourself a bit, like a poodle coming out of the water. Put on some quiet music if you like that.

Sit comfortably. If you can hold your spine erect, all the better. Let your hands rest loosely in your lap. Close your eyes.

Aaaah. Breathe. Watch your breath. In and out, in and out. Pay attention to the outbreath and make it longer than the inbreath. Observe your shoulders relaxing as you breathe out. Make a noise on your outbreath. Aaaaaaaaaah.

Count down from 10 to 0.

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4 3, 2, 1, 0.

Imagine the zero, a big fat zero, big, big, big like an archway.

Step through it.

On the other side, you see a wide expanse. First it is foggy but as you walk further into it, you notice it is the surrounding of one of your favourite activities. Maybe a golf course. Or your garden. Or your family living room.

Take it all in.

What does it look like?
What do you hear?
What do you smell?
Touch something and walk around. What do you feel under your feet and with your hands?

If there is anything in this surrounding that does not feel good, let it evaporate. If it won’t evaporate, just don’t pay any attention to it and focus on the parts that are pleasant.

Now imagine yourself taking up your activity. Notice how easy it is. Notice how willingly your body and mind move. Notice a little smile on your face and how good your body feels. You are flowing your activity with ease, joy, grace and efficiency. It’s all good. It all feels good.

Stay there for a while. Stay in the play and flow of your activity.

Feel how energized and grounded you are by the activity and the wonderful surroundings.

After a while, when the time seems ripe, notice someone walking up to you. This person, or entity (maybe it’s an animal or a fairy? who knows), comes close, maybe shakes your hand, and thanks you. The entity thanks you for what you’re doing and tells you how your activity is benefiting all around you. Maybe it makes the flowers grow more vigorously. Maybe it helps people you’ve never heard of, in ways you had never imagined.

You take in this gratitude, drink it in, and feel it fill you with even more energy.

Then you slowly walk back to the archway. As you come close to it, you notice something lying on the ground. You pick it up and investigate it. It is your memento. Hold it close to you.


Before you walk back through the big zero archway, you look back on the place of your activity. Drink in the image. It is a place you can always come back to. It’s yours alone.

Walk back through the zero archway.

Slowly count to 10.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.

When you’re ready, open your eyes.

Look at your hands. Imagine you hold the memento.

Look around the room to see if there is something tangible that can represent the memento. If it’s small, something you can hold in your hands, all the better – but it’s not necessary, it can be anything.

Now, for the rest of the 45 minutes, go and do your taxes, or some other paper work you haven’t been enthusiastic about.

Let the play and flow of your visualized activity carry all that you do and think. When you feel stuck, look at, remember or touch your memento. Remember all the people who benefit when you prepare your taxes.

Thank you.

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Imagine if Canadians were known for being all over their money. Engaged. Proactive. Getting out of debt. Savvy. Saving. Generous. Nancy wants to help. Nancy started her own journey with money over 15 years ago, and formed her company “Your Money by Design” in 2004 to help others along the same path. It’s not the usual financial advising/investment stuff. It’s about taking control of day-to-day finances –managing monthly cashflow effectively, spending appropriately, getting out of debt, saving. If you're ready to take control over your finances, pop by her business site, YourMoneybyDesign.com


  1. Isabella! It helped! I’m serious. I just got in a flow and kept going way longer than I usually would. My memento was my recorder (as in music) and every so often I’d glance at it on the table (in the midst of the papers) and get a new little burst of energy. Thanks again for the post.


    Apr 13, 2008


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