The Conceptual Age

Lawyers. Accountants. Computer programmers. That’s what our parents encouraged us to become when we grew up. But Mom and Dad were wrong. The future belongs to a very different kind of person with a very different kind of mind. The era of “left brain” dominance, and the Information Age that it engendered, are giving way to a new world in which “right brain” qualities-inventiveness, empathy, meaning-predominate.

The Conceptual Age an era where individuals grow richer, technology becomes more powerful and the world grows more connected,  we enter an era of society of creators and meaning meakers.

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That’s the argument at the center of this book A Whole New Mind, which uses the two sides of our brains as a metaphor for understanding the contours of our times.

I invite you to fill THE CARD THAT KEEPS YOU ON TRACK to relate to the things that you consider most important in your life, to help you to achieve the best of yourself for this Conceptual Age.

The Mirror Exercise

The exercise is called The Mirror Exercise,  stand in front of a mirror by yourself.

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For the first few seconds, just stand there and really look at yourself, deep in your eyes. Chances are you’ve never done this before, so it will probably feel very uncomfortable or awkward, and you may find yourself turning away from the mirror! Rest assured that this is normal, and simply direct your gaze back to your eyes and send yourself as much love and acceptance as you can. Really look at yourself and see what you look like to the outside world. Look at your eyes, your skin, your forehead, your nose, etc.

Say out loud to yourself “I love you” and then your full name. Do your best to just stick with any feelings that come up, whether positive or negative. They are just feelings and you can accept them and allow them to be.memo you said you would finish.

The idea is to acknowledge and appreciate yourself for things you achieved during the day, month or life. Again, aim for 5-10 things and remember you are saying these things out loud to yourself!

While continuing to look at yourself in the mirror, flow love and compassion towards yourself as best as you can. Now you want to find things that you love about yourself and acknowledge those qualities. For example, “I love that you have such pretty eyes.” “I love that you are such a loyal friend.” “I love how creative you are.” “I love how toned your arms are.” You can focus on things you love about yourself that are either physical characteristics or that have more to do with who you are as a person. The key is to find things about yourself that you can truly love and appreciate and acknowledge yourself for.

At 83, Louise Hay is a wise person and writer — a woman who’s lived an extraordinary life   that has inspired millions.  She used the mirror exercise and help herself to change her life and so of so many more.

 

The thought of doing the mirror exercise  can feel awkward or silly. It’s just not an easy thing to do. I tried it and feel embarrassed. Then I found myself focusing on the wrinkles around my eyes, the hair and the way my skin seemed to sag a bit at my throat. Difficult exercise but I sticked to it!.

After a while, practicing this exercise, an internal shift occurred. I started to develop a deeper, more loving relationship with myself.

It’s not unusual to feel silly, embarrassed, like crying, or just generally uncomfortable.  Hang in there.  It gets more fun the more often you do it—and you deserve it!

I would suggest to write in THE CARD THAT KEEPS YOU ON TRACK the things that you love about yourself.