One of the more famous brand slogans in recent years is Southwest Airline’s “Wanna Get Away?” The essence of their hilarious commercials is that when life gets to be too much, Southwest Airlines will transport you to your desired destination.
What if you could transport yourself to where you wanted to be, and experience the joys of being there, without physically traveling – at least not right away?
If this sounds like a plot to a science fiction story, it isn’t. In fact, getting away from the stressors of life is a lot easier than you might think.
In this article and accompanying video, I am going to share what it means to “play with your desires”after 60. This is part of my recent series titled, “5 Simple Steps to Being What It Is We Seek.”
Whether you were imagining yourself running outside or playing with your toys, daydreaming of ways to have fun was as natural as breathing when you were a child.
Now that you are 60 and over, how often do you daydream without feeling burdened by distressing thoughts and limiting beliefs that tell you this is a waste of time?
Growing up, we were told that to fit in and succeed in the adult world, we had to take life more seriously. We could no longer play with our desires through our imagination. As adults, our desires had to be experienced in the physical world or they were not valid.
I’m the first to admit, it doesn’t get much better than embracing someone you love, going on a dream vacation, having a healthy body, or enjoying the financial freedom to buy what you desire.
But it can take time for a desire to materialize. For example, due to logistics, turning your desires into a physical reality after 60 may not be immediately feasible.
What if there was an easier way to experience your desires, whenever you wanted?
It starts by playing with your desires.
Playing with your desires is imagining what you want is fulfilled before any outer physical action is taken. This not only increases the quality of your life after 60, but it fast tracks your desires into physical reality with the least amount of resistance.
Most of the resistance comes from dismissing your desires through limiting beliefs.
Some limiting beliefs convince you your desires are not possible. Others tell you that to have what you desire requires sacrificing your fun and working hard.
This takes us back to getting away.
In this case, what you are getting away from are limiting beliefs and outward distractions that keep you stuck in an uncomfortable rut.
Growing up, I don’t remember too many adults taking time to slow down and daydream their desires into reality. Not surprisingly, as an adult I did not do so either.
It wasn’t until my early to mid-60s that I rediscovered the power of daydreaming. At first, I put up resistance to slowing down and using my childhood imagination to get what I wanted.
I was relying on limiting beliefs that told me the only way to get my desires met and have fun was to set a lofty goal and work excessively hard to achieve it. This might have worked earlier in my life, but it was not producing the joy and fun I desired after 60.
Through research for my second book, I began to reacclimate myself with what it means to be consciously connected with my inner child. Doing so opened me up to the benefits of slowing down and playing with my desires though my childhood imagination.
To play with your desires through the use of your childhood imagination requires you to slow down from an overly busy lifestyle. To help with this, here are five simple steps.
Sit down in a quite space and begin conscious breathing. To help, close your eyes and count backwards from 50 to 0 at a steady pace.
With your mind quieted, the next step is to choose a desire that lights you up. Allow yourself to sit with this feeling for at least 30 to 60 seconds.
Get playful with your desires by unleashing your childhood imagination with zero limits. Allow yourself to explore what it is like to live through your desired experience.
Anchor your experience by making it more tangible. Talk it out into your phone’s recorder, journal it, or both.
Not all desires are going to be quickly manifested. That should not stop you from living your desires in your daily reality. Take the experience and apply the emotional joy to other areas of your life.
These five steps radically changed my life for the better after 60. It is my intention that they will do the same for you.
For more insights on these steps, especially number five, join me in the video. To help you integrate what you are learning, I will also guide you through three journal prompts.
Have you given yourself permission to know what you desire after 60? Why? Which desires have you been able to manifest, and which have you yet to reach?