Saturday, November 19, 2005


I told her she should create a special place where she can completely be herself. It might be a room in her house or a park near her home. It might even be a bench at her favorite mall where she can sit and sketch the happy faces of people around her. It might also be a corner table at Starbucks where she can scribble uplifting thoughts. It can be the comfortable lounge chair in her parents’ living room where she can hug an overstuffed pillow.

The only criterion here is it should be a place she can experience what she is and what she might become; a place to roam her field of dreams.

I told her to think of ideal conditions that she wants to manifest in her life. It might be about a more fulfilling love life or the financial independence she has been longing for. I urged her to begin actualizing those desires by creating detailed mental movies about them. And that she should save them in a special place in her mind for her to return to and expand upon on a regular basis.

In case disturbing thoughts overwhelm her consciousness, I told her to keep her eyes closed and focus on her breathing. She should then count the first inhale as one, the exhale as two, and so forth; return to one again after the tenth count. Should those negative thoughts persist, I advised her to firmly but silently utter the word, “Stop!” And to keep saying it until she regains total control of her thoughts. After which, resume her breathing exercises, but on a slower pace. I told her to do this for about 10 minutes, or for whatever length of time she is comfortable with.

When she likened it to meditation I said, “Sort of, but it’s more like setting the stage for a magical life.” When she asked who powers this magic, with a smile I told her, “You do, because your inner desires of good are God’s desires for you.”


posted by Señor Enrique at 6:01 AM


Anonymous noelg said...

This was a little tricky. I wondered what it is about after the first two paragraphs, where is this going, I thought. Then there it is, in italics, at the very end. Very perceptive thoughts, Enrique.

November 19, 2005 7:52 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Many thanks, Noel!

November 19, 2005 7:35 PM  

Blogger The Fish said...

Your blog is AMAZING and you are brilliant. This post is really beautiful.

September 15, 2008 11:44 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

What a humbling accolade. Many thanks, The Fish!

September 16, 2008 9:05 PM  

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