The Guess Who game. Are you familiar with it?
You begin with 2 players. Each player has a panel of 24 profile pictures flipped up and visible right in front of you. The other player has the exact same dashboard with the same images. You choose one person secretly and your opponent has to ask you, yes or no questions such as "Does this person have a mustache?" in order to eliminate the candidates allowing you to determine which specific person your opponent has selected.
Now apply the concept of Guess Who’s dashboard, to mentally imagine your personalized panel of all the people around the world that you know and love. From a bird’s eye view above looking down on the world, imagine these people below in whatever country or region they may be spread out.
This is a mindfulness strategy that I created a few years back and practice with regularity as it helps me to positively visualize sending as much love and care that I can out to the people who matter to me.
To begin this mindfulness practice, from a bird’s eye view of the world above, I begin to scan my way slowly around the globe. As the world passes by below me, I specifically visually whomever it is I am closely connected with, a distant friend, relative, or even someone I have just briefly come into contact with who may have made a difference in my life. I visualize their face on my imaginary 'guess who' panel and send them love and positive energy. I take a breath to allow their images to sink in and then rest their images back down. As I move around the world, a wave of loving, smiling faces appear and disappear. I repeat this process, taking slow breaths in and out until I have gone completely around the globe returning back to my original point of reference.
Sending loving kindness and energy to all those people around the world allows me to receive their energy right back. It reminds me of one of my mother’s favorite sayings ‘The more you give the more you receive’. This mindfulness exercise affirms that I am special to others and they too are so special to me. It is a beautiful way to remember that you are loved from near and far.
Stay well, breathe and remember that you are loved.
Neila Steele & Andy Vasily