A group of enthusiastic participants who took part in a vision board workshop on Saturday August 13 came away feeling like they were pursuing their dreams and goals, and not losing hope.
The workshop, led by facilitators Monique Westchta and Cheryl Reum, was held in Beacon Bay.
Reum says visual boarding has carried her through her life for the past 50 years, bringing her closer to experiences, people and opportunities. She says vision boards bring the subconscious and conscious together and propel desires to the forefront to guide personal action.
“Some people set goals by setting due dates when they need to accomplish very specific things, but the vision board works differently because it doesn’t require you to have a fixed date when you need to accomplish something.
“Feeling like you have to achieve a goal by a specific date can be a process that generates a lot of shame in you, especially when you don’t achieve those goals and vision boards aren’t about discipline at all. and humiliation.
“It’s about possibility and hope and getting into a mindset that welcomes opportunity.
“It’s more about encouraging your conscious mind to hold on to the life you really want and the view you have of yourself so you can bring your dreams closer to you.
“It’s a bit of science and a bit of magic and it’s been a useful practice for me throughout my life and I wanted to share that with the people of east London.” The workshop focused on promoting health and well-being in all facets of its development. Participants therefore had to start the session by thinking about what their ideal self and life would look like, in terms of health and well-being.
This first step allows the mind to tune in to symbols, images and metaphors that resonate with its desires.
Afterwards, participants were asked to leaf through magazines and books looking for phrases, images, colors and shapes that relate to their envisioned ideal self.
This immersive creative practice can reveal that to the person who engages in it.
One participant said, “The older you get, the more you realize you need to start considering yourself.
“When you are younger, you give yourself to your family and your children.
“Doing something like a vision board helps you reconnect with who you are outside of your role as a mother and wife etc. because it’s a great way to know who I am, what I want and what’s important. tome.”
A young participant said the workshop was useful as he will soon be taking exams and needs to be focused.
Westchta explained, “Everyday things can weigh you down, but the vision board gives you something you can take as a guide that can inspire you to take certain actions to live the life you want to live.”
Given the enthusiasm of the participants who took part in the workshop, Reum and Westchta will organize other sessions in the future.