Have you ever heard of your ‘Alpha Place’? It is a place that you can go in your mind… when you are stressed or need your full concentration on a task, or even when you are trying to listen to a teacher. I should have accessed it today when I was at a county-wide inservice. After lunch, I felt like I was fading. I maybe had too much food and no caffeine and I couldn’t focus on actually a subject I’m pretty interested in exceptional children. Instead, I just started doodling ferociously…which was kind of in poor taste, because of the fact that I was sitting up front and there were only four of us in the session. To get to your Alpha Place you have to practice with your eyes open, but it usually helps when you’re learning, to close your eyes. These are the steps.
1. Imagine a place that you love to be. It can be anywhere in the world or somewhere close to home- it can even be your newly remodeled bathroom!
2. Next picture yourself walking into the space.
3. In that place see, feel and even try to smell the things around you.
4. Imagine yourself being completely content and relaxed.
This is my scene: I imagine myself walking out on our pier in Michigan with my coffee and my dog. I sit down at the end of the pier. I see two beautiful swans and a sailboat on the horizon. The sail on the boat is flapping gently. My beagle Allie is warm beside me. She puts her head in my lap. I’m sitting Indian style and I feel a light, but warm breeze blowing on my shoulders. That is my Alpha.
I should be able to access it when I wake up in the middle of the night…stressed out. I should be able to access it when, yet again, a 2nd grader informs me that there just isn’t enough time to read every night at their house. I should have been able to access it today and it is very possible that I would have been more engaged in the ‘conversation’ around me.