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Picture Perfect

Inspiring Imagery

A picture is worth a thousand words, right? But did you know that you can improve the quality of your life just by taking control of some of the visual stimuli that constantly surrounds you? Every day you see thousands of images on the Internet, not to mention on the television, magazines, billboards and even your cell phone. These images have been carefully designed to make you think and act a certain way—mostly to get you to buy stuff! In addition to this daily feast of designed imagery you also continually absorb the almost infinite sights of normal waking life. You process a truly phenomenal amount of information daily.

Now for the good news—your brain is an extremely fast processor of information. For example, in two seconds you can learn more by looking at a picture than anyone could possibly describe to you verbally in a few minutes. Chances are you could write a whole book based upon the information gleaned from just that one image. The best part is that your brain is so fast and so amazing that you don't even have to be conscious of the image to absorb its meaning. All advertisers know this, so you should know it too!

Recognizing all this, how can you use the power of imagery to your advantage? It is as simple as surrounding yourself with visual stimuli that inspires you. Collect images from old books and magazines that make you feel good. Sort through your favorite photos and have a few of them enlarged at the local copy shop. When you've got a nice collection of images, start to fill your walls and your life with them. Tape a picture of your dream destination inside the medicine cabinet. Place a relaxing photo on your car dashboard or group images with similar colors together in clusters. Fill up an entire wall with images that turn you on. The only rule—just have fun as you begin to notice the subtle empowering effect of surrounding yourself with uplifting imagery of your own choosing.

Jamila Tazewell
Entrepreneur, Artist, Yogini
Recommended Read: Co-Creation (The Ringing Cedars, Book 4) by Vladimir Megre 


Anonymous commented on 03-Jan-2011 05:49 PM5 out of 5 stars

Here's to COLOR and COLLAGE!

Happy Joy Joy commented on 07-Jan-2011 09:13 AM3 out of 5 stars

Thanks for sharing. I think you will find this inspiring.

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