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Does it help to visualize? Hit The Cycle!

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Sep 15, 2010

GSG reader Alisa sent me her meditation CD for evaluation, and I was listening to it this morning. Over the sound of ocean waves, it says in a million ways, “I am choosing habits to lead me to my slender, healthy body NOW.”

Do you think it makes a difference to imagine positive outcomes in your life?

My son Kincade is a junior in high school. Today against Lehi High School, he hits a single, a double, and a triple. At Kincade’s last at-bat, Scooter Nelson says: “You gonna hit The Cycle, Cade?”

The Cycle is legendary in baseball. It’s happened ONCE this year in MLB. It never happened on the Thunder, the outstanding traveling baseball team Cade played on for 4 years before high school, coached by Dennis Smith, one of the best men to ever walk Planet Earth.

So Cade walks up to the plate with Scooter’s words ringing in his ears. On the first pitch, he smashes the ball 40 feet over the center-field fence.

The Cycle is a single, double, triple, and home run. See our celebratory photo after the game, below.

Every player comes out to body-slam Cade as he rolls into home plate, and Coach Nelson, of 4 state baseball championships, says, “That was psycho stuff,” and gives Cade the game ball.

He is batting 900 in his first three games of the fall, and he had 7 RBI’s tonight, winning a game against a very tough team.

How much does VISUALIZING positive outcomes matter? Imagine yourself healthy, with energy to spare, doing stuff you maybe haven’t done in a decade or more. It can happen. Not magically, but because actions start with thoughts–consistent ones that you nurture.

My 17 y.o. baseball player is the sickly, underweight, chronically wheezing kid taking five courses of steroids in his second year of life. The one whose story I tell on the site and in my latest book. Whose life did a 180 when we started eating whole foods and quit eating dairy, meat, and sugar.

[Oh, and what IS that shirt you’re wearing, you ask? I got grease all over my favorite white t-shirt and ripped a hole in it, extricating it from my bike chain today. So I let my two youngest kids “decorate” me with a bag full of Sharpie markers. Then I went to the gym in a tank top and everyone pointed out the Sharpie bleed-through all over my shoulders. BEING A MOM IS FUN!]

Posted in: Mind/Body Connection

5 thoughts on “Does it help to visualize? Hit The Cycle!”

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  1. In answer to your question, YES! It totally works! Obviously you already knew that though. At the New Earth Center in Austin I learned about Imagination Activation and imagining from your wish fulfilled rather than at it. Huge difference!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Great posts today when I checked in today. Thanks for sharing the good news. Change is always accompanied by momentum – in this case very positive momentum. Look forward to a great finish this year!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the beautiful encouragement, Robyn!

    We can all use it in our individual circumstances…

  4. Anonymous says:

    Would you mind sharing info about that CD, maybe a link to her site? Most of the subliminal tapes I’ve found have music I can’t tolerate, but ocean waves and such sound great!

    Congrats to your son! It’s so wonderful to learn about positive thinking and visualization at a young age — sets such a pattern for his life, and for anyone who’s there to witness it.

  5. Anonymous says:

    To those wanting to find the CD I gave Robyn, you can contact me at adudlcy59@hotmail.com. I can mail you the CD. It’s $15 and it goes for 32 minutes. I love the calming effect this has had on my massage clients. They even listen when they’re driving.

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