(This is a recovered post from 2013~It has been edited to remove some broken image links. I did find the full map, though!~S)
The Memory Walking exercise is one of those that I equate with meditating. It’s also the hardest to REMEMBER to do when I really need the mental break! I should do these more often. They are VERY SIMPLE.
All you have to do is:
1. Imagine a place from your childhood. Choose either a happy place or an everyday place (not a traumatic place).
2. Remember being a kid and going to that place. Close your eyes and walk there in your imagination. Remember very specific things. Not where everything is, just some details about the place and the stuff in it that caught your attention when you went there. Don’t let the adult you analyze what things really are. For example, if there was a vent that looked like dragon’s nostrils, don’t call it “stylized air vent screen” in your mind, call it what you did as a kid!
3. Now that you have walked there in your mind, it’s time to make a map. I do not mean a diagram of your place, but a map of details that you remember as you do your mental walkthrough. For example, do you remember the door? The smell? The mouse that used to live under the sink? Draw the first thing you remember and say something about it. You’ll probably start to remember LOTS of things as you go along.
4. Draw a curvy dotted line, then draw the next thing you remember and write a little something about it.
5. Keep going until you feel like quitting. If you find you want to go on for days, here are some ways to limit yourself: Set timer (about an hour), fill the page, turn off lights and work until you run out of daylight…
Sam notes: Don’t worry if the thing you draw doesn’t look like what you remember. Or if you totally mess up. Just roll with it. If your memory item is a complicated object, just draw a suggestion of it and move on. I have the perfect example of an art mess in my Memory Map below. I wanted to toss it and start over since I was going to share it with the world. But the main reason I am doing this has nothing to do with sharing, so I had to practice what I preach!
Also, I found I wanted to say more about the things I remembered than I did here. This exercise may inspire future entries about some of the items I remember.
This is me walking you through my memory walk:
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