Read these instructions first, and then try it. Once you've tried it, journal about it, or document or reflect on it in a creative way. Ilarion speaks receiving affirmations from adults in his community every day growing up. Many modern people didn't receive that sort of affirmation. If that feels familiar to you, think back to a moment in your development where you neeed affirmation and didn't receive it. Imagine that you, in your present adult state, could go back in time and mentor and affirm your younger self. Visualize this in as much detail as you can. What did you need to hear at that younger age? Say it to yourself? What comfort or affirmation did you need? See if you can give it to yourself. As you do this, allow yourself to feel. You may experience both relief and grief, or a surge of other emotions. This is natural. You may find yourself almost toggling back and forth between your adult perspective and your child self. See if you can hold your child self and give them what they need. Let yourself feel this in your body, and in your heart. This is connected to lovingkindness meditation. When you are finished, reflect on how this felt. What did you notice? What emotions came up? How do you feel about it now? What did you learn about yourself?