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"We have more control over our body than we think we do. Unfortunately, most of us live on automatic pilot, paying little or no attention to our many body departments, that is until loud screamers interrupt us."....Elizabeth Bohorquez, RN, C.Ht
As the stress of life continues to increase it is important to develop a life-style which enables you to cope creatively and successfully. As an important element of this it is very worthwhile to adopt some method of relaxation or similar technique, and it can be useful to 'shop around' first until you discover what works best for you.
Learn to use visualization by developing a personal relaxation scene.
Visualization is an important step in easing tension. The first step is to create a "relaxation scene". The scene can be based on a real experience (such as a vacation resort, beach, or walk in the forest), or it can be totally made up. Think back to a place and time where you were almost totally relaxed. Think of a vacation, walking in a forest, tanning at the beach, looking out over a lake, or just sitting in your backyard watching the trees grow. If you choose an event like a vacation, be sure to dig up some photographs to remind yourself of exactly what the scene looked like. Pick one particular scene or event and stick to it. Be as specific and detailed as possible. Real experiences and memories usually work better, but feel free to embellish and fantasize. Try to be alone within your relaxation scene (this time it's personal!). Some examples:
"I am rowing a wooden boat, alone, on a small lake in upstate New York. It is the middle of July. I can hear a waterfall in the distance and the gentle splash of the weathered oars entering the water. I look out over the glassy water and notice a lone, graceful bird skimming the surface. The trees are dark green, and bent over with the weight of a recent rain."
"I'm lying on a beach at sunset. It is the beginning of summer vacation from school. There isn't a cloud in the sky. The waves break in white splashes against a background of the orange and pink sky. The warm wind rushes through my hair as I look up at the darkening, blue sky."
"Walking slowly through the Botanical Gardens and stopping at each bed of flowers. Looking out across the blooms, I can smell the leaves on the path in front of me: A very earthy, natural fragrance."
"I am sitting on a flat rock overlooking a waterfall in a forest area of New Hampshire. I am at least 200 miles away from anyone I know. As I look at the tree-line of the distant mountain peaks, I begin to forget about my job and the classes at the college."
Once you have found a specific relaxation scene, use your senses and make the scene more vivid. The idea is to occupy your mind so you are unable to think about anything else (like stress producing ideas). Take a good "look" at the relaxation scene in your mind. Imagine the colors in the sky. Are there any clouds? What do they look like? Think of the different shades of green in the trees and in the grass. What does the water look like? Think of the details: birds, animals, waves, colors, textures, sizes, shapes. Use photographs, if possible, to remind yourself. The more visual details, the better. Don't forget to use your imaginary senses of hearing (imagine the sounds in your scene), smell, touch, etc.
The only thing left to do is bring the scene to life. Make it a moving picture, not a snapshot. Make the waves roll, the birds fly, and the clouds slowly change shape. Look around. Take a walk. Pick a flower. Remember that you are trying to give yourself a break.
Practice creating your personal relaxation scene for five minutes each day. Do it with your eyes closed, in a comfortable atmosphere, at a time when you will not be interrupted. Try to make the scene as vivid as possible. In just a short time, you will probably be able to clearly visualize the scene almost any time you feel tense. Don't worry if you are having difficulty visualizing at first. The following muscle relaxation techniques will work even if you have trouble visualizing. By the way, if you fall asleep while practicing: It worked!
Meditation: 3 Easy Ways to Meditate
We all need a way to relax and reduce the stress caused by our busy lives. Many people have turned to meditation, an age-old technique that is not only an excellent way to reduce stress, but is also known to be one of the surest and best ways to gain spiritual enlightenment. In meditation one can begin to make a connection with the spiritual realm, meeting angels, guides or spiritual helpers, receiving insights and inspirations, and gaining help with problems and guidance for spiritual growth. No wonder meditation is becoming an ever more popular way to relax.
This article courtesy of http://www.mind-meditation.com/.
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