Do you want to know how to reduce stress through visualization and guided imagery?
First a personal story.
I am driving home from picking up my son early from school and I’m having a pity party in my mind.
What am I going to do?
Why haven’t my son’s vocal tics stopped with the new dosage of guanfacine?
And then I see him…
at a stop sign on a side street.
It is lightly sprinkling and he is walking awkwardly with a cane but smiling.
I wave to him and he waves back.
A big hand swooping through the air wave.
His smile lights up my heart and stops my previous negative thoughts.
Then I drive home with my son chattering in the background oblivious to the whole scene.
Just happy to get to go home early from school.
Later as I’m drifting off to sleep I think of the man again.
Maybe he had a stroke or perhaps an accident. Or a disease.
I will probably mention him to my daughter who is in medical school.
And I visualize one more time the light sprinkling of rain.
The small rain drops on his head.
His jerky, slow steps… and his smile.
How it slowly spreads across his face and makes his eyes sparkle.
Then I drift off to sleep with these thoughts…
I can do this.
I can be strong and positive for my son.
I can find solutions.
and something I used to tell my son when he was a toddler and got upset so quickly-
We try and do.
Not cry and stew.
I am using visualization and guided imagery to take me to a place that inspired me.
I felt empowered by this mans resilience in spite of his obvious struggle.
I felt the strength of his human spirit. His will to embrace life.
By imagining this place and then revisiting it in my mind I feel peace.
I feel his strength and it becomes my own.
Perhaps you will invasion a farm you grew up on.
A park you like to sit in.
It doesn’t matter where your peaceful feelings lie but here is the process-
Steps for visualization and Imagery to reduce stress-
1. Find a place to rest for a few minutes.
2. Pick a comfortable position.
3. Close your eyes and breath slowly and deeply.
4. Redirect your attention away from stress to a specific image.
5. Focus on the specific sensory attributes in your scene.
The more you invoke your senses the greater the meditation powers.
6. Do this for a few minutes and you will be amazed.