Let’s talk about attention. Most of us yield the majority of our attention to day-to-day issues, worries and fears. How often do you think about the bills you need to pay or the repairs your home needs? In contrast, how frequently do you take time to be still and focus on your hopes, dreams and gratitude for all you have? Yes, I know money and shelter are key parts of your life, but you are more than just your everyday life. Your unconscious mind contains your intuitions, emotions, values and more. Tapping into this part of you offers a wealth of benefits, and one way to attain these benefits is through guided imagery.
What Is Guided Imagery?
Guided imagery works on the premise that your body and mind are highly connected. The process leads you through a series of directed thoughts to achieve a more relaxed state.
During a guided imagery session, you employ all of your senses to make your experience vivid and best connect your body and mind. Try this. Close your eyes and imagine you are peeling an orange. Feel the texture of the peel; smell the awakening and invigorating citrusy smell. Now think about taking a bite. It’s sweet, juicy and nourishing. Did your mouth water a bit? This shows you the powerful connection between body and mind.
Just like in this simple example, a good practitioner leads you through an experience or setting and encourages you to focus with all of your senses. This attention to detail results in a highly-relaxed and focused state of awareness.
What Are the Benefits of Guided Imagery?
Connecting the body and mind provides great benefits to both. Guided imagery can lower blood pressure, decrease anxiety and alleviate depression. The process helps calm you and puts you more in control of your thoughts and your life. I love the heightened awareness guided imagery delivers and have witnessed the increased sensitivity and creativity that clients experience.
Many people use guided imagery to achieve health and personal goals. Try it to help with weight loss or to stop smoking, or to promote physical and emotional healing.
Perhaps you have a speaking engagement coming up and you need to overcome your fear. Guided imagery can help you envision your success, lessen your fears and help you achieve your goals. Athletes and professionals from all walks of life are tapping into the power of guided imagery.
How Can I Practice Guided Imagery?
You can choose to practice guided imagery on your own or with a practitioner. A good practitioner will talk with you about what you are trying to achieve and tailor your guided imagery session.
There are also a number of recorded guided imagery sessions available for purchase, allowing you to practice in complete privacy. You can find sessions created to assist with specifics goals and emotions, and those designed just to help you relax.
I highly recommend incorporating guided imagery into your life. The physical and mental benefits are remarkable, and the process is simple and soothing. If you’d like to learn more about guided imagery, contact me, Karen David, to get started. I’d love to help you on your journey to health and happiness.
A nurse for more than 25 years, Karen David is a Certified Wellness Coach and Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist. She brings her passion for well living and calm presence to empower others in health and wellness. Karen is CEO of Live Life Well, LLC.
This article is for informational purposes only. Practices, services or products described are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please speak with a doctor before beginning any new health regimen.