To do this, create a positive image in your mind that represents a safe and relaxing environment. Practice visiting this imaginary place over and over again. Then, when you’re stressed, you can go there just briefly and benefit from the relaxed feeling it gives you. It can be anywhere – in your family room by the fireplace, the woods by a stream, the park down the street. But keep these points in mind:

  1. Make the place real. When you’re stressed or in pain, you won’t be able to relate to an alien planet.
  2. Involve all of your senses. Pick smells, touches, tastes, sounds, and sights that are pleasing to you.
  3. Go to this place often. The more your practice increasing the vividness of your image, the more you can rely on it when you feel stressed.
  4. Another kind of guided imagery is sometimes used to battle chronic disease and pain under the guidance of a trained therapist. Introduced in the 1970s to help athletes and musicians perform better, the method has won increasing acceptance as a medical tool. Patients are taught how their immune system is affected by their disease, pain, and stress. Then with cues from the therapist or a tape recording they learn to visualize their condition and to “see” the body fighting against the disease to restore comfort and health. This mental picture temporarily can dissuade the brain from transmitting pain.

    From: LIVING FOODS FOR OPTIMUM HEALTH

    Vol 16 Issue 2 page 5

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