When you come home from a stressful day at work or school, wouldn’t it be wonderful to go chill on the beach, walk in the forest, sit on a mountain or relax by a mountain lake? Well, guided imagery can get you to one or all those places.
When it comes to meditation, we’ve all heard terms such as “visualization” or “mental imagery”, but just what is “guided imagery”?
According to healthjourneys.com, guided imagery is much more than just visualizing. Here is a quote from their site:
“When properly constructed, guided imagery meditation has the built-in capacity to deliver multiple layers of complex, encoded messages by way of simple symbols and metaphors. You might say it acts like a depth charge dropped beneath the surface of the psyche, where it can reverberate again and again.”
In other words, it digs deep into your brain, your imagination, and makes your body and mind truly believe you are actually there.
Over the years, the effectiveness of guided imagery has been proven through scientific research. These findings indicate that guided imagery has “a positive effect on health, creativity and performance.” (1) Just 10 minutes of guided imagery has the following effects on the body: (1)
- reduce blood pressure
- lower cholesterol
- lower glucose levels
- heighten short- term immune cell activity
Other positive effects of guided imagery include: (1)
- reduce blood loss during surgery
- Lessens headaches and pain
- It can increase skill at skiing, skating, tennis, writing, acting and singing;
- Accelerates weight loss
- reduces anxiety
- Reduce the aversive effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy, such as: nausea, depression, soreness and fatigue.
Have I peaked your interest? To get you started, I’ve found 4 short, 10 – 15 minute guided imagery videos, to help you relax after a stressful day.
Still Mountain Lake
Here is a longer 57 minute guided imagery video
to invoke positive change as you search for…
The Real You
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