By Joy Abrams MA, FSII
visualization you use your imagination to significantly reduce
your stress. You might find it hard to place yourself in a
relaxed state but you can use your imagination to put yourself
there. By using visualizations that represent the five elements
in Feng Shui you can increase your own positive relaxing chi
to reduce your tension.
and imaginings are your own special reality for you are the
sum total of what you think. If you are thinking sad thoughts
you will feel sad and if you think happy thoughts you will
feel uplifted. Focus on visualizing healing peaceful images
and you will create mental sense impressions that train your
body to relax and release stress.
is effective in treating many stress-related illnesses such
as muscle spasms, headaches and general situational anxiety.
You consciously in visualization use your mental sense impressions
to improve your life.
on your back with your hands at your sides and your palms
outstretched facing the ceiling.
Close your eyes
Take in ten yoga breaths using proper diaphragmatic yoga breathing
Scan your body and become aware of those areas that have the
most muscle tension
Release the tension in those areas by targeting your breath
to those areas and stating to yourself for example,"
I am releasing tension in my scalp as I inhale relaxation
and exhale stress".
Continue to target your areas of stress using the method stated
above until your mind and body feel relaxed
Form beautiful mental impressions of nature with your mind
involving your senses
For example: Feel the earth under your feet as you walk in
your bare feet in your garden. (Earth Element)
wearing your metal jewelry as think of endings as new beginnings
that give you renewed hope. (Metal Element)
yourself gazing into a beautiful fountain and meditating on
the depth of the water. (Water Element)
beautiful palm trees swaying in the breeze and feel the gentle
breeze touching your face. (Wood Element)
warmth of the sun nurturing you and giving you positive energy.
Remain in this relaxed state as long as you like.
* For more information refer to the book, "Strategies
For Stress Release" by Joy Abrams