Guided Imagery

Guided Imagery is a technique that engages your imagination and senses to allow you to fully “experience” a location in your mind. When you fully immerse yourself in the details, you the gain a sense of calm and relaxation.

Here are some cues to help you give guided imagery a try on your own:

  • Get into a comfortable position. 
  • Begin with some deep breathing, like you’ve already been practicing. 
  • Now, close your eyes and visualize a place.  This can be any place that elicits a pleasant sense of calm. 
  • Allow your breathing to become deeper.  Now imagine how your peaceful place sounds.  Hear all of the sounds, and identify them. 
  • Now imagine what this place smells like. Inhale deeply. Identify the smells. 
  • Take a moment to feel anything in this space. Maybe a gentle breeze? Soft cool grass? Or the warmth of the sun?
  • Stay in this place, enjoying all of the sensations. Be aware of how you feel. 
  • When you are ready, in your mind, find an “exit” from your happy place. 
  • Move your body gently, and slowly bring awareness back to your current location.