(Photo by LMP’s Wellness Ambassador Rachel Whitty, taken in one of her favourite destinations, in both real life and day dreams, Costa Rica!)
Visualization, or guided imagery, is a variation on traditional meditation that requires you to employ not only your visual sense, but also your sense of taste, touch, and smell. When used as a relaxation technique, visualization involves imagining a scene in which you feel at peace, free to let go of all tension and anxiety. Choose a setting that is most calming to you, whether it’s a tropical beach or favourite childhood spot.
Find a quiet, relaxed location. Close your eyes and let your worries drift away. Imaging your restful place. Picture it as vividly as you can – everything you can see, hear, smell and feel.
If you are thinking about a dock on a quiet lake, for example:
- Walk slowly around the dock
- Spend some time exploring each of your senses
- See the sun setting over the water
- Feel the cool water on your bare feet
- Taste the fresh, clean air
Do not be discouraged if you occasionally zone out or lose track of where you are during a guided imagery session. When you are ready, gently open your eyes and come back to the present.
Thank to Wellness @ UHN for providing us with this Visualization Meditation information.
Click here to read a UHN Wellness blog post on visualization: Life is But a Day Dream!