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BUSY Lab: Visualization Meditation

January 29, 2016
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(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!

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