Continuing from yesterdays post 'The Easy 7 to Relaxation' I want to offer some ideas upon how to make relaxation easier to experience and thereby be more of a normal state for you.
This will rely upon you practising yesterdays post and making relaxation a 'real' experience.
I believe once you relax well you always remember just how good it feels. Otherwise so many people would not be asking how to relax more deeply, more frequently. Some people just forget the simple techniques for relaxing and remember the actual relaxation. That's a good thing because, its like having a car ready-to-go and temporarily forgetting where the ignition is, where the accelerator and brakes are and where the mirrors are located. You know how easily you'll find them.
The imagination is a wonderful thing for relaxation and today's post will build your relationship with it. When you recall points 6 & 7 from The Easy 7 to Relaxation, you'll see they involve you imagining an increasingly relaxing future for yourself.
- Remember those great feelings of relaxation from The Easy 7 to Relaxation.
- Simply, find the place or time in your future where you will most like to be relaxed.
- Notice where that is. Notice where the image is. For example, is the image of this time directly in front of you or behind, or to the right, to the left, up or down.
- What do you see yourself doing in this image? What are the colours in it? What are the sounds? Is it moving or still? Noticing these things, helps you connect more strongly with a future you.
- See and feel yourself being relaxed in that image of a future time and place. Savour this image. See yourself moving around, being very relaxed, very confident (and the two are usually related in my experience).
- See events occurring in the way you will like them. See yourself reacting to events in a way that makes you feel better and more relaxed.
- Imagine the rewards you will receive, however big or small, once you are really performing the activity.
- When you are happy with what you have created, begin adjusting the image (only if this feels comfortable to do so).
- You can make it larger, brighter, more colourful, louder or quieter if you prefer. You may prefer to keep the 'original settings.' Play and explore.
- When you're very relaxed and I hope very pleased with your new creation of a future you, remember it, repeat it and change it if necessary.
Now you've found one future time and recreated to suit your well-being, you can explore lots of others. Remember to build in preferred feelings of being wonderful, relaxed and confident.
Encourage your imagination to be your best friend. Sometimes a little wild and crazy, sometimes highly creative, sometimes nurturing and adoring. The cool thing is, it's your private world and no one else has to know what you're doing in it.
Wishing you the very best success with this.
A gentleman by the name of Tad James introduced the art of Time Line Therapy to a wide audience and this post used a very small part of that tool. I also used some experiences I have of practising Psycho-Cybernetics created by Maxwell Maltz.