Today in my stress management class we had a seminar. It was the usual Monday seminar, but we got to do an interesting thing: we got to do a guided diaphragmic meditation and a progressive relaxation.
As we were doing this, I thought about how different people have different types of visualizations they relate to during these types of relaxations. Thus, I came up with the topic of this blog:
Do you meditate or use relaxation techniques?
What types do you use?
What visualizations do you relate to?
Do you listen to music?
Do you like incense when you do this?
Where do you prefer to be when you do this?
What are your experiences?
I like to listen to the band Dead Can Dance when I meditate or do relaxation techniques.
I like to burn Nag Champa.
It should be dim, but not dark.
My visualizations are vivid…of a clearing in a forest in the mountains. There is a babbling brook that I follow and notice. I see it get deeper in some spots and run across the rocks and pebbles lightly in others.
This feels relaxing to me. I really relate to the serenity of the scene…I feel it, see it, taste it, smell it, hear it. That is relaxation!
I also like to do progressive relaxation. Focusing on, tightening, and releasing individual parts of my body really does release the stress for me. It is amazing to me what this can do for the stress!
What are your thoughts on this?