Imagery: Basic Relaxation Script

By Martin L. Rossman, MD

Hi and welcome. I’m here to offer you a simple way to use your mind and your imagination to create for yourself a state of mind that’s peaceful, pleasant, relaxing, restful, and refreshing. Really, what I’m going to invite you to do is to have a daydream.

Daydream yourself to a place that’s very beautiful to you, very peaceful, and very safe. Begin by paying attention to your breathing, and let yourself take a few nice, deep, full breaths. Let yourself breathe into your abdomen, bringing your breath all the way down into your belly, and allowing your out-breath to be a real letting-go kind of a breath. As if with that breath, you can begin to release any tension, or discomfort, or distraction that you don’t need to hold on to. You’re just using that breath to begin shifting your attention from the outer world to your inner world and to take a five-minute break and go to a place that’s peaceful and beautiful. And induce a state of peacefulness and relaxation centered within you. Let yourself imagine that when you breathe in, you’re breathing in fresh energy and oxygen that’s flowing through your whole body – because you are. And imagine that with every out-breath you just let go of a little bit of tension, a little bit of discomfort, a little distraction. So, you’re breathing in energy and relaxation, and you’re letting the out-breath be a real letting go of tension.

And you may want to allow your eyes to close because it’s easier to pay attention to your inner world that way. Let any outside sounds around you be in the background of your awareness. They’re not important to your purpose right now. If there ever is something you need to pay attention to, you’re able to open your eyes and do that.

But begin now to imagine yourself going to a place that’s very beautiful to you…very peaceful…very safe and secure — a place that you feel really good to be at. And this might be a place that you’ve actually been to in your life, or it may be a place you’ve visited before in your imagination. Or it can be a new place, some combination, or some place that you’ve never imagined yourself going to before. It doesn’t really matter. As long as the place you’re imagining is very beautiful to you…very peaceful…very safe. A nice place to be for a few minutes.

Allow yourself to imagine going there as best you can in your own way. And look around and notice what you imagine seeing in this special, quiet, peaceful place. Notice the colors and the shapes and the things that you see there. And by the way, if there’s more than one place that comes to mind, simply pick the one that interests you the most right now. You can visit others at another time.

And so as you notice what you see, notice if you imagine hearing any sounds in this special, peaceful, quiet place. Or whether it’s just very quiet. You may even imagine an aroma, an odor, or a fragrance in this place. And you may not. It doesn’t really matter. Just notice whether there’s an aroma or fragrance in the air. Notice the temperature and the time of day and the season of the year. Notice whether it’s very quiet or if there are things that are alive around you. And especially notice any feelings any peacefulness, or relaxation, or comfort that you feel. And allow them to be there. And allow yourself to relax into them and to feel that relaxation, that peacefulness. Nothing else to do right now and nowhere else to go. Simply enjoying a few quiet moments in this very beautiful and peaceful place. Find the spot where you feel most comfortable and allow yourself to get settled there. Simply enjoy a few quiet moments. Peaceful, relaxed, nothing to do, nowhere to go, enjoying the beauty and the safety. As you deeply relax in this place of beauty, peacefulness, and safety, you can allow your body to recharge and your mind as well – even your spirit. Just drawing from this sense of deep restfulness and comfort that’s here.

And if this is a pleasant experience, you should know that you can come back here and enjoy this anytime of your own choosing, simply by deciding to shift your attention to your inner world, allowing your breathing to get deep and comfortable, and imagining yourself coming to this very beautiful, very peaceful, very quiet place. If your mind should wander or get distracted, simply take another breath or two and refocus your mind back into this beautiful, peaceful, and quiet place and let this be your focus of attention for five minutes, or ten minutes, or twenty minutes – whatever period of time is right for you. And then when you decide to bring your attention back to the outer world, as I’ll invite you to do now, allow the images to fade but bring back with you any sense of relaxation, peacefulness, refreshment — a good feeling that comes from taking a little time to find that place of calm, quiet, and peacefulness within you. And know that you can come back and visit this place anytime you choose. Also know that this place is always within you, and that by even remembering it or thinking about it, you can touch into that feeling of calmness, peacefulness, and serenity and bring those qualities more and more into your daily life.

 

APA Reference
Rossman, M. (2007). Imagery: Basic Relaxation Script. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 27, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/lib/imagery-basic-relaxation-script/000982
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