Imagery is an important component of relaxation and meditation exercises, things that will help bring a deeper mindfulness into your life. Imagery exercises can help a person cope with stress in their life in a healthy, positive manner, while giving a person the chance to relax and spend some time with themselves.
As you move beyond your initial imagery explorations, you’ll begin to experience the benefits of going deeper within. There are benefits of relaxation that extend beyond its ability to relieve tension patterns. These effects make it even more valuable as a foundation upon which to build your self-healing abilities.
Let’s look at the four main benefits of using imagery, and using it consistently throughout your week:
1. Having a choice in how you feel.
Learning to relax builds confidence in your ability to control your body, your feelings, and your thoughts. You become aware of having more choice in how you react and how you feel.
People are often pleasantly surprised to learn that they actually have a lot more control over their negative thoughts than they realized. Choosing how you think, how you process things around you, and how all of that makes you feel is an important benefit of mindfulness and imagery exercises.
2. Identifying sources of tension.
Relaxing helps you become more aware of what kinds of things, people, and thoughts tend to make you tense. This is the first step in being able to deal with them constructively.