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.
Once you’ve correctly identified the source of your stress, you can then work more productively in addressing the root problem.
3. Enhanced creativity and problem-solving ability.
Relaxation interrupts habitual negative thought patterns, clears your mind, and opens it to new ideas, new possibilities, and new ways of solving old problems. It allows you to draw on your intuition and creativity to help you move in the direction you want to go.
Most people don’t realize the wealth of creative energy they have within themselves, since it is not called on regularly in their everyday world. Imagery and mindfulness exercises remind us of the complexity and resiliency of the human spirit.
4. Relaxation sets the stage for skillful imaging.
Deep relaxation provides a state of mind (and mindfulness) in which more advanced and specific imagery techniques are most effective. The ability to quiet your mind and concentrate your attention will enable you to make the best use of the more advanced techniques.
You can do a lot with mindfulness, relaxation and imagery exercises. These benefits will hopefully give you the incentive to learn more and practice these exercises on a daily basis.