We use the term guided imagery all the time, but who’s really guiding it? Obviously, if you are listening to one of my guided imagery meditation CDs or mp3s you’d assume it’s me, but in reality, I’m only offering suggestions. It’s your mind that is doing the real work and creating the images. And where do these mysterious images come from? What do they mean?
Imagery or visualization is really just a kind of language or messaging system that your inner being uses to communicate. Whether they are visual pictures, or other sensory perceptions like kinesthetic feelings, sounds, smells, tastes or just a sense of knowing, is just a matter of how your personal system works. Some of us are visual, some auditory, some kinesthetic, etc. – one is not better than another, just a part of who you are.
And the actual images don’t really objectively mean anything, (more…)
How do we create safe space for our bodies? I don’t mean staying away from angry wasps or wearing a seatbelt! I mean how do we give our bodies the sense of safety that allows us to relax? To let go of the stress response that keeps us ready for danger or ready to run. How do we allow our bodies to be at peace?
So many of us walk around in a perpetual state of stress and readiness, with fight or flight hormones coursing through our veins, muscles chronically tense, sympathetic nervous system on alert. (more…)
Pain can be an interesting teacher; it can seem like a random, unfair kick in the butt, or an unexpected opportunity for healing. Recently, I bent over to pick something up and strained my back. How could this happen, especially right now when it is so inconvenient? What does it mean?
But is the meaning really what is significant, or is it really just about what we do with it. Do we take it as an opportunity to look at how we have been caring for ourselves; how much stress we are under, how we are eating and resting and moving and thinking? Do we take the time to listen to our bodies and hear what our deepest needs are?
The concept for my guided imagery meditation mp3 Pain and Healing came out of a workshop I taught many years ago. (more…)
As we move into a new year, we tend to think of the structures we can bring into our daily lives to help us care for ourselves better. I’ve always like the idea of having a daily ritual – a daily meditation or exercise or something that starts your day off with good intentions. And I think it’s very important in any kind of healing work to have a clearly delineated beginning and ending – an energetic container for the work.
I’ve often thought about creating a guided imagery meditation that would provide that container, and my new CD and mp3 “Opening and Completing Your Day,” a set of morning and evening meditations is the product of that idea.
In our busy lives – with electric lighting and 24/7 access to everything – we have lost our connection to sunrise and sunset, lost the sense of a real container that frames our work lives, personal lives, and our time for rest and turning inward. (more…)
What do imagery and meditation have to do with dogs? I share my home and my office with 2 wonderful large dogs, who as I write this are lying in front of the woodstove, basking in the warmth and feeling safe and content. But I also have an inner dog, who lives deep in my brain, in that ancient mysterious part of the nervous system that we humans share with all mammals.
My inner dog has a lot in common with my two relaxed friends; it is protective of me and it wants me to be safe and happy. It can go from tail-wagging pleasure to a growl in a nanosecond. And it can’t tell the difference between what is real and what is imagined – whether a dangerous intruder is ringing my doorbell, or the ring is happening in the movie playing on my TV. (more…)