Relaxation technique…

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Miriam speaks of her healing journey.  I have a new relaxation technique and a new exercise.  Slowly I heal.

The relaxation technique is to sit comfortably and relaxed.  Then close your eyes and think of a forest.  Just relax and hear the birds in the forest.  Then you hear a stream.  Slowly you walk towards the stream.  There you find a warm rock and you lay down and close your eyes.  The warm rock supports you.  It gives you strength.  It supports you.  Listen to the stream as it flows by.  Then open your eyes and go to the forest.  Pick up something in the forest.  It is a gift from the forest.  As you are leaving you see a path up a mountain.  The sun is setting.  You reach the top and sit on a warm rock and watch the sunset.  Think of your troubles as you watch the sunset.  Then walk to a cave where you see a bed of pine needles.  Lay down and sleep.  Relax.  Feel the pine needles beneath you and relax.  Then become awake with the light.  Go out of the cave and see the moon fall and the sun rise.  It is another day.  You are healed.  You are one.

The exercise I have is to study an orange or a tangerine.  I have to sit with the orange in my lap.  Then I have been invited to describe the orange in my hands.  The size, the weight, the smell.  Just look at the orange thinking of the orange.  Does your mind wander?  What is it thinking of?  Then pierce the skin with your nail.  Describe what that is like…perhaps the smell.  Then quietly peel the orange thinking only of the orange.  Then describe the orange.  Does your mind wander?  What is it thinking of?  Then place a piece of the orange on your tongue.  Describe how it feels to swallow the orange.

I don’t know what we’ll do with this exercise but I’ll keep you posted.

I have been facing my fears and slowly I heal.  My mind has to adjust and sometimes now I worry just about little things.  But I have been strong and faced my fears.  It takes courage.

Until next time…Thursday…until then.


A new relaxation technique…

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Miriam speaks of a new relaxation technique.  It can be used at home or in a park when you are feeling stressed.  I also include a couple of variations to it.  (Photo by Nathan Anderson on Unsplash)

Lately I have been feeling stressed.  Doing a lot of things with appointments, sometimes more than one per day and two days in a row.  This causes anxiety for me.

The relaxation technique is as follows.  Sit in a comfortable position on something comfortable and think of a river in the forest.  Now find a rock beside the river and sit down.  As you are sitting there you notice leaves floating on the river.  Many leaves.  Pick one up and put a worry onto it.  Now place it back in the stream and watch it float away with your worry.  Pick up another leaf and place a different worry on the leaf.  Place it back in the stream and watch it float away.  Keep doing this with your worries.  Sometimes you may see a group of leaves stuck together.  Pick one up and look at the worry.  As you do this watch all the other worries wash away.  Place your leaf in the stream and watch it wash away all the way down the stream.  Be still.  Think of the stream and all your worries are gone!

A variation to this relaxation technique is to fill balloons with your worry and then release them all into the air.  And your worries are gone.  Or fill train box cars with your worries and then watch the train leave and all your worries go with it.

I have decided to incorporate a twenty minute mindfulness session into my day twice a week.  Then I may do it three times a week.  But at first I want to get a routine going.  At the same time I can watch my thoughts and see what my mind is worried about.  Watch my thoughts and figure out what is bothering me.

Until next time…enjoy your evening!

Relaxation Technique: Sunshine

Miriam shares with you a new relaxation technique she learned today.  It’s called “Sunshine”.

Sit comfortably in a chair and close your eyes.  Now imagine yourself sitting on a bench in the sun.  Lean back and sit comfortably.

Imagine the sun on your right hand and it warming your right hand.  Let the heat spread in your hand then work itself up to your lower arm.  Relaxing as you imagine your right lower arm warming by the sun.  Then let it radiate to your right upper arm.  Relaxing yourself as you feel the sun warm your upper arm.

Then imagine that sun warming your left hand.  The warmth radiates out to your left lower arm.  Relax and think of the warmth of that sun.  Then think of the warmth and let it move up to your upper arm.  Relax thinking of the sun’s warmth.

Then imagine the sun warming your right foot.  Relax as you feel the sun heat up your right foot.  Then relax and let the sun radiate to your lower calf.  Let the sun warm up your lower right calf.  Relax as the heat moves up to your right thigh.  Relax as the sum warms your right thigh.

Then imagine the sun warming your left foot.  Relax as your left foot warms up.  Imagine the warmth travelling to your left calf.  Relax as you feel your left calf warm up.  Relax as you feel the heat travel to your left thigh.  Relax as your whole left leg is warming up.

Imagine the sun’s heat now in your stomach.  Relax as you feel the warmth of the sun heat up your stomach.

Imagine the sun in your chest.  Relax as you feel the sun warm up your chest.

Imagine the sun warming up the top of your head.  Relax as you feel the warmth travel to your nose and down to your chin.  Imagine your whole head warm and relax.

Now your whole body is relaxed.  Sit and breathe.  Think of nothing.  Watch as your thought comes in, think of what you are thinking, and then watch it float away.  At one with your breath.  Hear your breath go in and out.  And relax.