Guided Visualization Of Stress
So I want to talk about what stress really is and like most humans and maybe a little more than some, I'm an experiential learner so I want to stretch out. I think it's the best way to learn about stress. I promise that I won't leave you in this state. I took a Hippocratic oath and I'm gonna believe everybody feeling better, I hope. But I want I want to really talk about how stress manifests in us, What happens so with your permission um and your compliance. I'd love for you to just close your eyes for a second and think about something in your life that's particularly frustrating something that gives you that feeling. Some of the things that were mentioned a place where you feel out of control, a place where you don't have the authority, but you've got the responsibility, something that gives you that really frustrated feeling and just let your mind swim around it for a second. All the different aspects of it. What is it about it? That's just gotcha And how does that feel? Just that f...
eeling? And before you open your eyes, I want you to scan sort of start down at your feet, come on up through your legs, to your hips, your gut, belly, your lungs, your heart, your shoulders, your jaw, your facial muscles across the eyes and in your temples, kind of your skin on your face and then kind of notice your, your thought processes. Are they fast, slow, notice what you're feeling when you're thinking about something stressful and go ahead and open your eyes. So I actually did take an oath and I'm here to relieve your stress. So let's do the second skill that I'd love to teach you all. This is loosely adapted from a company called Heart Math, which did a lot of research about how when we bring up positive emotions, it's healthy. So this is loosely based on a guided visualization from them with liberties from Cindy. So if you'll go ahead and close your eyes again and bring your attention to your breath for just a minute and I'd like you to put a hand over your heart area and become aware of your breath coming in and out of your heart area just softly. It's just filling and let him go. Now bring to mind someone something or some place you really appreciate. It can be the beach for the mountain top. It can be a person who is very special in your life and gives you an inner smile. If you're feeling tax data can be your dog, greeting you when everybody else didn't really want to. But something that gives you a happy feeling on the inside and bring to mind sort of the sights and sounds and feelings of that and then bring your awareness to that area underneath your hand in your heart and notice what that feels like is you breathe in that appreciation and that positive feeling. Just notice it's starting to glow in there. Call it like the little inner smile in your heart. Let each breath just grow that feeling. Maybe with an exhale you can send some of that feeling out to that area that tensed up in the last exercise. Just let it grow with each breath mm And now send a little of that positive feeling from your hand back to you for taking the time to take care of yourself and do this. And then with the next breath, breathe out a little of that feeling to someone in the universe who needs it. Let it spread out there. I know that this feeling is always there when you bring your attention to it and let it grow and go ahead and open your eyes again. Now what do you notice?