Guided imagery, also called creative visualization, is a type of meditation that is generally practiced with the goal of achieving a state of relaxation, cultivating a more positive attitude, and gaining a sense of unity among mind, body and spirit.
On the surface, it may seem that you’re simply “making something nice” when you, say, paint or draw. The creation process, however, can prompt you to dig deep and express and explore your inner self in new ways—unleash buried feelings, showcase your true self and so on—that may be otherwise difficult.
If you’re reading these words, you’re breathing—and probably not thinking too much of it. We do this naturally, of course, to make sure our bodies get the oxygen they need to survive. You can, however, learn to breathe in certain ways to re-energize and restore your body and mind.
Biofeedback therapy (or biofeedback training, as it’s sometimes called) might sound a bit futuristic if you’re not familiar with it. Although it does involve some high-tech elements, the concept is pretty simple: learn how your body reacts in certain situations and then retrain it to respond differently—essentially the science of mind over matter.
If you’re unfamiliar with the meaningful uses of hypnosis, you might cast it off as a form of amusement; maybe you’ve witnessed someone else being hypnotized in a party setting and it was all for fun. The truth is, hypnotherapy is a serious practice that can help you make a specific lifestyle change, or work through a particular problem or obstacle you’d like to overcome.
Kaizen is a Japanese business philosophy—which may leave you wondering why we’re discussing it here in our Mind and Spirit section. The term loosely translates to “change for the better” and is a slow-and-steady method of encouraging success in workplaces.
Consider all the areas of your life that involve music. At its most basic level, music can certainly make your commute or workout more pleasurable. But it goes deeper than that: Music can motivate and inspire, encouraging you to relax, let go and feel happier in the moment and more.
Your brain is working around the clock (even while you sleep), affecting how you feel and function. At certain times, it works better that at others. Neurofeedback (also called neurotherapy) is a technique that allows you to see if your mind is working in your favor.
Keeping a journal can be a spiritual practice that allows you to connect internally and express yourself. It can also be a healing experience during difficult times—one that can help you understand how you’re feeling in the moment. Not sure how to start? Consider these types of journals.
Where acupuncturists apply needles to areas of the body to encourage the flow of energy and promote harmony and healing, Feng Shui experts suggest the addition, removal or rearrangement of items (furniture, plants, wall hangings and so on) in a space to do the same.
While scientists are still studying the effects of the ancient practice of aromatherapy, studies show that it has true healing benefits for both physical and emotional concerns.
Think back to the last time you had a few free moments. Chances are, you filled that time—probably without even thinking about it—by answering a few emails, doing a little work, cleaning, or surfing the web. Most of us crave more down time, more stillness…so why don’t we make it happen?
For most of us, technology has increasingly become an important part of our lives. While it may seem hard to unplug completely, it is possible—even for just a little while. Try this technique to help you find a balance between being connected externally and internally.