Ever sit beneath a tin roof in the rain?
As I sat here listening to the rain hit the roof and trying to think of what to write about, I realized that I was feeling relaxed and peaceful. I love that sound. It is so calming. It is amazing that even imagining yourself sitting beneath a tin roof in the rain can have the same effect as physically being there. Our imagination is that strong. It can take us on wonderful experiences. And, of course, imagination is also largely responsible for our fears and anxiety. Let’s focus today on using imagination to create a relaxed, calm state of mind. Imagination can be the key to becoming more conscious of when we are stressed and knowing when and how to consciously change that state of mind.
Using your imagination to create a relaxed and focused state of mind is critical to learning how to consciously reduce stress. This is also a good place to start if you are new to meditation. Our imagination is extremely powerful and may be the most important of all our faculties. You can literally sit in a closet and re-live a wonderful experience or imagine something you want to create.
Why not gift yourself a few minutes of imagining you are sitting beneath a tin roof in the rain. Or, choose another favorite experience or place and go there for a few minutes. Start by finding a comfortable seat or lying down. Remove unnecessary sounds or just screen those sounds out. Do something to signal to your subconscious mind that you are going to create a relaxed but attentive state of mind. Once comfortable, close your eyes and focus on your breathing. It should become a little slower and even. Notice your heartbeat. Don’t worry about trying to slow it down if it seems fast. It will quieten down in a few moments.
Next, check your body for places where you feel muscle tension and consciously let that go. Take a deep breath and let it out slowly through pursed lips. Now, you are ready to imagine a beautiful place in Nature. Maybe imagine one you know well but are not there now. Or let your imagination make up one you have never seen. Choose a place where you feel safe and comfortable. Slowly add the details of color, time of day, sounds of Nature, the smells; the more detail you imagine, the more real the experience becomes. Remember, once you get there, you do not have to DO anything. Just BE.