As human beings we carry the marvelous gift of thought and imagination. Although the ability to think creatively and imagine alternate realities is unique, this is also something that is easily taken for granted and not used to it’s full potential. The power of thought plays an extremely important role in the quality of life on can live and also has a very significant effect on our state of well-being.
Mind Body Connection
Each thought that we carry triggers a specific frequency in the brain, which is carried out in a brainwave pattern. This frequency is also communicated to the body in the form of electricity. What makes this interaction interesting is that different thoughts carry different signals and are interpreted by the body in different ways – causing negative or positive effects depending on the nature of this signal.
When we are stressed, the body secretes a unique chemical compound in the form of cortisol. This hormone is often referred to as the stress hormone and when we are experiencing stress, we are exposed to this transmission. Cortisol is responsible for raising the heart rate as well as momentarily shutting down bodily systems in order to boost adrenaline. These are normal responses, but when over exposed to stress this can have very negative health effects and eventually cause some underlying issues. These results can easily be triggered by negative thoughts.
Just as negative thoughts produce a negative interaction between the mind and body, this phenomenon can also be reversed. Intentionally focusing the mind towards positive thinking will send a very strong and healthy signal to the body. This will allow the body to produce positive energy as well as inhibit the natural healing capabilities contained within.
The body is always trying to heal itself back into perfect energy and peak health. By inducing positive imagination, we are boosting this process by sending positive information to the body instead of blocking it with negative thoughts. This is the function that gives rise to guided imagery.
Guided Imagery and Meditation
During meditation, the nervous system is sent into a state of coherence. This provides the ideal space for positive intention and visualization. Guided imagery is a program of directed thoughts and suggestions that guide your imagination toward a relaxed, focused state.
Gaining popularity as a therapy technique and relation tool, guided imagery is based on the concept that your body and mind are connected. Using all of your senses, the body seems to respond as though what you are imagining is real. Guided imagery provides a powerful psychological strategy that enhances a person’s coping skills. Imagery involves all the senses, as well as one’s whole body and emotions. Calm, soothing music with or without nature sounds may be used.
This holistic focus is what creates the powerful impact of visualization meditation. Combined with a meditative state, guided visualization meditation is used to evoke positive scenarios through imagination in order to communicate beneficial change within the mind and body.
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