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06 June 2014 @ 01:23 pm
relaxing imagery  
metagnat and I were chatting about relaxing mind tricks, and I described to her one of my favorites:

I imagine my mind/body as a bird, fluffing its feathers out to let the air under and down to its skin. Just typing that makes me feel more relaxed, and evokes a pleasurable feeling throughout my body.

metagnat offered up imagining her favorite comic book character getting scritched on the back of the neck by someone he loves and purring.

What images give you a pleasurable feeling of relaxation just from picturing them?
I'm feeling: chill
David Policardpolicar on June 6th, 2014 06:43 pm (UTC)
I'm really not a visual imager, but I do a lot of what I guess you could call kinesthetic imaging.

Usually they involve flying and floating... in particular, being lifted and supported through my hips, or when I don't want to give up that much control from the spot between my shoulderblades where wings would canonically be. Sometimes I go ahead and feel the wings themselves, or the water I'm floating in, or the air I'm flying through, etc. ... though it's mostly just reinforcement. The important part is what I'm imagining my body going through.

That said, I get a lot more relaxation effect from actually opening up my body, rather than just imagining it. Not always practical, thouugh.

Chance: kittensmiss_chance on June 6th, 2014 07:44 pm (UTC)
Seeing and petting my cats gives me so much pleasure I can practically feel my adrenal glands fire-hosing my brain down with dopamine. If I'm feeling bad sometimes and I'm not home, I can picture their fuzzy little faces and imagine their little furry paws on me, and get at least a sprinkling to carry me through the day.

So, basically, it comes down to the utterly canonical, "pictures of cats," but with a heavy preference that they be my cats.

Edited at 2014-06-06 07:46 pm (UTC)
Elizabeth Hunterlillibet on June 7th, 2014 12:41 am (UTC)
My mother and I witnessed an extraordinary sunset in a very ordinary setting...over the Mobil station across the street from my grandfather's apartment. I was about ten years old and it is one of the closest moments of connection I felt with my mom between the ages of 8 and 28, so it stands out in my memory and visualizing it gives me a great sense of love and peace.

When I lived in a house that shook in the wind, I managed the resulting disorientation while trying to fall asleep by visualizing myself resting on the floor of a treehouse. That was lovely, but doesn't seem to be relevant in more stationary situations.

I often rely on a visual of ocean waves, often reinforced by ujjayi breathing, during meditation.
Elizabeth Hunterlillibet on June 7th, 2014 01:10 am (UTC)
Oh, I just thought of another one: when I get a really bad headache or migraine, I picture myself as a tree, with water flowing up through my trunk from the ground and spreading into all my branches and leaves. That often seems to help alleviate the pain more quickly.
funner'n a sack a weaselsmoominmolly on June 8th, 2014 01:07 am (UTC)
This may not sound soothing- but lying on my back and imagining sinking into the earth, and then stretching out into it.
Ellen: at workkeyne on June 10th, 2014 12:40 am (UTC)
One of a variety of relaxation techniques I teach is a "warmth" visualization: either emanating upward from the feet, as if toasting one's feet at a fireplace; outward from the womb (a peaceful image for some expectant moms); or from the head downward, as if standing under a warm shower. I <heart> warm showers, so that last is one of my favorites.

I've found that nearly half of my students dislike visualizations or say they just can't relate to them, so they rely on physical and emotional techniques instead. Me, I'm mostly a visualizer.