Using a Box to Clear Your Mind, a Lake to Go Deep & a Mountain to Ground You – Guided Imagery in Mindfulness
The emotional mind learns not by logic (apologies to all my professors), but by association. This non-rational part of the mind responds well to images that evoke feelings, emotions and sensations. The emotional mind loves metaphor and imagery – it’s powerful and worth using. Guided imagery is often much more effective than logic to create and strengthen positive emotional states. It’s like ‘going to your happy place’ and oh so much more.
Here are three different guided imagery practices – one about a box, one about a mountain and one about a lake. The box (or container) imagery helps you clear your mind from the unruly jumble of ‘yack’ in your head – all those thoughts-feelings-memories-judgments-sensations-impulses, etc., by putting them in a strong and secure box. The Mountain and Lake imagery practices aim at cultivating equanimity (definition: ‘evenness of mind, especially under stress’) and self-acceptance.
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