Visualisation & Guided Imagery
Visualisation and Guided Imagery are tools to unlock ones inner creativity and the ability to create resources to assist both adult and child to achieve their true potential. Through imagery high levels of distractions and tension that exist in our everyday environment can be shut out and within the inner stillness we begin to find a wealth of creativity and wisdom within ourselves just waiting to be explored.
We learn and recall more when we are relaxed. Information is more accessible to us when our brain waves are in a slower, larger pattern. When we shut out the distractions around us and focus on the breath and muscular relaxation, our brain waves slow down. During these states of Relaxation and Quiet Time our bodies and minds become relaxed, yet focused and alert, creating an ideal space in which to learn, as emotions and mental chatter have stilled and have been replaced by feelings of well being and enthusiasm for the present moment. When offered in an educational environment, this benefits both tutor and student alike.
Under stress, activity in the mind/body system is centred in the sympathetic nervous system, which prepares the body for flight/fright response. As a result activity in the limbic system, where memory occurs and in the neocortex of the cerebrum, where abstract thinking and reasoning takes place, becomes severely minimized. Stress can create tension especially in the muscles of the jaw, back, neck and abdomen. This tension can block the flow of cerebro-spinal fluid, creating a build up of toxins in the brain. Research has shown that blocked CSF flow can lead to diminished concentration, focus, motivation and learning ability.
One of the simplest forms of meditation is to watch the breath. Chanting and toning are also energy and chakra balancing techniques aiding the holistic health of the practitioner.
Self-awareness without judgement, allowing without forcing, accepting without resistance are all practices of Mindfulness. It is a practice now recognised within the NHS for its benefits in aiding people with depression, anxiety and other mental health related issues. In a world where the monkey mind is on the rampage, mindfulness assists in restoring an inner balance which offers the observer a deeper sense of self-awareness, identifying the ideal self which in turn leads us back to our true self.