Incorporates Guided Imagery, Meditation , and Expressive Arts to alleviate some symptoms of Depression, Attention Deficit Disorder, Anxiety and other problems addressed by a psychotherapist.
Depressed, stressed, and exhausted when you should be enjoying the summer?
I use techniques like the meditation below with children, teens and adults in therapeutic coaching sessions.
Try this one at home, and let me know how it went!
(adapted from Adam Bernstein)
Sit comfortably, with music if you like, look out on nature, or imagine a scene, or close your eyes.
Allow your body to calm, your breath to fall into a slow, steady rhythm and focus on the comfort of this rhythm. Breathe in through your nose, and smile softly with the out-breaths.
When you’ve fully relaxed into the moment and the scenery, recognize nature as a playground of life. Allow this understanding to fill you, as well as your smile, with the good vibration that it carries. Imagine positive, healing particles of life entering your body with each breath. Imagine unwanted energies leaving when you exhale. Enjoy this wonderful cleansing.
As you imagine that there is no separation between you and this beautiful energy, become like a magnificent butterfly. Feel your wings and begin to allow yourself to make strong, smooth movements to carry you away on the breezes of your imagination.
As you fly, realize that you are a wondrous part of the universe’s cosmic dance. Keep moving your arms and reconnect with your bliss for health and happiness. Remember this joyful feeling from your childhood days and remind yourself that it is alright to honor your body’s need for movement and joy. If your body wants, stand up and move in ways that feel good. This is the important thing, that you feel free, joyful and “good.” Become as playful as nature herself!
Now, imagine that this energy has changed you for the better. This is a time of renewal and you have danced with joy. Express this as you wish through your own creative expression.