One of the most important strategies to influence your feelings is to use your imagination. Our emotional brain is quickly influenced by things we see. But things we imagine ourselves also quickly influence how we feel. Because our emotional brain is not so good at distinguishing between 'real' and 'fake', you can quickly influence your brain.
A way to adjust your feelings that has been used for centuries, is called 'visualising'. Visualising means that someone tries to imagine something as well as possible. As if you try to 'see' what you imagine with your eyes closed. When it comes to pain, by practising visualisation you can reduce the influence of your pain. This does not happen by itself, as always, exercise is important for the result. In the next exercise you will use your imagination and breathing to ease your pain.
The Healing Breathing Exercise
Before you start this exercise, imagine your own pain. You can imagine this, but the easiest way is to make a drawing with pen and paper. If your pain were a visible thing, what would it look like? What form would your pain have. Does your pain have spines, or is it smooth? Is it elongated, or maybe compact like a ball? What colour does your pain have? Try to think of as many details as possible. Maybe you can even imagine the weight of your pain.
Close your eyes and imagine the pain in your body. When you breathe in, imagine breathing in fresh, healthy and healing air. The air travels to the place of your pain. As the healing air travels towards your pain, your pain changes slowly. The spines might become less, the shape a bit friendlier. Maybe your pain starts to move less and the figure slowly gets smaller. The colour can also change slowly. On an exhalation you feel the pain and negativity flowing away from yourself. In this way you use your breathing for a few minutes to reduce your pain. When you go astray, you kindly bring your attention back to the exercise.
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