The aim of visualisation is to calm and focus the mind, focusing on an object can take on a number of different forms. For example, the focal point may be an actual object, a candle light flickering, or you may use an auditory or kinaesthetic sensation like breathing. Visualising colours may be an option for those experiencing difficulties focusing on one particular object.
Visualisation uses the powers of the mind to restore inner peace and calm, by changing our thoughts and mental images we can change what we perceive to be our reality. We are responsible for our own thoughts, beliefs and actions. If we search and expand our minds using visualisation techniques the more open minded we become.
You need to be in a relaxed environment, free from distraction during your meditation. Wear comfortable clothing and ensure you sit in a comfortable position that you are able to maintain throughout your meditation, generally this will be around 10-20 minutes for beginners. Once you have settled and relaxed both mentally and physically it’s time to focus and breathe deeply.
Focusing on the breath and breathing techniques are an important part of any meditation or relaxation session. This helps release brain chemicals that act as natural tranquilisers and can help to reduce heart rate, lower blood pressure and is partially beneficial in reducing anxiety and stress disorders.
The use of positive visualisation techniques is considered to be a very effective healing tool. It’s been proven to relieve pain, speed up the healing process and improves both physical and physiological health.