Updated: Jun 19, 2018
Combat negative feelings such as fear, anger, guilt, and anxiety with something we have readily available in our lives and is totally free.
Negative emotions can get the better of us. Feelings of anger, worry and fear, if we are unsure what to do with them or its overwhelming us, we generally turn them inward at ourself. This leads to negative self chatter stepping in to heighten the negative feeling; "It's my fault, I'm not good enough, I can't help how I feel. This always happens!" I've experienced how this type of negative flack and guilt depletes our emotional and physical wellbeing rendering us exhausted and stuck.
By turning to our inherent creativity and visualising yourself letting go, leaving behind, releasing the negative stuff, we create a positive experience returning some internal equilibrium to our inner thinking. Moving past the 'woo-woo' nature of what I'm suggesting Harvard professor Srini Pillay has spent years proving there is a strong scientific basis for how and why visualisation works.
"We stimulate the same brain regions when we visualise an action and when we actually perform that same action." - Srini Pillay, clinical professor of psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
So using our natural creative imagination in a more conscious way is a tool to moving beyond the barriers of negative emotions and thinking to create a desired outcome and we have this skill already, it is not something we have to learn or pay for...are you game?
Find a quiet spot where you won't be disturbed for 20 mins. If you choose, score your negative feelings out of 10. Relax and listen to this guided visualisation below. Let your imagination do the work. After the experience score your negative feelings - what difference do you notice?
- Our aim is to dial down the feelings of negative emotion, a little at a time
- We are retraining our brain so you need to repeat the experience
- Emotions you are working with change over time; note down what has changed for you
- You are not Buddhist monk you will not be full present, concentrating all the time, so lets just say it and let your experience be what ever it will be
- Let me know how you get on, genuinely interested