Making It Effective
How does guided imagery work and what is needed to attain results? There is no one single method. Since guided imagery is a process which exists in the mind, there is leeway present in terms of what can be done to effectively employ guided imagery for the desired purpose.
Both the mind and the body need to be completely relaxed before you seek to explore any adventures in guided imagery. If you are suffering from tension or your mind is chaotic, you won’t be able to create the imagery needed for the process to work. That is why meditation is employed as the basis for guided imagery. In a similar vein, you will need to gain control of your breathing. You may not need to do so immediately, but you will need to get your breathing under control at one point or another. Heavy breathing and hyperventilation does not exactly work well for those hoping to remain calm and concentrate on how their mind operates. As such, deep breathing exercises are a must to bring the respiratory system into concert with effective guided imagery techniques.
At this point, you will need to select a meditation process which can aid in facilitating the guided imagery. Most are familiar with seated meditation but lying meditation, walking meditation, and moving meditation can all be employed in an effective manner as well. One thing to be mindful of with any form of moving mediation, however, is that it can lead to distractions which make it too difficult to craft the overall imagery of the senses needed for the process to be effective.
Again, the mind is not the only thing engaged in the process of guided imagery. The physical body and even human emotions will be drawn into the mix, which can lead to amazing results that many would not assume possible. Because so many different components tie together in the process, distractions of any kind prove undermining.