Taken from Abortion ~ a personal approach by Joy Gardener Used with Permission.



Relaxation Exercise


Begin by turning off the lights. Take off your shoes and lie down on your back on a bed or comfortable mat. If you prefer, you can relax in an armchair. Cover yourself with a blanket, or it it's too warm, just keep one nearby. Loosen any clothing which may constrict your breathing. Now close your eyes and relax.....

Inhale through your nose. As you draw the air into your body, feel it filling your lower abdomen, like a balloon. Hold your breath until it becomes a bit uncomfortable, and then exhale through your mouth, feeling the air gradually leaving your abdomen. And repeat 10 times (Pause for 5 minutes)

Now, bring your attention to your feet. As you inhale through your nose, imagine your breath going all the way down to your feet. Then, as you exhale through your mouth, imagine that you are breathing away all the tension in your feet.

Repeat this same procedure with your calves (pause for 10 seconds after naming each body part) ..... thighs..... genitals..... abdomen..... chest..... upper arms..... lower arms..... hands...... bum..... lower back..... small of your back..... area between your shoulder blades..... shoulders..... back of your neck..... scalp..... brain..... top of your head..... forehead..... eyebrows..... eyes..... nose...... cheeks..... ears..... lips..... jaw..... tongue..... throat.

Now, I'm going to count slowly, from 7 to 1, and as I do, you'll feel yourself become more and more relaxed. Seven..... very deeply relaxed..... six...... very deeply relaxed..... five..... very deeply relaxed..... four.... very deeply relaxed..... three..... very deeply relaxed..... two..... very deeply relaxed..... one.

All right. Now you should feel quite relaxed. Imagine yourself outdoors, in a very peaceful place (it may be imaginary or real). See yourself there: feel the air. Is it warm or cool? Is there a wind? Are there odors? Listen to the sounds. (Pause 10 seconds) Look all around you, observing the details of the place. Relax. I'll give you a minute to enjoy being there (Pause for 1 minute)

[If you're just doing the Relaxation Exercise, stop here and proceed to the last paragraph. If you want to do a visualization such as those mentioned on the visualization page.]

Now you're going deeper and deeper, but you will not lose consciousness entirely; whenever you wish, you may choose to stop this process. But for as long as it feels deeply good and right, you will ask your conscious mind to step aside. Just relax. Ask your intuitive mind to take control. Trust your intuitive mind to take you lovingly where you need to go.

And now, I'm going to count again from 7 to 1, and as I do, you'll feel yourself becoming more and more relaxed. Seven..... very deeply relaxed..... six...... very deeply relaxed..... five..... very deeply relaxed..... four.... very deeply relaxed..... three..... very deeply relaxed..... two..... very deeply relaxed..... one.

And now you are completely relaxed and peaceful. There is a white light encircling you and protecting you, so that only the good can enter. You are completely protected. Completely protected.

[Now you can go on to read one or more of the visualizations here. Or you may prefer to write your own. When you're finished, read the following aloud: ]

Now I am going to count from 1 to 7, and then you will find yourself returning to your waking consciousness. Your head will be clear and you'll feel more at peace with yourself, and better able to function and make decisions. You'll fell as if you've just awakened from a nice, refreshing nap. One..... two..... three..... four..... five..... six..... seven. Now you can stretch and yawn and open your eyes. You're wide awake.




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