Blowing Away the Dark Clouds

Did you know that you can use a technique called mental imagery to alleviate your response to stress?  Gerald Epstein, MD, tells us how to do it.  Dr. Epstein says mental imagery is the true and natural language of the mind and you can use it to bring about changes in your well-being and to promote physical, emotional, and spiritual healing.

Here’s how to do it.  Sit up straight in your chair.  Make yourself comfortable.  Don’t cross your arms and legs.  If you are in an arm chair, put your arms on the chair.  Otherwise, put your hands in your lap, palms down.  Now, here’s the exercise he created: 

“Blowing Away the Dark Clouds” 

Close your eyes.  Breathe out through your mouth and in through your nose briefly.  Repeat this three times.  See dark clouds above you.  As you stand under these clouds, see yourself blowing them away to the left by blowing out three breaths (in imagery, not physically).  Then look up in the sky to the upper right and watch the sun enter the sky above you.  When finished, know that the blues have gone and open your eyes.