Creative Edge Focusing E-Newsletter

Relaxation #2: Going To The Beach---                               GuidedImagery                                                                                        

                     Dr. Kathy McGuire, Director                                    Week One

From Creative Edge Focusing: This month's Relaxation Exercise :  Week One ---"Ahhhhh....pause with me for ten minutes....and just relax!!! I will send this exercise each week as a reminder to pause... 
Some people find it easy to drop all their stress and enter into an interior Focusing space.  But, many people need easy first steps of practice for "going quietly inside." And even experienced Focusers get caught up in stress and business and welcome a reminder to take a moment to....pause.....(sigh!) attention to their breathing.......(ahhhhhh!)......and...relax...
Print and Practice!!!!! Visit The Beach
Here is your relaxation exercise for this month. Print it out, keep it handy, and take those few moments to relax every day, if you can, or as often as possible. Or, you can just open this weekly reminder and walk through the exercise online. Relaxing is one way to "clear a space" inside for a longer-term Focusing Problem Solving session.
You will also find this in the Complete Focusing Instructions download at Creative Edge Focusing, p.4: Pre-Focusing Practice A. Relaxation Suggestions #2: The Beach. You get it by joining our e-support group for further support in practicing Listening and Focusing.
And, if you order our Self-Help Package, also in the sidebar icons of our website, you can listen on audio CD Intuitive Focusing: Disk one, Track 3, with Dr, McGuire's peaceful voice to keep you company -- and help you stay on track!!


A. RELAXATION SUGGESTIONS (from Complete Focusing Instructions)

"Going To The Beach (Guided Imagery)


    The quiet time between instructions is an important time for just breathing---and relaxing.


     You can lie on the floor or, for most exercises, sit in a chair. If you fall asleep, it's okay! Means you need more rest! But you may also want to practice sitting up to avoid sleeping.

     Especially at the beginning, time those "1 minute" pauses and enjoy relaxing in the imagery. You will be amazed at how long a minute is, how seldom we ever pause for a whole minute!!!

                   Going To The Beach-Allow 10-15 minutes


---Lie down or sit down and get comfortable.       10 seconds


---Stretch---and relax---stretch---and relax---stretch---and relax--- three times--- 10 sec


---Notice your breathing, without trying to change it.

1 minute


---Now, imagine yourself at the ocean---.10 seconds


---See the wide, sweeping beach of white, crystalline sand---warm and smooth---10 sec


---Take off your shoes and socks, and feel the warm sand between your toes---10 sec


---Smell the sea on the breeze, breathing in---and out---in---and out---in---and out--10 sec


---Watch the waves rolling in, and hear their roaring sound---10 sec


---Waves blue-green with creamy white caps---lapping at the sand---10 sec


---Waves rolling in---and out---in---and out---in---and out---10 sec


---Lie down in the warm sand---feel its warmth all over your back---10 seconds


---Stretch and settle in, feeling the sun upon your body, the sand cushioning you---10 sec


---Listening to the waves rolling in---and out---in---and out---in---and out---10 sec


---Listen to the gulls crying over head---10 sec


---Feel the warmth of the sand below you, the warmth of the sun beating down on you---10 sec


---Remain here as long as you wish.

3 - 5 minutes


---Now stretch, and massage any tension in your face, neck, shoulders, or feet, if you like---

1 minute


--- And get up slowly.

About Creative Edge Focusing
Located by Beaver Lake in Rogers, AR, our goal is to support people in the practice of listening/focusing skills, throughout the world, and for personal growth, interpersonal conflict resolution, and creative individual and group problem solving.
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Dr. Kathy McGuire