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How do you create the experience of relaxed expansion in your body? You get to discover your own unique methods. Does imagery work best? A bubble or balloon expanding, a flower opening over time, dough rising in the oven? What works for you?
Maybe a visceral sense is your key. Is it the sensation of ease and comfort from soaking in a hot tub or the sensory feast of landing in your favorite paradise vacation, walking carefree on smooth sandy beaches as pristine, azure waters beckon? Remember the feeling of looking forward to a week of frolicking, rest and adventure as your whole body is flooded with that.....AHHHH!
Perhaps you are more auditory and a big fan of ASMR videos. It could be that nothing soothes you like the rhythmic flow of water or waves, the sound of a rainstorm, wind or a crackling fire with crickets in the background. What is your niche?
Memory can be accessed for all visual, visceral and auditory cues. NLP teaches that you can creatively mix and match anything you've experienced or can imagine, to create a strong imprint on your consciousness.
The more you can relinquish the need for self-defensiveness, the easier it becomes. You want the "rest and digest" cascade of healing hormones and not the "fight, flight or freeze" physiology. Fear activates the latter.
The less serious or rigid and the more playful or experimental you are in your approach, the more success becomes a by product of not being afraid to make "mistakes".
Try this one: You are soaking in a hot mineral spring with the sound of a tropical waterfall in the background. In a magical moment, you catch a glimpse of a rainbow shimmering through its spray. Exotic birds are chirping sonorously. Flowers are in full bloom. You marvel at their texture and vivid colors as you deeply inhale their intoxicating aroma. You body melts into a deep feeling of release. A long awaited moment of perfection! You allow yourself to sink deeper and deeper into bliss. Spontaneously, profound gratitude fills your heart.