Meditation is becoming one of the most important forms of relaxation nowadays in our society. It goes so far that even doctors accept that meditation can be incorporated in their treatment of certain conditions, such as depression and even cancer.
What few people realise is that meditation is an art by itself. To master meditation, it takes more than a few breathing techniques every day. One of the most powerful meditation types is visualisation. You can master visualization with a little practice. Think back to your childhood, how you used to even have invisible friends. You had your world of wonder, of which you grew out as you were growing up. Children are still full of imagination, and you can learn a lot from them.
Although you’re unaware of it, you’re actually using visualization one way or another. What you must do is to know that you’re doing it and be more conscious of yourself.
Meditation uses visualization very often. In fact, most of the meditation exercises that people are familiar about are all inclusive of visualization. So before concentrating on other complicated meditation exercises, you must first be able to master this specific art.
If you keep at it, visualization grows stronger. Also you must always be prepared and concentrated to let all your imaginations go.
If you want to be on your way to learning visualization, have a go at this simple exercise:
Pick a certain object in your home and clear your table and leave nothing but the object. Look at your chosen object and try to absorb all the specific details. You can try looking hard on the size, color, shape, and the light’s shade on it. Then, just memorize all details, or whatever you can.
Close your eyes and try to picture your object with your mind’s eye. Ask yourself if you remembered all the details, or if you forgot some of them. While doing this, think about your feelings about the exercise. Again, ask yourself if you feel stressed about the exercise or if you’re interested.
Erase the object from your mind. Picture another object that you have at home. Observe and pay close attention to the details. After that, open your eyes and go check that object. Was the object the same to that pictured inside your mind? Did you miss out certain details, if so, which ones? You have to once again ask yourself what you’re feeling while doing the exercise.
Now, try to remember a certain object from your past. Pay close attention to all the details. After doing so, try to put the object in its proper surroundings.
As you perform this exercise, you might have noticed that where you don’t remember some details, your mind fills up the gabs with your imagination. So, can you now tell which of the object’s part are real and which ones are not? Or which part came from just your memory?
Also think about how you felt during the exercise. For a beginner, visualization is not the easiest. However, don’t worry, it’s normal. And don’t get stressed about it. Very soon you will be able to do visualization exercises much, much easier. Just make sure you don’t give up. Don’t forget that perseverance is the key to success, and if you master this meditation type, you are well on your way to master all.
Maybe the most important work in visualization is:
Creative Visualization: Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in Your Life by Shakti Gawain
It is already considered a visualization classic, the book that everybody interested in all aspects of meditation, self-help and self-improvement should have on their shelves.