Use This Quick Visualization to Help Manage Stress

Go beyond ancient traditions of using plants only for healing compresses and teas.

1.  Know exactly how stress shows up for you in your body: heart palpitations, sleep disturbances, brain fog, high blood pressure, digestive distress, hair loss, neck pain, headaches, weight loss or gain, cramps and/or suppressed immune system (too many colds).

 

2. Focus in on one plant in your field of vision. You don’t have to go far. Look out a window or step out the door. The plant can be a tree, shrub, potted plant or even a seedling growing out of a crack in the sidewalk! See the plant and create an experience of it in the noticing. Even if the plant is way over there, you can notice the color, shape and imagine the texture of it.

3.  Connect your breath with the plant. Take a couple of deep breaths. Imagine you can see the plant pulsing with breath and life, because then you will be able to engage its healing properties.

4.  Ask for what you want from this plant! You can do this because you are aware of your own particular symptoms of stress. Close your eyes and create an internal experience of the plant reaching out to you vibrationally and releasing you of tension you’ve held in your body.

Smile! Feel free. Feel blessed!

Note: In 1984, Roger Ulrich, PhD at Texas A&M completed a study of two groups of patients in hospitals. One group had windows in their room looking out onto other buildings; the other had windows looking out over a grove of trees. The patients with windows with a view of nature had shorter lengths of stay, had better moods, developed fewer complications from surgery and took less medication.

5.  A quick thank you to the plant would be nice, although the plant expects nothing from you!

We share our planet with all things growing from the Earth. We depend on plants for many things: for food, to feed the animals that are raised for food and to create beauty. This is one more way plants serve us!

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