Chill: Try Guided Imagery

Relax and re-center with Dr. Gordon in this 11-minute guided imagery podcast:

Guided imagery is a powerful technique that uses the imagination to create a relaxed state that can help with healing, learning and performance.

This mind-body technique, which Dr Gordon has taught at professional trainings around the world for over 20 years, is effective at reducing stress, relieving trauma and increasing creativity.

As Dr. Gordon says, “Guided imagery is a beautiful way to mobilize our mind to affect itself and to affect our body. All of the techniques of mind-body medicine are very firmly grounded in the anatomy and physiology of the human being. The centers in the brain that allow us to imagine are intimately connected to the sensory areas of our body, and also to the emotional centers in the brain, which in turn are connected through a part of the brain called the hypothalamus to the autonomic nervous system, which governs heart rate and intestinal functioning, to the endocrine system… and also to the immune system. When we create images we’re having an effect on how we feel emotionally, and potentially the hard-wiring is there for us to have an effect on every physiological function in the body.”

Try it yourself!

To experience more mind-body techniques, visit our Media Center and our Self-Care section on our website.

To register for our Mind-Body Medicine professional training, where you will learn a full menu of self-care and self-awareness techniques and the science behind them, visit our Mind-Body Medicine web page.

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10 comments

  1. This is easy, powerful and fun to do! It is exciting to see how our minds can affect our physiology with this exercise, and the implications it can have on our wellness.

  2. All of the techniques of mind-body medicine are very firmly grounded in the anatomy and physiology of the human being. The centers in the brain that allow us to imagine are intimately connected to the sensory areas of our body…

    • Colleen Mihal says:

      I have never tried guided imagery and found the podcast fascinating. I especially enjoyed the demonstration (begins around 2:30). Such a great resource and def worth a listen :)

    • Jo Cooper says:

      Hi, Robin- I hope the (audo) podcast is working for you? If not, please contact marketing@cmbm.org and we'll help. Anna, thanks for the feedback– we appreciate it. This podcast gives a little of the science behind guided imagery followed by a short experience. As guided imagery is a powerful relaxing meditative technique, the practice follows a calm pace. Stay tuned for more podcasts!

  3. A beautiful experience. My mouth is still watering as a result of the image in my mind and the soothing vioce of the speaker. Powerful stuff to help the body function more successfully. I really did enjoy the speaker guiding me and my body's response.

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