Founder of Harvard’s Mind-Body Medicine Institute, Dr. Herbert Benson, coined the phrase “relaxation response: a scientific term for meditation.
The best way to stimulate your relaxation response and combat stress is to simply turn off your fight-or-flight response. This is exactly what you are doing in meditation.
Today, I want you to enjoy this guided relaxation technique. It will help you turn off your fight-or-flight response, get out of your head, and bring your mind and body into a relaxed state.
Think about what is causing you the most stress right now. Hold that image in your mind while you take a deep breath. As you exhale, imagine you are releasing that source of tension. Repeat this breathing technique three times.
Use this relaxation response technique anytime as a pre-meditation technique or anytime you experience stress throughout the day. It can be practiced anywhere, anytime.