Take time to escape to Your Place of Peace.
Turn your attention to your head. Wrinkle your forehead as tightly as you can. Hold it tightly. Now frown and notice the strain spreading through your forehead. Hold the frown tightly. Close your eyes and squint tightly. Feel the tension. Clench your jaw and bite down. Notice the tension in your jaw. Relax and allow your muscles to become smooth. Imagine your forehead and scalp to become smooth as silk. Relax your eyes allowing them to remain gently closed. Relax your jaw and allow your lips to part slightly. Notice that your forehead, scalp, eyes, jaw, tongue and lips are all relaxed... feel the calmness.
Press your head back as far as you comfortably can. Roll your head to the right and then to the left. Repeat this several times. Straighten your head and bring it forward. Press your chin against your chest for a moment and then relax. Feel the tension easing away.
Shrug your shoulders. Keep the tension focused as you hunch your head down between your shoulders. Then relax your shoulders. Feel the relaxation spread through your neck, throat, and shoulders. Feel completely relaxed.
Take a deep breath and fill your lungs completely. Hold the breath for at least four seconds and feel the heaviness. Exhale, allowing your chest to become loose. Continue to relax allowing yourself to breathe slowly and deeply.
Arch your back, without straining. Keep the rest of your body relaxed. Focus on the tension in your lower back. Relax the tension... deeper and deeper. Tighten your buttocks and thighs. Flex your thighs by pressing down on your heels as hard as you can. Curl your toes outward making your calves tense. Now, relax and feel the difference. Feel the heaviness throughout your lower body as the relaxation deepens. Relax your feet, ankles, calves, shins, thighs and buttocks.
Your Place of Peace
Try these techniques next time you need to escape, even just for a few moments. The only limits to where you can go are up to your imagination.
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