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Guided Imagery Meditations Can Calm Anxiety Over COVID-19

Friday, April 10, 2020

Sunrise over the ocean. A scene one could visualize while doing a guided imagery meditationCOVID-19 isn’t only making people sick, it’s infecting our psyche with anxiety and fear. As individuals, we cannot control this pandemic (although we can help slow its progression by following stay-at-home orders), but we can manage our reactions to it.

Meditation is a relaxation practice that can keep our thoughts and feelings in the present moment. While meditating, you are not ruminating about the past or worrying about the future. It trains us to be mindful —aware of each moment without the soundtrack of judgement running in our heads. NewBridge Services is presenting different meditation practices to try. Today’s topic is guided imagery.

Guided imagery

Listen or watch videos that help you experience peaceful scenes and experiences, using multiple senses. Kaiser Permanente offers this audio track led by guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek.

Or try this 10-minute guided imagery experience offered by City of Hope National Medical Center. 

There are plenty of meditations available online, and on audio and video streaming services.

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