Mountain Cabin Guided Relaxation (Military Meditation Coach Podcast)

Mountain Cabin Guided Relaxation (Military Meditation Coach Podcast)


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[Dr. Julie Kinn] Welcome back to the “Military Meditation Coach” podcast. Your source for meditation, mindfulness, and
relaxation exercises. Made for the military but good for everyone. I’m Dr. Julie Kinn with the Defense Health
Agency. Today I’m pleased to introduce Dr. Timothy
Hoyt. He’ll be leading us in a guided relaxation
focusing on a mountain cabin. The “Military Meditation Coach” is produced
by the Naval Center for Combat and Operational Stress Control, and by the Defense Health
Agency. You can get in touch with us on Facebook and
Twitter @MilitaryHealth and our email address is in the show notes. The views expressed here are those of the
presenters and do not reflect the official policy of the Department of Defense or the
U.S. government. Now on to Dr. Hoyt. [Dr. Timothy Hoyt] As you listen to this imagery
relaxation exercise, allow yourself to feel the images that come to you and experience
the mental pictures that are painted by the words that are being said. Feel free to open your eyes at any point during
the exercise. And feel free to replace any images that you
find uncomfortable with your own soothing ones. Now close your eyes. Get comfortable. Breathe from your diaphragm. Very good. Let any distracting thoughts pass by and focus
on relaxation. [Hoyt] Imagine you’re up in the hills or the
mountains. Somewhere where you feel safe and comfortable. You’re staying in a beautiful mountain cabin
filled with everything you need for a peaceful vacation. Outside it is cold and snowy. But inside the cabin, you are warm and cozy. Enjoying this special place and the peacefulness
and quiet. The snow is white and fluffy, and as you watch
it falls lightly on the ground. Every now and then you hear the logs in the
fireplace snapping and crackling as the sap inside them burns and sends out the fresh
odor of pine. The fire is providing just the right amount
of heat and warmth for you. [Hoyt] You feel so safe and secure in this
mountain cabin. As you watch the snow outside, you move closer
to the window and notice the frost on the window pane. You put your hand on the cold hard glass of
the window pane feeling the heat from your hand and fingers melting the frost. You let your thoughts drift as you look outside. Then to get a better view of the outside you
begin to open the window feeling it give way to the pressure of your hand. As the window opens you take a big breath
of pure fresh mountain air. You breathe in deeply and exhale. [Hoyt] The feeling is so good and peaceful. Looking outside you can see the snow on the
ground and lots of tall evergreen trees. Looking off into the distance, you see a wonderful
view. The valley down below and other mountain peaks
far in the distance. Now you close the window and turn toward the
warm room behind you. You walk toward the fire. You feel it’s warmth as you get closer. Go ahead and sit back in the comfortable chair
facing the fire. Or if you wish you can lie down next to the
fire on the soft rug feeling the soothing warmth against your skin. Letting your body absorb the heat bringing
deep relaxation and comfort. [Hoyt] You can also enjoy looking at the fire. Seeing the burning logs. Hearing the crackling of the logs and the
hissing sound from the sap encountering the fire. Smelling the fragrant smoke from the burning
logs. Look around, noticing how the room is illuminated
by the light from the fire. Noticing the flickering shadows on the walls. You notice the furniture and the other objects
in the room. Just look around and take it all in. All the sights, and sounds, and smells. Feeling so peaceful in this place. So calm and tranquil. [Hoyt] You’re reminded that, even though the
cold wind is howling outside, you can feel so warm and comfortable inside. Letting that comfort spread to all parts of
your mind. In this place, you have absolutely nothing
to worry about. All that really matters is that you just allow
yourself to enjoy the peacefulness. Enjoy the deep comfort of being in this place
right now. Let the relaxed drowsy feeling come over you. All the sights, and sounds, and smells gradually
fade away. Let yourself drift. Let yourself float and dream in that cabin
far off in the mountains. [Hoyt] Now when you are ready you can bring
yourself back to a normal alert and wide awake state by counting from 1 up to 3. When you reach the number 3, you’ll open your
eyes feeling completely refreshed and comfortable. Now, 1, 2, 3.

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