Fear-based beliefs keep us stuck and programmed. Using your imagination, you can interrupt negative patterns and transcend the stories that have held you back from living in peace and happiness. This brain training exercise can help you choose peace instead of stress.
“To experience peace does not mean that your life is always blissful. It means that you are capable of tapping into a blissful state of mind amidst the normal chaos of a hectic life.” – Jill Bolte Taylor
The Landscape Exercise is part of the IN-Vizion® Process, as taught by Colette Baron-Reid of the Master Intuitive Coach® Institute. This is a creative, intuitive, right-brained exercise that shifts you from uncertainty and anxiety to clarity and a purposeful state of mind. What you’re doing is retraining your subconscious perspective and essentially mastering your mind. With this new perspective comes relief.
Though this is a virtual mind-body exercise, it’s possible to find a semblance of relief even if you’re not a visual learner. Be open to the concept of this brain training process. It can help you establish a connection with the deeper parts of your mind, where habits and patterns are formed and continue to shape your choices and decisions every day.
The Landscape Exercise: a Brain Training Technique to Release Stress
Follow along with these steps when you feel stressed, overwhelmed, or stuck in old behavioral or negative belief patterns.
1. Choose an uncomfortable emotion or situation you would most like to shift. Examples are fear, anxiety, overwhelm, shame, judgment, doubt, or unworthiness.
2. Choose a comfortable place in your mind. Imagine yourself sitting or standing on a hill. Be barefoot in your mind with grass under your feet.
3. Recall the uncomfortable emotion you’ve decided to work with and feel it deeply. Locate it in your body. Where do you feel it? Invite it to come forth with as much curiosity and passion as possible.
4. Invite the emotion and allow it to show itself to you as a landscape, which appears in front of you. You can safely view it from the hill. What are you looking at? What does your emotion look like? Do you see a forest, volcano, ocean, desert, building, or something else?
5. Observe the landscape, whatever it is. Be as abstract or specific as you need to be. You’re seeking to find what you don’t know. Is it indoors or outdoors? Sparse or full of images? Don’t force it. You may sense something instead of seeing it, and that’s okay. Describe what grabs your attention, even if it’s blank space. Everything (even emptiness) is meaningful.
6. Describe the sights, sounds, shapes, colors, and impressions present. See it outside of you. Notice that you are not the landscape. You are observing it from a neutral state on the side of the hill. You are not your emotional state.
7. Feel the immediate relief as you experience this detachment. Breathe it in. Recognize that the place presenting itself to you isn’t a personal characteristic of you, but an internal state of being you’ve recently inhabited and are now observing. You have detached and become the observer of this emotional state. Even if you’re standing in the landscape, you’re not the landscape itself.
8. Really connect with the fact that you are indeed the observer of your emotion. Allow the recognition of relief this brings.
9. Walk down and explore the landscape and discover interesting details of the landscape. Describe the terrain, climate, colors you see, animals, etc.
10. Turn around. What’s the view behind you? How does this add to your understanding of the emotional state it represents?
11. Call in a winged creature.
12. Describe the creature when it arrives. What species is the creature? It’s okay if you aren’t sure. Allow it to become big enough for you to get on it, or imagine yourself becoming small enough to get on it.
13. Soar up into the clear blue sky. Being able to see the landscape of your emotions from a distance brings additional relief, detachment, and neutrality. Imagine that all you see is blue. Realize how tiny your emotional landscape is from this height.
14. View the landscape from above. Is it bigger or smaller than you thought? Is there an edge or border? How does it look from a distance? Perspective brings relief.
Learn more about Colette Baron-Reid and The Master Intuitive Coach® Institute.
- Did you enjoy this brain training exercise?
- Did you find it helpful, relaxing, or relieving?
- What practices or thoughts help you relieve stress and get back to peace?
Please share your insights, practices, and experiences with me in the comments.
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When relief happens, our world opens up and we can make a different choice.