Just for Kids – The Magic Tree Visualisation ( plus an activity)

If you are reading to a child remember to read slow and steady to allow them to form pictures in their mind to the words that you are reading.

For Kids; If you don’t have someone to read to you, an idea may be to read it and record it in your voice so you can then listen to it. Or you can read the words and simply imagine pictures to the words with your eyes open.   

The Magic Tree Visualisation

Close your eyes.

Take a big breath in and slowly breathe out.

Again, take another nice big breath in and slowly breathe out.

Imagine that you are standing in front of a big strong tree in a forest surrounded by lots of other trees.

The friendly tree says that it is very happy to see you.

The tree branches and leaves touch the other trees around it, so they all help protect the friendly animals that live in the forest underneath it.

You feel safe

You notice that you have a friendly animal by your side, it is happy to see you, because you have come to visit it’s favourite tree.

Give the tree a hug and ask the tree to take all of your worries away.

The tree knows how to turn these worries into something beautiful and send them away.

Notice how relaxed and happy you are starting to feel.

Say thank you to the tree and feel the love coming from the tree to you.

Say goodbye to the tree and your animal for now.

Give your fingers a little wiggle.

Give your toes a little wiggle.

Think about your body and feeling relaxed.

Take a big breath in and slowly breathe out.

Slowly open your eyes.

Some things to think about after doing this visualisation.

What did your animal look like?

What did your tree look like?

How did you feel when you gave your worries to the tree?

Activity

Draw a picture of your tree and your animal and keep it on your bedroom wall or put it in your journal.

Copyright 2012, Lisa Hemmings and Allan O’Keefe, www.pathofcalm.com.au

Visualisations

A visualisation is using your imagination to create a positive image or picture in your mind of what you would like to achieve or do, and how you would like to be or feel.

It is practise for your mind and body for how you want things to go, or how you would like to feel.

It could be about a particular event or situation or how you would like to feel all day.

Research shows that thoughts produce the same mental instructions as actions. Mental imagery affects many thinking processes in the brain; motor control, attention, perception, planning, and imagery. So the brain is getting trained for actual performance during visualisation. Visualisation can enhance motivation, increase confidence, and improve motor performance.

Athletes use visualisation as a technique to assist them in preparing for their performance. They rehearse their entire performance in detail in their minds, picturing every aspect. This can include the venue, what they will be wearing, how they want to feel and every important move they will make.

You can use your positive affirmation to work out what you want to think, then you can use your imagination to visualise or picture in your mind what it feels like achieving it.

To start with, follow a simple visualisation, one that helps you to simply relax. You can start by using one of our free visualisations. Look in the visualisation category of our blog page.

Copyright 2012, Lisa Hemmings, www.pathofcalm.com.au