Relaxation is very important as we all know, in attaining any level of health and calm for the body and soul together. Fragrance and other precious luxuries are wonderful but their most fulfilling enjoyment comes with the ability to access the peace and calm deep within each of us. One of the ways to attain stress relief is through the use of meditation. Meditation can be a very difficult discipline, or it can be very easy if done through guided visualization techniques.
Clearing and calming thoughts and emotions and thereby exerting control over the mind effects and relieves us deeply. Giving yourself this kind of rest and relief is almost as good as a night's sleep, in many cases. It also can be a very useful tool in times of particular stress, from trivial to serious, for example to endure a long airplane flight, a bout of illness, stress over relationship or business, or any of the different ills we are heir to. I have tried different kinds of meditation, such as Transcendental Meditation and Vipassana, and also have tried many guided visualizations when I am really too much in the "monkey mind" to practice other forms of meditation successfully. Through my general browsing I found Meditainment, which produces cds, and downloads directly from the internet, to be particularly effective.
The voice is a soothing British accent, the simple background music is much better than most (not too new-age-y) and the archetypical imagery they bring you through have been I find most satisfying, like stepping into an old master landscape painting. Their Nature title is particularly transporting, you are guided to imagine yourself as all the forms of water, or as a tree in the life cycle of a year, or as a dragonfly experiencing metamorphosis and hunting. Hospitals, schools and airlines have used these to provide relief and a break from the worries and thoughts of everyday, which will be there when we get back, refreshed and renewed. I get a small kickback if you order through my links, but you can try a twenty minute guided visualization for free without registration. It's worth the time, and I would be interested in any opinion on it anyone cares to give.
Five Mindfulness Trainings