We all have those moments where we dream we could be somewhere else, somewhere far away, where the stresses and challenges of our current surroundings can’t reach us.
Unfortunately, beyond Star Trek, scientists have yet to crack teleportation.
What we can do, though, is journey into calmer realms within our own minds.
Because by creating our own mental ‘Quiet Room’, explains corporate psychotherapist and performance coach Julie Hurst (worklife balancecentre.org), we’ll have a peaceful place we can ‘check into’ whenever we need.
Inspired by the late Maxwell Maltz’s classic self-help book Psycho-Cybernetics, which referenced how we all need a quiet room inside our heads, Hurst offers this step-by-step guide on how to construct your very own mental Quiet Room...
Lay a strong floor – any kind of floor you like. Take in all its textures and colours. Notice how strong it is, and that just by standing on this floor you already feel more peaceful and more calm.
Now put up the walls of your room. Again look at the colours and textures of the walls. Examine them. See how strong they are.
Know that no troubles can reach you through these walls. This is sanctuary where you are always safe, and always calm.
Now it’s time to put the roof on your room, and the shell of your own personal haven is complete.
Light your room. You can use whatever lighting you wish, firelight, candles, wall lights. Let your eyes look around the room. Notice the darker and lighter areas and the muscles around your eyes will begin to relax.
As you carry on looking around the room you see that in one wall there is a large window, and next to that window is a seat.
Walk over to that seat and relax yourself into it. Notice how comfortable it feels. Allow your body to go slack and limp as that perfect seat holds you.
Now look out of the window. Outside you can see the most peaceful and relaxing view you have ever seen. It is exactly what you most wish to see. Let your eyes travel over every detail from the foreground to the distant horizon.
As you do this, notice that you are breathing in tranquillity, breathing out all worry.