Friday, March 14, 2008

Controlling Adrenaline Stress: Mental Imaging, 6

Continued from "Controlling Adrenaline Stress: Mental Imaging, 5"

In order to use mental imaging to practice controlling adrenaline stress, you need a subject for a powerful image. I suggest you choose a confrontation with your biggest nightmare. It might be a biker gang member with grungy teeth or a gang banger with a tattoo on his neck, or maybe even an Islamic terrorist with death and destruction in his eyes. Whatever image you choose, it should be someone who would make you nervous (or even scared) if you met him at midnight in a dark and lonely place.

Now, close your eyes and imagine yourself in exactly that situation. Do not see yourself from the outside. Put yourself into the scenario and see the orc as though he were standing in front of you & you are looking out at him through your own eyes.

Put as much detail into the image as possible. Look at your adversary and see his facial features -- does he have scars or blemishes? is he dirty? does he have bad breath? Feel the ground beneath your feet and the night air on your skin,

Once the image becomes vivid and real to you, you can let the scenario play out. The orc taunts you & tries to goad you into a fight. He is big & mean and totally self assured. He reaches out toward you.

You must not only imagine the orc's appearance and actions, but you must also imagine your own reactions. I want to speak to that issue in "Controlling Adrenaline Stress: Mental Imaging, 7".

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