We can use our imagination to channel our awareness to limited images. By focusing on an image while meditating, we can restrain our thoughts from wondering around and use the images as ankers.
It can be a single image or it can be a more complex combination of images or even imaginative “video clips”.
In most cases, the images used have specific meanings and are use as focusing points (ankers).
Here is an example of how 3 images can be used, when practicing Harmonious Meditation, to bring awareness and balance between: Logic-Feelings-Instincts.
Harmonious Breathing is used to create a separation between Logic-Feelings-Instincts. A separation between our upper-logical part of the brain, our middle-mammalian-emotional part of the brain and the bottom-reptilian-instinctive part of the brain. 3 images of ourselves, that correspond with Logic-Feelings-Instincts are used as anchors, that reduce the space in which thoughts may arise and allow observing our thoughts more easily.
Breathing is related to three images:
1st image (full inhale 2 beat) – relates to the logical-analytical part of our brain.
2nd image (exhale upper lungs 2 beat) – relates to the mammalian-emotional part of our brain.
3rd image (exhale stomach 2 beat) – relates to the reptilian-instinctive part of our brain.
Examples of images:
1st image of myself, sitting in front of a lake, in a white shirt.
2nd image of myself, watching myself in the lake underwater, with one hand on the heart.
3rd image of myself, sitting underwater, without a shirt.
The “I” sitting in-front of the lake, is observing the “I” at the bottom of the lake. This creates as if a separation, between the logical the emotions and the instincts. It allows better observation of the thoughts from the outer.
All three Logic-Feelings-Instincts are vital for survival. In some case using logic has great advantages but it is a slower process and requires efforts. Faster decisions may be made by relaying on feelings / intuition. The quickest decisions made, are those that relay on instincts.