Visualisation- the perfect way to stimulate your students' imagination
Updated: Sep 22
For the last three weeks, I've been sharing how I use meditations to empower my students. If you missed my blog posts, you can find them here.
Today I want to introduce a special type of meditation in which we "invite" our thoughts on a journey by using an image. This mindfulness tool is known as VISUALISATION or GUIDED IMAGERY.
Why should we use VISUALISATIONS WITH OUR STUDENTS?
- to practise specific vocabulary
- to create a particular goal,
- to bring sensations,
- to go back to past memories,
- to help them explore themselves
My students love it when I use visualisations in class. I tend to build up a whole lesson around a visualisation so that we can practise literacy as well.
What inspires me?
I get inspired by different things, such as a beautiful pebble found on the beach, a poem or an image.
I use guided imagery with all my students. Despite having different backgrounds and ages, they all find this tool really powerful because it wakes up their senses- what they hear, see, smell, feel and touch.
Visualising transports the person into another world. If you only see the picture on the left, you can see the beauty of the roses. However, if you describe how it feels when you touch them, the fragrance coming from the bush and also include some sounds, the listener can easily see themselves there. I'm truly grateful to my husband who creates some amazing special effects which make my visualisations sound so real.
Here's one of my students' favourite visualisations
What do my students say after
"I could feel the warmth of the sunshine on my skin."
"The sea waves made me feel relaxed."
"I want to stay in the park and play with the children."
"It was incredible how the butterfly stayed on my hand. I didn't want it to fly away."
Have you used guided imagery with your students?
What effect have you witnessed?
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