12/22/2012 10:53 am ET Updated Jan 02, 2013

GPS Guide: Connie Corley's Imagines 'Ocean Magnificence' To Relax And Unwind

The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you find your way back to balance.

GPS Guides are our way of showing you what has relieved others' stress in the hopes that you will be able to identify solutions that work for you. We all have de-stressing "secret weapons" that we pull out in times of tension or anxiety, whether they be photos that relax us or make us smile, songs that bring us back to our heart, quotes or poems that create a feeling of harmony, or meditative exercises that help us find a sense of silence and calm. We encourage you to look at the GPS Guide below, visit our other GPS Guides here, and share with us your own personal tips for finding peace, balance and tranquility.

Connie Corley is a Professor and Co-Host of KPFK-FM "Experience Talks." You can visit her website and subscribe to her newsletter on positive living at www.conniecorleyphd.com.

Connie Corley's 2 Tools To Help You Find Your Center:

1. Deep Breathing (also known as belly breathing):
This is a very easy and soothing form of breathing. Start by drawing air into the nose, deep down to the diaphragm (by the “belly”) and breathing out slowly through the mouth. It is a core teaching through the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, DC.

Add a pattern of breathing during stressful moments or even during meditation. Sometimes just a few breaths elicits the relaxation response. I teach it to many people and use it upon waking and throughout the day as needed!

2. Guided Imagery:

The beach. Closing the eyes and starting out with deep breathing, I envision taking a stroll on the beach engaging all the senses (e.g., sight, smell, the touch of the sand walking). This is very calming and works well before sleeping or to begin meditating.

This imagery was very powerful helping my children fall asleep for years, and any kind of imagery of a favorite place to relax really works well with guided imagery. I use this when I need to remind myself of the magnificence of nature and its healing power. Recently I recorded it for my older daughter (now 25!)

See some examples of the magnificence of nature in Connie's GPS Guide below.

Connie Corley's Ocean Magnificence

Connie Corley, MSW, MA, Ph.D. is a Professor at Fielding Graduate University and Professor Emeritus at California State University Los Angeles (and Associate Director of Lifelong Learning, Applied Gerontology Institute). She completed her graduate degrees at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She holds certification from the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, DC and also teaches at Saybrook University School of Mind-Body Medicine.

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