The Relaxation Response is a very pleasurable experience. Most people experience it as a peaceful state characterized by a sense of calm, refreshment, and well-being. Because the Relaxation Response is an innate response within us we all have the capacity to experience it and receive it's benefits. And because it is an innate response,
it is always available to us whether in the morning when we first wake up, before dinner as a way to let go of the stress of the day, or during a coffee break at work.
Dr. Benson at the Harvard Medical School has identified four basic elements which are required to elicit the full Relaxation Response. We encourage you to keep these elements in mind as you begin to use the guided relaxation exercises in this Course.
The healing effects of the relaxation response are dose dependent -the more regularly it is induced the greater the benefits for your health. To begin your healing journey away from stress and toward a life of health and balance, we suggest that you set aside at least 20 min per day to practice one of the guided relaxation exercises in our online mindfulness course. The shorter 5 min exercises are designed to be used in the midst of your busy day like a healthy version of a coffee break.
The important thing is to make relaxation a regular part of your weekly routine. Pick a time that works best for you according to the unique demands of your schedule, and then STICK WITH IT! Soon you will find yourself looking forward to your little mini mental vacations, and will even find yourself wondering how you ever got by without them.