Guided Imagery

What’s Guided Imagery?

It’s the easiest, most user-friendly form of meditation you can find.  It’s simply listening to words and music that guide you on a positive journey, where you imagine yourself relaxing and doing well, with all your senses.  Even half-listening works.

How often do I have to listen to it?

Even a few minutes a day has been found in scores of randomized, clinical trials to relieve stress, improve performance, lift the blues, improve sleep and shift the biochemistry of the body to more positive states. .

The more you listen to it, the more powerful it gets. After a few weeks, the positive messages will become automatic and you’ll need to listen less. 

How is it different from meditation or self-hypnosis?

It’s really not.  It’s a simple, user-friendly form of either.

Why is it called “The Lazy Man’s (or Woman’s) Meditation?

Because all you have to do is press “play”.

Do you have to believe in it for it to work?

Nope.  It’s not a religion, just a resilience technique – a very effective one at that!  

Why this portal at California Community Colleges?

We specifically chose the downloads on this page to help remedy the issues students tell us interfere with their academic success – stress, anxiety, depression, insufficient sleep and trouble concentrating.

This allows you to load these powerful audio tools onto your phone, computer or listening device, and have them with you 24/7.

You’ll especially appreciate having them before taking exams or during especially demanding weeks when you’re feeling fragmented and stretched thin. 

Ten minutes of listening to guided imagery can save you from hours of distracted, unproductive worry.  And if you only have 5 minutes, that’s okay too.  Take the five. 

How can I maximize the positive impact of Guided Imagery?

You’ll get the most out of it by

  • Listening frequently at first, even if you only have a few minutes each day; and
  • Listening during those dreamy times when you’re just waking up or just falling asleep; and. 
  • By putting your hands in the same position each time you listen – that way you develop a conditioning cue that will automatically relax you when you’re stressing

How do I access the page? Use this link or the QR code and follow the instructions. 


Access Guided Imagery


Password, if requested: CCCwellness4u

Click here for the poster page with a QR Code for scanning with your mobile device's QR Code reader.