Five Finger Exercise
- Touch your thumb to your index finger. As you do, go back to a time when your body felt healthy fatigue, when you had just engaged in an exhilarating physical activity. You might imagine that you had just played tennis, jogged, etc.
- Touch your thumb to your middle finger. As you do, go back to a time when you had a loving experience. It may be sexual, it may be a warm embrace, or an intimate conversation.
- Touch your thumb to your ring finger. As you do, go back to the nicest compliment you have ever received. Try to really appreciate it now. By accepting it, you are showing your high regard for the person who said it. You are really paying him or her a compliment.
- Touch your thumb to your little finger. As you do, go back to the most beautiful place you have ever been. Dwell there for a while.
The Five Finger Exercise takes less than 10 minutes, but it pays off with increased vitality, inner peace, self-esteem and is very effective for relaxation. This exercise can be done at any time you feel tension.
(The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook by Davis, Eshelman, and McKay, p.77.)