Introduction: How to Calm,Relax, and Re-Energize Yourself in Five Minutes

This is how you can calm, relax, and re-energize yourself through a way of meditating that we'll call Re-Energizing.

Step 1: 1

Okay, what were going to do here is re-energize. Usually when you meditate, you just sit there with your eyes closed, clear your mind, and try to feel good about paying someone to teach you this. The way I'm going to teach you to re-energize yourself is similar (yeah right, carbon copy) to standard meditating, except we'll provide outside influences and train our minds to associate re-energizing with pleasure.

How we going to do this?

When you stick your arm into a fire ant mound (don't have fire ants?, give me your address, I'm moving in), your body feels pain, and if your like most people, you'll associate fire ants with pain and suffering for the rest of your life.
On the positive side, the way you clicker train animals is by rewarding them and clicking the clicker. This way they learn that the sound of clicking is good. That is what we are going to try to do, clicker train our minds with music.
"Update" There have been many interesting comments posted explaining what's going on, I recommend that you read them.

Step 2: 2

Right, to re-energize.
Head over to your nearest music source and look forHayley Westenra, Enya, and Celtic Woman, or just follow these links:
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Put some songs into your music player/mp3 player. Then get yourself some chocolate, hot chocolate, latte, or some other beverage with chocolate. Start the music, close your eyes and lean your head back or into some other comfortable position. Visualize in your mind a green our red ball of light moving in synchronization with the sound of the music. Breath in and out slowly, relax your yourself, let your mind become absorbed in the music, let everything else slip away.

Then the music stops.
D'oh!

Step 3: 3

All right, you just re-energized. You can repeat as often as necessary. I have found that after a week or so of doing this, all I have to do is listen to the music and I feel relaxed. I don't believe this is a placebo affect (if it is, whatever, I still get relaxed anyway). What I believe is happening is that my mind is associating the sound of the music with pleasure and relaxation, so it releases endorophans and makes me feel good. I'm wrong? Post a comment and explain. I would appreciate feedback so that I can more accurately cite the effects of Re-Energizing.
"Update" You don't have to just re-energize, you can use music as a brain control device. Using designated artists/genres as your clicker, you can teach your brain to do just about anything. For example, listen to a lot of heavy metal when your really awake and pumped, then listen to it before work in the morning, I can almost (Note: I offer no guarantees, I'm just mentioning that this effect might happen) guarantee that you'll be awake in no time. Or you can use it as a diet aid. Play slow jazz when your full. Then listen to it after you've had enough to eat, but still want more. The possibilities are endless.

Please don't post comments to say the music sucks. You downloaded it.

Note: I am not responsible for anything that happens while your riding around on Cloud Nine, blah blah blah blah blah blah. (Everything is included in the blahs).

Live long and prosper,
rocketscientist2015

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GaneshanN (author)2014-08-05

if i feel very boring & any un wanted thinking then will go to some trust really i fell beteer then adove coments then back came to home started my work eneggitically So friends try to this way and after that you know what is life teach to us.

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Pfarmkid (author)2012-08-28

Hmmm...Fire ants. yeah not sticking my hand in it. I know a few people who have been eaten alive after falling in them after wrecking tractors, what a slow painful painful death

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LauraThompson (author)2012-07-31

I'll certainly try this. What is "endorophans"?

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Zem (author)2010-06-11

I've actually been doing this for awhile without meaning too XD Whenever I listen to Pendulum's songs from Hold Your Colour I zone out and start bobbing to the beat. Thanks for a way to concentrate it a bit more!

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bobo_the_clown (author)2008-06-23

Fire ants... Texas?

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KentsOkay (author)bobo_the_clown2008-06-23

Yah we've got some of 'em here....

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bobo_the_clown (author)KentsOkay2008-06-28

I live in Austin.

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8bit (author)bobo_the_clown2008-12-30

And you say you live somewhere around here that doesn't have 'em?

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jetsmiley123 (author)8bit2009-08-28

I live in Illinois, no traces of fire ants, thank god! i grew up in Texas, when i was 5, i sat right in a fire ant hill, and yes, i was completely covered in fire ants, YAY!!

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caterpillar-y (author)2008-03-25

not bad)
I'll probably try this exercise, cuse it's simple and quick. but there's nothing more relaxing than nature.
I usually watch some nature vids, relaxwithnature.com, or listen to the nature sounds on cd and then use breath exercises. This is really rejuvenating, but it does take time.

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KentsOkay (author)caterpillar-y2008-03-25

*shrugs* I've always found pretty females more relaxing but I'm sure flora scenes are just as relaxing...

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bowmaster (author)2008-02-22

I am a ninja and this SUCKS DONKEY BALLS

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KentsOkay (author)bowmaster2008-02-23

I am a ninja Smooth man, revealing your identity to the world.
this SUCKS DONKEY BALLS WTF is that supposed to mean?

I can't tell which is more hilarious, your claims of being a ninja, or your random use of words.

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bowmaster (author)KentsOkay2008-02-23

I would prepare my last will if I was you.

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KentsOkay (author)bowmaster2008-02-23

*sarcasm in voice* Oh please great Spaghedeity save me from this terror! Seriously man, I have felt more threatened by earthworms.

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w00ty32 (author)2007-12-03

Have you actually stuck your hand in a fire ant mound?!?!?!?!? im sorry, but how old were you when you di it? oh, and omaha has no fire ants. at least, not enough to notice. oh, and ill have to try this.

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KentsOkay (author)w00ty322007-12-04

Only time on purpose was at age 7.

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w00ty32 (author)KentsOkay2007-12-04

ok, good, cuz i was imagining A 20-sumthin guy finding some huge mound, the shove his arm in it. that would be kinda sad.... but i can see like tripping and putting you hand on one as you fall to stop yourself

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littlesamurai (author)2007-04-26

thios is really cool, kinda like whenever i hear "bring me to life" which was me and my ex girlfriends song, makes me happy and relaxed because i was like taht with her. but also unhappy because she dumped me and it took a long while to get over her, sorry ranting a bit

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Nabil (author)littlesamurai2007-11-16

for things like that I keep the song I like for myself... Sharing them is tempting, but dangerous...

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master-of-chaos (author)2007-08-06

personally, i find Dropkick Murphy's re-energizing oh well

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Well duh you are the master-of-chaos lol

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good point

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lemonie (author)2007-04-26

Nice different Instructable. I find that loud and agressive music can also be energising... However, do try The Orb's Little Fluffy Clouds. It would help to explain how this works in a bit more detail, in simple terms this would be (temporarily) banishing stresses, concerns etc? W/ref conditioned behaviour (clicker training) - is this part of the method, i.e. do you condition yourself to re-energise in association with e.g. chocolate or Enya? (And for one of the most commonly mis-spelled words, it's 'necessary'.) L

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gnanmorder (author)lemonie2007-07-21

I've got one that energises me but annoys everyone else, called numby tumby. It comes within 2 DB of the brown note and very close to a dog whistle, alternating tones in stereo.

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gnanmorder (author)gnanmorder2007-07-21

Sorry about my first comment I was half asleep. It's Hz not DB. I'll post the file when i can find a decent fileserver.

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Punkguyta (author)gnanmorder2007-07-25

linky!!!!

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lemonie (author)gnanmorder2007-07-21

Can you post that or a link to it, as I'd be interested to hear it. L

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KentsOkay (author)lemonie2007-04-26

Kinda both really. I just don't have a large enough database to be able to determine the exact effects of this activity. I only have the results from one person, myself.

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WayneBuckhanan (author)2007-05-01

This technique is called anchoring in NLP. You are associating an internal state with an external stimulus. Any one of the five modalities (visual, auditory, kinesthetic, olfactory, gustatory) can be used individually much as Vendigroth suggested (kinesthetic sensation of thumb and finger). The more stimuli you use to trigger your anchor the more likely it is that you'll get your desired state back. I'm impressed. You have auditory (MP3), visual (bouncing ball), kinesthetic (sitting in the same comfy chair), plus olfactory/gustatory (the smell and taste of your drink). You could more explicitly separate creating your desired state with re-accessing that state, then you wouldn't need the chair/music/drink to relax (unless you wanted to use them). PM if you want more info.

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KentsOkay (author)WayneBuckhanan2007-05-02

Boy am I glad I didn't enter a knex gun. I never realized there was so much to what I thought was so simple. Thanks for the info. rocketscientist2015

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Vendigroth (author)2007-04-29

this works by training the mind to associate a stimulus with an effect, like the clicker thing you mentioned.
If you do it the long way as documented in the instructable, you train your mind to associate the feeling of being relaxed with the music, then, the next time you hear the music *Click* here comes the happy feeling. Instead of using the music as the trigger, why not get to the happy state and press your thumb and middle finger together on your right hand. If you get it right, you'll use that as your trigger.
A lot more portable, i think ;)

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KentsOkay (author)Vendigroth2007-04-29

Hmm, good idea, I'll give it a try.

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T3h_Muffinator (author)2007-04-26

Hooray! Post a link in the "kill yourself via lack of sleep" thread, and post a link to the thread on here!

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Robotrix (author)2007-04-26

As long as the end goal is achieved placebos are better! Which would you rather: sugar pills that trick you into feeling better, or altering your body chemistry with side effects? Obviously, most problems can't be solved with placebos, but if they work then they are the best solution, imo.

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LarrySDonald (author)2007-04-26

It isn't a bad idea. I've used this from time to time with other things. I stumbled on this effect as a child when I once woke up before my alarm went off and decided to read for a while before heading off to school. When the alarm went off, I instantly felt extremely tired (it had a very distinctive sound). My brain had an ingrained association between this sound and the feeling of being tired, as it ought since that's when it always sounds - when I'm tired. I tried linking other sounds to other emotions, playing short sniplets or looking at symbols consistently when happy or energetic and avoiding them otherwise, "loading" them over time with that emotion. It does erode though, as you are essentially "borrowing" energy/joy from another source - the brain will at a similar pace disassociate the symbol and emotion after reenforcement stops. It can act as a handy "buffer" though.

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dorxincandeland (author)2007-04-26

I find that taking a poo works really well too.

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