I have done this for many years now and I was taught to do it as a child. It allows me to let go of things, to re-evaluate them and to see them from not just another point of view but from what I like to call a 360 degree view.
Usually I go outside and sit quietly in nature, i've even sat out in the rain; under a large umbrella, the rhythmic pitter-patter of the falling rain is ideal for this purpose.
First, I take deep breaths and exhale slowly allowing my body to relax; my muscles slacken, my back straightens slightly and then I close my eyes. A few seconds later, i'm floating; floating somewhere and no where at the same time, and although I engage the same method when I meditate, I don't progress to a meditative state now.
I now shift my focus and think about my Reflection Garden. It's a blissful small Zen garden filled with small lush green plants, large blossomed flowers of all kinds and sweet floral fragrances. A tinkling water fountain fills the air and small statues are hidden amongst the greenery and shrubs.
Here is where i focus my thoughts I now think about any particular situations or occasions which need reflextion. Here in this tranquil garden the angels show me and guide me, allowing me to see others' points of view or opinions and then gracefully show me the conclusions or outcomes.
This allows me to better understand and then I ask the Angels to remove any negativity created by harsh words or actions and replace them with love, light and healing.