We will begin the visualization today with an Apache Blessing.
May the sun bring you new energy by day, may the moon softly restore you by night, may the rain wash away your worries, may the breeze blow new strength into your being, may you walk gently through the world and know it's beauty all the days of your life.
You find yourself in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona.
It is winter, which the people who live here call the season of amnesia. The season when it's not unbearably hot, and therefore the season to forget how hot the desert will be when the summer arrives.
The stark landscape creates an uncluttered and unhurried feeling.
The sky is a bright shade of blue with many fluffy clouds casting long shadows beneath them on the desert floor. As you walk along, you walk in and out of the shadows they cast.
The trail you are on is well groomed and winds through a forest of the saguaro. The cacti are otherworldly and tower over your head. They have several large arms extending upwards, and many are in bloom with a fleshy crown of white flowers at the top. The trunks are pocked marked with large holes, and you imagine the owls who might be sleeping inside.
Also along the trail are creosote bushes covered in yellow blossoms, and buzzing with a variety of small bees and a few butterflies with black and white stripes. Their blooms smell vaguely like the earth after rain. Occasionally you can see purple and green hummingbirds flying around them too.
The air is still, and you feel the harsh solitude of the place.
The immense landscape rolls away; your eyes are drawn to a daunting, rugged range of mountains in the distance which looks to be impenetrable.
As you walk along, you notice track marks in the sand. They are large paw prints that could be from a coyote, or maybe two like they had been running and in places tussling together.
You arrive at a stand of low lying trees. They are ironwood trees and are also in bloom. You carefully follow the path through them, appreciating the oasis of shade they create.
When you reach the other side of the trees, the landscape unexpectedly opens up to a vast lake. The water is the colour of sapphire, and the sun glitters in places on the surface. On the opposite side of the lake is a steep canyon wall of red rock.
As you walk closer to the water, a wandering wind lightly brushes the hair away from your face.
The water is crystal clear, and swimming lazily under the surface are a group of rainbow trout. While you watch them a bright red dragonfly skims the surface of the water. The fish don't notice.
You walk along the sandy beach until you find a smooth flat rock where you can rest. While you are sitting there, a fish jumps out of the water. You take your shoes off and dig your toes into the sand. You lie down on the rock, feeling the heat trapped there from the day on your back. You feel relaxed, and slowly you drift off into a deep, deep sleep.
〰️ Clara 〰️
I am bringing my favourite outside experiences and imaginings to create visualizations that encourage peace and relaxation.