Our visualisation today will take place in Venice, Italy.
Before we begin, please find your most comfortable space.
Take a few moments to focus on your breathing to feel grounded and centred.
Here is a quote from Ryokan Taigu which I would like to share with you.
“Keep your heart clear
And you will never be bound.
A single disturbed thought
Creates ten thousand
You find yourself alone in the streets of Venice.
You are lost, but that's OK. That's what happens in the tangle of streets.
The streets are narrow, and the grey rectangular stones you walk on are polished from centuries of people's footsteps. Traders, bakers, fishermen, painters, sculptors and now mainly tourists. Very few people are out walking at the moment.
It is late afternoon. The street ends at a square with one tall shady tree in the middle. Some people are outside drinking coffee; others are looking at a map. As you pass through the plaza, the church bells chime for mass.
All you can hear are the footfalls and the voices of people, and it's inexplicably calming to be in a place where there are no other sounds of the modern world.
You pass through the square and find yourself on an even narrower street. You stop to look up at the houses. They tower above you, resplendent with their crumbling facades, wooden shutters, ornate stone carved window frames and balconies, over which tumble pink geraniums. Underneath a men's clothing shop has closed for the day. The sign in the doorway reads "I Open Sometime".
You keep walking down the perfectly straight street and before long you are standing on a small stone humpbacked bridge. The canal is the colour of jade, and the still water perfectly reflects the grand houses surrounding you. When you breathe in you can distinctly smell the salty Adriatic sea. You are entirely alone, and it is quiet except for the noise of the water in the canal and the sound of some pigeons.
A gondola appears. It is entirely black except for some red upholstered pillows shaped like hearts. The gondolier waves casually to you as he passes underneath the bridge. When he disappears around a corner, he begins to whistle a song.
The sun is low in the sky, and thick golden shafts of light glance through the old dwellings, making the atmosphere more mysterious and magical than it already is.
You continue walking through the straight, narrow passage. You pass by a tabby cat looking at you through an open window.
The street ends at an open lagoon where twelve gondolas are tied up along the side of a small dock. Across the bay, you can see a large domed church with a clock tower. Someone has set up a yellow deck chair by the side of some stone steps. You go over to it and sit down. The breeze, the mellowing sunshine and the sound of the water are intoxicating. You feel calm and at peace. Like you belong here. You close your eyes for a moment, and before long 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.