ClicBefore the visualization, which will be about El Camino, I will begin with a simple yoga pose to invite tranquillity. If you like, you can add this pose as one of your self-care techniques to help with relaxation.
Sit cross-legged or in a chair with feet flat. Rest your right elbow on your right knee. Lean your right cheekbone onto the palm of your right hand. Close your eyes and relax for 1 to three minutes.
Once you have done this, complete the exercise on the opposite side. Rest your left elbow on your left knee, and your left cheekbone onto the palm of your left hand.
The white village nestled in the notch in the hillside becomes smaller the further you walk along el Camino. At one point the city seems to be floating above the mirage. The last thing you see is the tall church tower, and then it disappears in a haze of heat.
The small mule carries a pack that contains a blanket, a drink and a snack. He follows closely, willingly without any need for a rope. Occasionally the mule touches you gently with his velvety nose maybe for reassurance or camaraderie.
White granite cairns mark the route of the trail that zigzags across a high pasture of tall grass bleached by the sun. Sheep graze the area. Their bells toll gentle music.
At a turn in the path, you find a large feather with black and white stripes. You stop and pick it up. When you brush the feather against your fingers, the strands are so fine you can't feel them against your skin. You put the feather in the band of your straw hat and keep walking.
The parched fields open up to a vast patchwork of fields of brilliant yellow flowers over which butterflies find their path, and you start hearing a chorus of crickets. Swifts occasionally fly overhead.
El Camino now traverses fields of tall yellow flowers that reach up almost to your head and are taller than the donkey.
At the top of the incline, you arrive at a stand of trees and large granite rocks. Thick green velvety moss covers all the boulders. You decide to stop.
You begin to hear the sound of a stream. It seems impossible that there would be water here, but you soon discover a small blue spring.
After you unpack the mule, you take off your shoes and soak your feet into the refreshing water. The donkey drinks and wanders nearby to eat grass.
The spirit of the place is so peaceful. You lie on the blanket and look up at the sky and the clouds filtered through the juniper trees.
You feel relaxed, calm. And you close your eyes.
〰️ Clara 〰️
I am bringing my favourite outside experiences and imaginings to create visualizations that encourage peace and relaxation.