Before we begin the visualisation this week, let's start with some simple relaxation exercises.
Find the place you feel most comfortable like your bed or a favourite chair or even on the floor with a pillow.
Gently close your eyes.
Breathe in and out.
Press your head back gently into your pillow.
Tilt your head down for a few moments, breathe in and out. Slowly tilt your head gently to the left. Breathe in and out. Now back to the centre. Breathe in and out. Now tilt your head to the right. Breathe in and out. Let's repeat one more time.
Press your head back gently into the pillow. Tilt your head down for a few moments, breathe in and out. Slowly tilt your head gently to the left. Breathe in and out. Now back to the centre. Breathe in and out. Now tilt your head to the right. Breathe in and out.
As you breathe, release any emotion or thoughts that don't serve you well.
Our visualisation this week takes us to the rain forest in Costa Rica.
You are on a path in the middle of a jungle. The trees almost meet overhead, so you feel like you are in a vaulted building or tunnel. The air is full of the aroma from the dense vegetation, and the stillness of the forest is broken by the sounds of insects, tree frogs, birds and many other unusual noises you could not identify.
This forest is an old growth one and has been supporting the tropical ecosystem for thousands of years. The trees are massive, towering high overhead, each one vying for the precious sunlight. Long, thick vines drape down from the tree canopy. Exotic ferns, orchids, bromeliads and carpets of moss cling to the tree trunks. Bushes of large-leafed tropical plants crowd all the shaded spaces above your head. The abundance of greenery diffuses the light so much you feel like you are in twilight even though it is the middle of the afternoon.
There is a sensation that many animals are watching you from secret places. You can see many kinds of small butterflies swirling around. They are all colours, and then you notice some you have only ever seen in books or display cases in museums. The iridescent blue morpho butterfly, it flies slowly through the trees, you watch it until it disappears from view.
As you walk along, you brush against the large leafy plants growing alongside the path. Some of them are wet with dew.
You notice a large cluster of deep purple orchids flecked with white growing from the stump of a fallen tree.
Overhead you hear some howler monkeys calling loudly to each other.
You keep walking. In the distance, you can hear the sea.
The path breaks free from the forest, and you are now standing in a small grassy clearing. In the middle of the field is a bamboo hut on stilts with a palm roof.
You climb up the small wooden staircase to a room. The front side of it is entirely open with a colourful hammock hanging from the rafters.
From this vantage point, you can see the Pacific Ocean in the distance. The ocean is tranquil, with a slight mist on the horizon.
You climb into the hammock which immediately cocoons you, and rocks you gently. Some yellow birds fly around the hut, and in the distance, you can again hear the howler monkeys.
The sun is beginning to set.
You feel peaceful and relaxed.
You close your eyes and 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.