You are walking on a trail beside a tranquil river which perfectly reflects the long wispy filaments of clouds in the luminous blue sky.
The nature on either side of the river is primitive and dense with palmetto palms, saw grass and wild magnolia trees. You can hear birds and crickets, and other animals rustling in the thick undergrowth.
The path ends at a small wooden jetty.
The sea perfumes the air here.
You walk to the edge of the dock. When you look down into the water, you see islands of seagrass swaying in a soft underwater current.
The pier casts a shadow on the water. In the murky depths underneath it, you notice a dense school of mullet fish hovering immobile.
As it is a hot day, you decide to go for a swim.
You jump in, the water is refreshing and tastes fresh and sweet on your lips.
You feel relaxed as you float on your back and drift with the current.
Closeby, you hear something gently breach the surface of the water and exhale.
When you open your eyes, you see the whiskered face of a manatee.
The large grey creature moves deliberately closer to you. Now you can see the thick bristles around its mouth, reminding you of a walrus but without tusks. Its eyes are small in comparison to its massive body.
The manatee is not threatened at all by your presence and observes you for a short time.
After a while, the manatee slowly slips by you and swims away. As it does you notice the barnacles on its back break the water when it dives down underneath the surface with a broad stroke of its powerful flat tail.
You follow behind the manatee silently as it moves along the riverbank. As the water is shallow and clear, you can clearly see it grazing through the meadows of deep green seagrass that line the bottom of the riverbed in every direction.
After a short time, the manatee disappears through a narrow rocky opening. You follow it and find yourself in a sheltered cove which is like an oasis surrounded by palm trees. The water inside is pure aquamarine blue and has the clarity of glass.
You soon realize you are at the headwater of natural springs. Here and there the water bubbles and gushes up underwater through the sandy bed.
At first, you assume the darker shapes you see under the water are rocks. But when you see the shapes move, you realize you are in the middle of a herd of about fifty manatees.
The manatees appear to be resting. The cove is tranquil, with no sound but that of their soft exhalations when they occasionally stir from their slumber to surface for air.
Not wishing to disturb the manatees and this drowsy lagoon, you turn around and swim slowly back through the narrow opening out into the river channel.
As you leave, a mother and a calf pass closely by you, and then another larger one on their way to their secret relaxing spot.
You swim back to the pier and get out of the water.
You feel chilled, but when you lie down on the wooden jetty, your body soon soaks up the warmness from the sun.
You feel meditative and calm from the mysterious experience with the manatees.
Now the low slanting rays of the afternoon sun and the sound of the river lapping under the jetty create even more of a drowsy feeling. You close your eyes and like the manatees, drift off into a deep sleep.
〰️ Clara 〰️
I am bringing my favourite outside experiences and imaginings to create visualizations that encourage peace and relaxation.