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 here—the season of amnesia. The season to forget how hot the desert is in the summertime.
The stark landscape is surreal—sparse uncluttered.
You feel the harsh solitude of the place. Banks of clouds cast long shadows beneath them on the desert floor. You walk in and out of their shade.
The trail is well travelled and winds through a saguaro cactus forest. The cacti are otherworldly towering over your head, with large fleshy arms extending upwards. Most are in bloom with crowns of white flowers garlanding the very tops. Their trunks are pocked marked with holes, and you imagine the owls, lizards, snakes or other creatures sleeping inside who will wake up at nightfall.
Also along the trail are creosote bushes covered in yellow blossoms, buzzing with bees and a variety of butterflies. The creosote flowers smell vaguely like the earth after rain. Occasionally hummingbirds fly around too-small green jewels glinting in the sun.
The immense landscape rolls away, and your eyes are drawn to a daunting, impenetrable rugged range of mountains in the distance.
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 a dusky pink. 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 that contrasts with a steep canyon wall of red rock on the opposite side of the lake.
As you walk closer to the water, a wandering wind lightly brushes the hair away from your face.
Swimming lazily under the surface is a group of trout. While you watch them a bright red dragonfly skims the surface of the water.
You walk to the sandy beach where you find a smooth flat rock to rest on. Here you take off your shoes 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 within the little oasis, and an overwhelming sense of peace fills your spirit.
〰️ Clara 〰️
I am bringing my favourite outside experiences and imaginings to create visualizations that encourage peace and relaxation.