Today the visualization will be about the quiet city.
Before the visualization begins, I would like to start with a couple of simple self-care techniques. The first one will help release tension in the head, especially if you are experiencing headaches. Massage your temples lightly with your fingers in circular motions.
If you clench your jaw often during stress, another one to try would is place your thumbs, one on each side of your jaw, below your earlobes. Run your thumbs downwards several times along the bottom of your jawline until they meet in under your chin.
If you like, you can add this simple massage into your regular self-care routines for relaxation and stress management.
The streets are empty now. Everyone has retreated to the safety of indoors, behind the walls, the doors, the windows and the shutters.
You only have a small window of time outside for yourself.
As you walk down the canyon of the street, you are aware of the people cocooned inside-- waiting and hoping for transformation, unfolding into somewhere new and something different.
Occasionally you hear soft music, the voices of children, and you can smell bread baking.
All the cars and motorcycles are parked, and bikes lean against the walls. Some of the walls along the way have murals or graffiti with messages like "hope is stronger than fear", "Stay home, life is beautiful", "Thank you, heroes".
In a short time, the birds have returned and reclaimed the town. A chorus you haven't heard before within the city walls, but one you have heard in the countryside.
Walking along, you notice a murmuration of starlings. They are migrating on their way to somewhere else. Unfettered by passports, or stay at home orders. An inky banner of them furling and unfurling around the dome of the cathedral.
The air is clear, and the sky so blue everything stands out in sharp relief—the small details in the architecture that used to be invisible, the distant forest of pine trees miles away on the hillsides surrounding the town.
Pink and yellow wildflowers push through the pavement cracks and in between the bricks on some of the walls. And blossoms in the park you can no longer walk in are blooming like never before. The leaves on the trees seem illuminated from within, an other worldly shade of green. This spring is unlike any other.
Standing on the bridge, you notice the river has changed colour from murky grey to clear blue. Looking down, you see the water, like the air, is clear, transparent. Clear enough to see the fish have returned to the city, like the birds and the wildflowers.
A cool breeze brushes your face, bringing with it the scent of the ocean from several miles downstream.
You would like to walk further, but it is time to retrace your steps back to the safety of home.
When you arrive, you go up the stairs to your bedroom for an afternoon nap. After closing the curtains, you lie down and hear the birds singing outside your window the way they did years ago when you were a child.
〰️ Clara 〰️
I am bringing my favourite outside experiences and imaginings to create visualizations that encourage peace and relaxation.