Thank you for joining me, Clara on Your Sleep Guru Podcast, and allowing me to help you relax and fall asleep.
Because I am feeling excited about the new year, I am giving away an 8x11 inch 2021 Calendar to the first ten listeners who send me a direct message with their address. You can find Your Sleep Guru on Instagram and Facebook. The calendar is one I created myself and based on some of the past nature-based meditations.
Before the guided visualization, which is about the Collector's Cottage, I would like to invite you to completely relax with a simple exercise. Close your eyes. Breathe. Bring awareness to loosening your shoulders. Relax your face, your hands, your stomach, your legs and your feet.
The Collector's Cottage is set slightly back from the tree-lined street shaded and concealed by old oak trees with Spanish moss draping from the branches.
The collector isn't home now. He is shy and prefers solitude, but today he has kindly invited you to explore his house.
As you walk down the tabby path, small lizards dart away and disappear into the dense saw palmettos.
The house has a tin roof and constructed of weathered wood. The front door is slightly ajar.
When you open it, a slight fragrance of cedar wafts by you in the hallway.
On the wall by the entryway is a great wooden mirror. You catch a glimpse of yourself framed by intricately carved leaves, flowers, acorns, birds and squirrels.
Watery light filters through the windows into the main room that is filled with antique glass cabinets. The floors are covered with faded Persian rugs.
The glass cabinets contain rare shells from the ocean floor from all parts of the world. Exotic shells from the South Pacific, The Indian Ocean, The Gulf of Mexico. Shells as white as the surf. Some smooth and polished by the waves with delicate brushes of color. Others combed with spikes or coiling out into perfect rotational designs. While other shells have perfect combinations of all these attributes. Each shell is labelled. Names such as Japanese Wonder Shell, Pilsbry spider conch, chambered nautilus, Giant Tun shell. Imperial Harp Shell, Egg Cowrie.
In another glass cabinet is a fossil dinosaur egg as large as a small boulder. A washed-out label notes it was from the Jurassic Period 208 to 145 million years ago.
Several cases hold different fossils like ammonites, trilobites and pieces of amber with specks of ferns or parts of insects trapped inside.
All these fragments were hidden in the abyss of time until the collector, discovered and revealed them magically in the cases presenting you with a snapshot from millions of years ago.
The last glass exhibits are full of moths and butterflies. Your eyes are drawn to the case of a gigantic moth labelled "Saturnia Atlantica." It is tortoiseshell with a black banded body, two pairs of bold oval eyes on its wings, and long shaggy antennae.
You have arrived at the screened back door, which leads out into a narrow courtyard.
In the centre is a fountain with a pond. Several colourful koi fish gather inquisitively below the surface when they sense you gazing at them.
You walk over to a carved hardwood bench covered with a red velvet cushion under a fig tree. You lie down and look up at the sky through the branches. You feel yourself rest. Letting go of the past and any attachments to the future. Relaxing in this moment—a snapshot in time.
〰️ Clara 〰️
I am bringing my favourite outside experiences and imaginings to create visualizations that encourage peace and relaxation.