Thank you for listening to Your Sleep Guru Podcast and allowing me to help you relax or fall asleep.
For our visualization today, you will need to bring an imaginary bathing suit, snorkel, mask and beach towel.
But first, have you ever thought deeply about your experiences with animals, whether family pets or unusual encounters with wildlife. Animals have a more significant meaning in our lives than many of us realize.
Interactions with animals can open a window to the soul and help with spiritual development. Animals from all stages of our lives, and even from the wild appear with messages that communicate their ancient wisdom which can inspire or help navigate our true purpose. Being aware of the importance of our interactions with animals can help heal parts of our mind and soul.
You find yourself walking on a wooden walkway carved through a high grove of palm trees and thick emerald green thickets of sea grapes. You can hear the soft calls of seagulls overhead, and the gentle sound of the surf somewhere in the distance.
The trail ends at a deserted beach. The damp early morning air has hardened the sand, but the sunshine has fixed the surface into a crust which cracks and crunches under your bare feet as you walk to the edge of the waves.
Someone has been here before. The word LOVE has been etched into the sand.
Here and there are a variety of broken shells, small pieces of coral and sea glass.
The colour of the sea is neon turquoise, surreal and otherworldly.
On the horizon, cumulus nimbus clouds cast shadows on the sea. Patches of sunlight touch down everywhere. White lines of seagulls fly near the shoreline.
You notice dark shadows shifting beneath the surface of the water. When you get closer, you see the inky dots are a group of stingrays congregating in the shallows. They have a roundish shape and are undulating their whole bodies in a wavy motion like large birds flying under the water.
You put on your snorkel mask and push yourself off into the water. The water is clear and warm, so it feels like you are jumping from air to air, and suddenly you are gliding through the water. Floating free of gravity, soaring over a dappled, powdery landscape. Your body is encased in silver bubbles that dance up to the surface.
You are deeply aware of your breath as breathe in and out. The sound has a hypnotic and calming effect.
Within a few moments, you are flying among the rays. They observe you calmly with their large, tender eyes on the top of their heads. The water is shallow here so you can swim near them. They are not afraid of you, nor you of them. Soon you are floating together, and you enjoy the sensation you have of being one of them. A part of the fever of Stingrays as they are known to be when in a group together. Occasionally you can feel their soft fleshy wings brush against your legs. Emboldened by their gentle communion, you reach out and stroke the wingtip of the ray closest to you. The skin is the softest and most delicate thing you have ever felt before.
After a while, you drift back to the beach. Carried in by the current. When you get out of the water, you take off your snorkel mask and lie on your towel. You feel peaceful and relaxed at one with the ocean as your breath matches the rhythm of the gentle waves.
〰️ Clara 〰️
I am bringing my favourite outside experiences and imaginings to create visualizations that encourage peace and relaxation.