Thank you for joining me, Clara, on Your Sleep Guru Podcast and allowing me to help you relax and fall asleep.
In the middle of wintertime, sunny days may seem a long way away. The darkness is part of life, a backdrop for the stars at night, the shadow cast by a cloud on a hot summer day, the space within what you know. Darkness has a way of reminding you of the light you’ve been given on all those other days.
This meditative visualization is a brief respite from the cold and darkness. Please join me on a sunny break to the Island of Happiness.
Before we begin the visualization, I will start with a quote by Howard Zinn.
"To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.
What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.
And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvellous victory.”
It is a bright sunny afternoon, and you are walking along a tropical beach. The tranquil turquoise water laps lazily on the sand.
On the horizon, beyond the turquoise water is an inky line marking where the sea plunges fathoms into the depths of the ocean. Above it, steep ranges of cumulous clouds swell to the heavens.
The fine powdery sand has been heated by the sun, so you walk in the seawater to cool your feet.
Broken pieces of coral and seashells are scattered about on the shoreline. The intact seashells have hermit crabs inside. They scurry quickly away using brawny forearms.
Palm trees rustle in the soft ocean wind. Coconuts have also fallen on the beach waiting for the turning tide to float them away to faraway shores.
Tropical flowers like jasmine, pale frangipani, scarlet hibiscus, and bougainvillaea bloom among the foliage growing near the edge of the beach.
When you stop to gaze at the magical, clear water, a large head surfaces. It is almost the size of one of the coconuts with gentle hooded eyes. You can see the tip of its massive shell as it glides along the top of the water. The sea turtle is unaware of your presence. Soon it vanishes, leaving behind a slipstream.
Soon you arrive at a palapa with a colourful woven cloth hammock hanging from the beams underneath.
When you lie down on the hammock, it starts to swing gently from side to side. The shade feels cool.
When you close your eyes, your senses become more tuned in to the sound of the water lapping on the shore, the ocean breeze and the distant sound of joyful music. You can also hear laughter, and you imagine the people having a fun time together.
You feel calm and peaceful here in this place. The sound of the soothing waves and the laughter are hypnotic, and you allow yourself to be lulled off to sleep.
〰️ Clara 〰️
I am bringing my favourite outside experiences and imaginings to create visualizations that encourage peace and relaxation.