The guided visualization this week comes from a mysterious desert island.
But first, I will begin with a quote from Pema Chödrön, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times.
"Things falling apart is a kind of testing and also a kind of healing. We think that the point is to pass the test or to overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don't really get solved. They come together, and they fall apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again. It's just like that. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy."
You are walking on the beach of a mysterious barrier island. Blond dunes stretch away in every direction. It's almost like being in a faraway lunar landscape, with all the edges rounded off and smooth.
The sea is tranquil. Little waves glide slowly over the flat sands cast through with swirls of light. Their soft sound is like breathing.
As you walk, you feel the hard-packed compact ridges of sand underneath your bare feet. It has a pattern of ripples like the surface of the sea.
Birds have started flying back to their roosts — tides of different birds. They call to each other, and occasionally some of them pass close enough for you to hear their wings flutter like pieces of paper.
The pale sun lingers on the horizon, then disappears. The sky glows red over the point where the sun has withdrawn, and a torn cloud drapes over the place where it was.
Dusk steals over the sky from the eastern horizon, and darkness slowly creeps over the landscape. As light seeps away from the day, night arranges itself around you. The air cools down, staining and dyeing the evening purple and blue-black.
Someone has piled driftwood inside a pebble and shell ringed firepit. The wood is dry, so the fire lights easily. Sparks fly up into the night sky and join the stars.
The sound of the sea and the wood hissing and crackling are calming.
After a while, the fire dissolves into embers.
You decide to take a walk down the beach again.
The sea is glimmering. You walk to the edge of it and splash your hand in the warm water. When you do, your fingers form contrails of purple, yellow and silver phosphorescence.
You take off your clothes and wade into the shallow water. The water around you burns with light.
As you float a little further and flutter your hands, long streaks of tangerine light sparkle and ripple away from you in the water.
You roll on your back and swim along the shore; kicking out rainbows of fluorescent light.
Soon you realize you cannot see yourself only the phosphorescence encircling and defining you at this moment.
You begin to swim back towards the glimmering fire on the beach.
When you get out of the sea, the light from the water trickles away and fades away into the sand.
The heat from the fire dries you off.
After a while, curl up under your blanket and slowly drift off into a deep sleep.
〰️ Clara 〰️
I am bringing my favourite outside experiences and imaginings to create visualizations that encourage peace and relaxation.