This guided visualisation is through the Camargue region in France. The Camargue region is sometimes known as the "Wild West of France." Located in the southeast of the country, it is Western Europe's largest river delta. You will drift peacefully down a saltwater lagoon, encountering shorebirds and wild white horses along the way. The visualisation will end up at an antique lighthouse.
The kayak drifts slowly along with the current through the shallow lagoon.
The edges have disappeared. The calm water of the salt flats meets the horizon seamlessly mirroring the sky, creating an illusion that you are floating in the air.
A slight breeze gently sweeps the low lying clouds overhead, casting an inky patchwork of patterns on the surface of the water.
Nearby the shore teems with different birds. You notice curlews, ducks, grebes, ibis and herons feeding in the shallow water that laps up against the mudflats of the marsh.
A disturbance on the horizon out of the corner of your eye.
You turn the canoe.
Like an apparition emerging out of the water, a herd of white horses gallop towards you. Stampeding in spirited wild abandon, kicking up the water into a veil of foam and spray.
When the horses see you, they veer off into the marsh, tossing their heads, bucking high sideways scattering the shorebirds.
As they disappear the air trembles from the disturbance of their hoofbeats on the earth.
Then tranquillity returns.
In the distance, you see a white lighthouse with an orange tiled roof.
At a wide strip of sand, you pull the canoe ashore up the bank,
and begin walking towards the lighthouse on a trail made of gravel and crushed oyster shells.
Sea lavender, grasswort, tamarisk and wild rosemary grow in hedges on either side of the track. The middle of the road is overgrown with thick grass and dandelions.
After walking a while, you arrive at the entrance of the lighthouse. The front door is wide open, so you go inside and begin climbing up a spiral staircase to the first level. A bolted trap door blocks you from going any further.
Here there is an empty circular room. The place is white except for sheepskin covered chair in front of a window. On the floor next to it is an accordion with numerous buttons.
You walk over to the window, open it and look out at the view.
The sublime lagoon. The surreal way the sky meets the water. The sound of the birds. The scent of the sea air and lavender wafting through the air.
Suddenly a vivid flash of colour. Flamingoes. A flock of flamingoes. Their necks outstretched, followed by a pink bloom of flamboyance. A hurling cloud of brightness and noise.
And then silence again. You sit down. The sheepskin on the chair is warm from the sunlight shining through the window.
You feel drowsy. You close your eyes and listen to the soothing sounds of nature surrounding you.
〰️ Clara 〰️
I am bringing my favourite outside experiences and imaginings to create visualizations that encourage peace and relaxation.