In stressful times, it is healthy to take some time for relaxation and self-care. Before we begin the visualization today, which will be about cherry blossoms and temples, I would like you to take a few moments to practise a simple self-care technique.
Today, you will try it for a couple of minutes, but I would suggest practising this simple massage regularly during the week for about five to ten minutes.
Sit or lie down comfortably. Close your eyes. Touch the spot between your eyebrows with your index finger or thumb. Take slow, deep breaths and apply gentle, firm pressure in a circular motion.
You are wandering beside a stream carving its way through a dense pine forest. Here and there you see maple trees. You notice the weeping willow hanging over the water is starting to show bright green neon buds.
The air is alive with spring. The birds have returned, and you can hear the sound of tree frogs croaking somewhere.
In places on the forest floor, you notice pale mushrooms pushing up in between the tree roots in the dark earth.
Soon you reach a small wooden bridge which you cross. The bridge has been painted bright red, but the paint has long since weathered and faded to orange.
As you stand on the bridge for a few moments, the slightest scent of lilac rose, and vanilla wafts through the air.
Once you cross to the other side of the creek, you pass underneath the tall pagoda gate. Some Japanese lanterns and wind chime hangs from the massive ancient beam.
Now you are inside an orchard with ranks of cherry trees standing before you; their branches decked with pink and white blossom, and their flowers are humming with bees.
The earth appears drenched by pale confetti of petals. A gentle breeze makes them scatter around you.
Concealed behind the sakura trees is a small temple with a tile roof covered with moss.
At the moment the wooden shrine is locked and shuttered up. All the same, you sit down under the old cypress eaves of the roof.
People have attached paper prayers to the slender railings in front of you.
Some of them have fallen off and mingle with the cherry petals on the path.
It is peaceful and calm here.
A breeze brushes your face.
It begins to rain.
〰️ Clara 〰️
I am bringing my favourite outside experiences and imaginings to create visualizations that encourage peace and relaxation.