The visualization today is about a zen garden. But first I would like to begin with a quote from Lao Tzu.
Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear, and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions, and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream."
You are walking on a plateau of dense grass and wildflowers. Purple thistles are shedding their seeds into the breeze like a blizzard of fairy down wishes.
Here and there you see bees; their faces buried deep in the large purple flowers.
People and animals have walked this way for centuries, and their footfalls have carved a broad path through the earth. You wonder how many thousands of people have wandered this way across the centuries.
The pasture gradually gives way to a forest of pine, and the path becomes rocky and begins to turn uphill. The trees stand straight and tall with blue-green needles and orange-tinted bark. You can smell the scent of their resin mingled with rock.
A carpet of fine evergreen needles cover the trail, so it isn't very easy to trace the path through the trees here. Other hikers have placed small balanced towers of rock in places along the way to make it easier to follow. The rock cairns balance precariously at awkward angles which look like works of art.
A group of doves, startled by your presence burst apart with an applause of wings.
After you have climbed through the forest for a while, you arrive at a level clearing. The whole area is neatly arranged with rounded boulders, stunted juniper and twisted pine trees. Growing among them are jade-coloured alpine succulents, and clusters of fine grasses. In the middle is a tall rock covered with lichen. The overall impression is you have found your way to nature's zen garden.
In the middle of the clearing is a tall rock underneath which is a hollow with a shallow spring-fed pond. The water in the pool mirrors the sky like a giant eye.
When you go over to the pool and look inside, it is crystal clear. Beautiful stones are naturally in disarray on the bottom. When you put your hand in the water, it is ice cold. You have a sense you are touching the pure inside of the mountain.
You sit down on a smooth flat rock and absorb the peacefulness of the natural garden. You lie down. The surface of the stone is hard against your back but warm from the afternoon sunshine. Your cares to drift away like the clouds in the sky above. You close your eyes and breathe.
〰️ Clara 〰️
I am bringing my favourite outside experiences and imaginings to create visualizations that encourage peace and relaxation.