This week I would like to invite you to try a meditation/visualization practice. After the birth of my daughter, 14 years ago, ( wow, really), I went through a period of my life with high anxiety. This anxiety was keeping me from doing fun things around others and hurting my marriage. I started seeing a psychiatrist that was more open to talk therapy, yoga and meditation. In a session, she invited me to close my eyes and visualize a place where I felt most peaceful and joyful. The first place that came to mind was a beautiful rose park in our town, (I wrote a previous post about this beautiful park https://yogaandinspiration.com/2012/06/). She took me through this park with my senses. I found this practice so helpful and accessible to do on my own when I started feeling overwhelmed. I often used this meditation/visualization while going to sleep which helped me drop into a deeper more restful state of sleep. I invite you to read through this and then sit or lay down and try for yourself. What is your most peaceful place?
See all the colors around you.
Notice any sounds you hear.
Notice the textures around you and, feel the warm sun on your skin or a soft gentle breeze blowing through your hair.
Notice any pleasant aromas in the air.
Observe how calm and peaceful you feel in this favorite place.
Find a place to sit or lay down and rest in this favorite place feeling so relaxed and safe.
May you find comfort with this practice.
The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom.
– James Allen
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Years ago when I was suffering a bout of anxiety, I saw a counselor that advised me to close my eyes and think of a place that I feel most at peace, This technique was to help me feel calm. This is also a relaxation tool in yoga used to calm the mind and body. I have always come up with the same place, a park called the Park of Roses. When I close my eyes, I can see all the gorgeous colors of roses, I can smell roses and feel the warm sun on my skin. My family and I have walked and played in this park together for years. Recently one evening, my mother, daughter and I went for a walk through this beautiful park. I shared with my daughter how this was my peaceful place, when I felt stressed, I would close my eyes and see the roses and trees and would feel a sense of calm.
Do you have a favorite peaceful place real or imagined? A place that when you think of it, you feel safe, calm and relaxed? The next time you are feeling overwhelmed, close your eyes and “see” your peaceful place, take a few deep breaths, and notice if you feel a little calmer. Enjoy!