Life can get pretty challenging at times, today was one of those days. My thoughts were pulling me in many directions and I was feeling out of balance. When I don't have time to visit a sacred spot in nature, I look at an inspiring image from nature and it helps me to slow down, connect with my breath, and visualize myself there with intention.
I invite you to to try it for yourself.
Find a quiet place where you won't be disturbed, get comfortable, and just for a few moments, imagine yourself stepping into the image and connecting to your breath and your heart.
Take a deep breath in through your nose and let out a loud sigh...ahhhhh through your mouth. Do this a few times, deep inhale through the nose and let it all out with a sigh ...AHHHHH. One more time, deep breath in through the nose and letting it out with a loud aaahhhh letting go.
Gaze into the peaceful image and imagine yourself walking to a place to rest near the stream. Perhaps you would like to sit in the tall grass with your back up against a tree while you dip your toes into the cool water.
Maybe you are feeling a bit more adventurous and you choose to wade out into the stream to sit on top of the boulder and be in the center of the stream as the water flows around you. Picture yourself there, now.
After looking at the image, close your eyes for just a moment and imagine yourself sitting right where you feel the most comfort and ease. If visualization is challenging, intention works the same way. Set the intention to see yourself in the image as you call in the healing forces of nature's energy to enfold you as you breathe in and become one with the flow of life that surrounds you.
With every breath you breathe in, you are connecting your heart to the heart of mother earth...with every exhale you are letting go of what no longer serves. Being in nature gives you the ability to turn down the volume of your thoughts. Listen to the healing sounds of water flowing around you as you settle in to this practice.
Allow the healing image of nature to saturate you and hold you in a loving embrace. Begin to relax your face. Relax your eyes. Relax your cheeks. Relax your tongue, jaw, and mouth. Smile. Rub your hands together very fast creating a bit of heat and some friction. Place your hands over your eyes and pause for a moment and breathe into this feeling. Begin to massage your temples, your eyes, your face, your ears, your jaw, neck and shoulders. Place your hands on opposite shoulders and make slow circles one direction and then reverse direction. Give yourself a hug.
Relax your shoulders....drawing them up, back, and down...moving with the breath. Inhale up and exhale down. Let's do this movement a few times. Pause and come back to center and reverse the direction of the shoulder rolls. Inhale and roll your shoulders back, up, and exhale them forward. We want to sync our movement with the breath.
Inhale and exhale your right ear to your right shoulder. Feeling a nice stretch on the left side of your neck. Breathe in asking your neck muscles to soften, relax, and let go.
When you are ready, on the next inhale bring your head back to center. On the exhale drop the left ear to the left shoulder. Feeling a nice stretch on the right side of the neck. Allowing the right side of the neck to soften, release its grip, and let go. Breathing into all of the tight spots of your neck, shoulders and upper back. Inhale coming back to center. Take your time. Feel free to hold each neck stretch for as long as you like and feel how it begins to loosen.
When you are ready, bring your head back to center for a few neck rolls.
Inhale and on the exhale start to slowly roll your head to the right shoulder, dropping your chin towards your chest and inhaling slowly rolling your head to the left shoulder and back up to center. Try doing three neck rolls on each side.
Pause, come back to center and find stillness. As you begin to settle into the natural rhythm of your breathing, tune in and listen to the sounds around you. Let them become one sound...the flowing water, the singing birds, the buzzing insects, and the gentle rustling of the leaves in the trees. Remind yourself you are connected to all that is and you are never separate from anything.
Feel the healing warmth of the sunlight filtering down through the tree branches bringing warmth to your face. Allow the rays of the sun to join together with the light that resides inside of you. Let the sun melt away anything and everything you might be holding onto...too much responsibility, too much worry, too many things on your to do list. See it all slowly melt down your shoulders and gently roll off your back as it slips into the stream to be washed away. Remind yourself, you have enough time to do everything you need to do. Just breathe here now.
Breathe in and out as you become one of the magnificent sparkles that dance upon the water like a million diamonds glistening in the sun. You are a divine spark of light and are here to shine your own light as you merge effortlessly into the light and flow of life.
Listen to the water as you feel your oneness with her healing flow. Allow any worries you are carrying to magically float out and merge with the water. Thank them for what they came to teach you and let them go to be carried back and given to the Central Soul of God.
I allow, I allow, I allow, the healing power of nature to flow through me, wash over me, and cleanse me of anything that needs to be let go of.
Angela O'Brien-Greywitt, Intuitive Mystic
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