Let's Go To The Beach!
Get as comfortable as you possibly can in your chair. Focus on your breathing. Slow down your breathing while taking deeper, longer breaths. Inhale… hold for a second... exhale... do this several times. Clear your mind as much as possible from all distractions such as outside noises.
Imagine a bright, warm, sunny beach. You feel the very warm sand between your toes. You feel the warmth of the sun on your skin. It tingles.
You see the ocean stretching out in front of you. The beach is quiet and peaceful. The sun reflects off the water. You see a few seagulls in the air. You see the ocean moving, the waves. You can also hear the waves as they flow in and out. You smell the salty air.
A cool breeze comes off the ocean. It feels good on your face and arms. You sit down in the sand and feel your body relax completely as you listen to the waves. The sun continues to warm your face and body. You feel relaxed, supported by the earth and warmed by the sun, totally connected with “the all.” Distracting thoughts occur, but you are able to let them go as soon as they occur. You are making progress. You let go of tension and drift away...
Drifting is easy with the sound of the waves, the feel of the sun, the smell of the salty air and the sight of the ocean and the waves in front of you.
Enjoy the moment!
When you are ready to come back to the present, count backwards from five to one. You become more alert and aware of your surroundings as you count. When you feel comfortable, stand up and stretch your body… look around... what do you see? What do you smell? What do you hear? Bring yourself back to the present moment.
When life just gets tough and you need a break, try something like this to help, even for just 5-10 minutes a day. With a guided imagery such as the one above, you can take yourself to any location on earth if you know enough of the details about that place, without ever leaving your house. It’s the world’s most affordable mental vacation!