“When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.”
~ Jean Shinoda Bolen
Envision Something Beautiful
Few things ground us more, or help us to get back in touch with who we really are, than being outside in nature. Interestingly, our brains don’t distinguish between actually being somewhere, watching a peaceful scene, or just imagining it with our mind’s eye. Whether you are actually there seeing a beautiful scene or whether you are envisioning it, your brain responds in the same way. Whenever you elicit a feeling of peace within you, beneficial neurochemicals flood your whole body, helping you to feel more relaxed, calm and peaceful. And the more relaxed and at ease we feel, the more our bodies, minds and spirit benefit.
So, why not use this moment right now to slow down a bit? Take a break from your busy day for a short while. Find some refuge from your never-ending to-do list.
Take a breath. Slowly breathe out. For now, let go of all your worries and concerns. Allow yourself to be transported to the edge of a beautiful, peaceful mountain pond. It’s a beautiful day, the sky is blue and the gentlest of breezes is blowing.
Now, take another breath. Feel yourself letting go even more. Find the rhythm of your breath as you take in the beautiful scene. Be still, and start to cultivate the belief within you that all is well.
All really is well.
Thanks to my partner for the beautiful meditative mountain pond video he shot at Buller Pond, situated on the Spray Lakes Trail in Kananaskis Country, Alberta.
Meditation on a Mountain Pond, by BJC
© 2013 BJC (used with permission)