Find a quite place. Get comfy. Be still. Notice your breathing.
Begin to slow your breathing down. In 2..3..4, hold 2…3…, out 2…3….4. Try it again.
In 2..3..4, hold 2…3…, out 2…3….4. In 2..3..4, hold 2…3…, out 2…3….4.
Picture yourself sitting on this bench. The crisp cool breeze. Who is in this place? Are you alone? Or perhaps you are with someone else? Can you hear the birds? The squirrels scurrying in the leaves.
Imagine the sensations of touch…. is it cold? Are you cozy warm? Feel the breeze on your face. Feel the hard sturdy bench beneath you. Grounding you. The warm touch of a friend or lover?
Notice the beauty around you – the colours, the shapes of the trees, the horizon.
What are you doing in this peaceful place? Perhaps just sitting being present. Maybe visiting or out for a walk. Or sitting ready a good book, journaling your thoughts, hopes and dreams.
Imagine a feeling of calm… of peace. A place where you have no worries, cares or concerns, a place where you can simply rejuvenate and relax. Take a deep breath…. as you breath out let your troubles or worries drift away like the leaves slowly falling off the trees.
Slowly turn your attention back to the present. Notice your breathing again. Breathing in 2..3..4, hold 2…3…, out 2…3….4. In 2..3..4, hold 2…3…, out 2…3….4. As you start yo notice your surroundings and your body and mind return to the present know that you can return to this place in your mind whenever you need a break.
“Even in the midst of chaos, the stillness of the mind can offer sanctuary” – Stephen Richards