There is something therapeutic about sitting by the water.
As I sit here by the river, I close my eyes and feel the breeze kissing my skin and playing with my hair. It feels as if it flows through my body, blowing away the cobwebs and the built-up tension, injecting my body with some much-needed oxygen.
As I watch the ripples as the breeze travels across the water, I am entranced by the light and shade created by the sunlight and shadows that hit the water. Combine this with the contrast of the clear blue sky and the jagged, jutting branches of the trees that stick out over the water, I marvel at the beauty of nature and take it all in.
I am pleasantly surprised by a bird that seems to materialise before my eyes out of the water. A sense of calmness washes over me.
The water-side – be it the beach, the river, a pond, or a pool – is my special place. It is the place I go to for stress-relief. Relaxation. To cope. And if I can’t get there in person, I go there in my mind.
What is your special place?
Do you have one?
If you don’t have one, think of a place that you have been to that brings about a sense of calmness. The next time you are feeling stressed, mad or upset, try and go there either in person, and just tune into the elements. If you can’t get there, try closing your eyes and visualising it. It is amazing what the power of visualisation can do – it’s almost as good as the real thing!
- Healing Imagery: Find the calm in your “happy place” (labringle.wordpress.com)
- Calm minds like calm hearts. (lafreakyfeminist.wordpress.com)