If you feel like you’re stuck on a merry-go-round that just keeps going faster and faster, it might be time to — at least temporarily — jump off the hectic pace, and spend some time relaxing and unwinding. Take a few minutes to close your eyes and use your imagination.
Think about creating a visual image of yourself curled up in a large, comfy chair, with an open book on your lap. The chair is positioned close to a warm, crackling fire in the fireplace. If your imagination is strong enough, you might even begin to feel the soothing warmth from the fire, from the knitted throw covering your legs, and from your fingers curled around a cup of steaming, hot chocolate. Maybe you could add some flickering candles on the mantle and some soft music playing in the background. Try stretching your legs out on the ottoman in front of your chair. Take a deep breath and close your eyes. Spend a couple minutes just thinking about all the blessings in your life right now. You’re warm. You’re safe. You’re in the moment. Relax in this scene until you begin to feel your body soften and unwind, your breath slow and deepen. Stay with this image as long as it feels restful. When you’re ready, you can choose to gradually come back to the reality of your moment, feeling refreshed from this experience.
This visualization exercise is available to you whenever you feel the need to create a few moments of peace and joy. You can follow the same scene that I’ve created, or you can create your own scene. The important thing is that you give yourself an opportunity to step out of a state of too much busyness and too much stress. Take a break and be creative. You’re only limited by your imagination. The more you practice this, the more available it becomes to you.
I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas & a Happy Hanukkah!
Until next time,