Tropical lake guided imagery


Make sure you are comfortable.

Please close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Air in your nose as your lungs fill, tummy rises… Abdomen down, chest empties, air out… Air in… air out…

Think of a tropical lake. Deep blue water, bluer than blue, pale blue sky. Little clouds move on a gentle breeze that raises the barest ripples on the water. Gentle warmth. Peace.

The shore is green: great trees reaching for the sky… green vines climbing up the trees… verdant green understorey.

The scent of fresh nature: clean, invigorating, making you glad to be alive as you breathe it in.

There are birds among the trees. Brilliant parrots flit about: red, green, yellow feathers flashing in the sun. Some are big, with powerful curved beaks and bright eyes. Others are tiny flying jewels.

There are birds on the water, too. A family of pelicans majestically sails along the water, looking calm and dignified, though we know their feet paddle vigorously under the surface. Swans bend their graceful necks. One bobs its head under the water, to emerge with a fish in her beak. Ducks fly above the lake, with brilliant metallic feathers flashing in the sun. Some zoom down onto the surface, raising a wave, others take off, vigorously flapping their wings.

A jetty sticks out from the shore. You are standing on the jetty, the lovely lake in front of you, lovely rainforest behind.

A little rowboat is tied up to the jetty. Sitting at the oars is the person you trust most in all the world. This can be a real person from your present or past, even a person who is long gone. Or it can be a heroic fictional figure, or a religious one. Whomever you choose will be right for you.

Unhook the rope tethering the boat, and step into it. Sit on the comfortable seat facing backward. The jetty is just beside you.

You cannot see the person at the oars, but feel the comfortable presence, the safety, the care, the love.

The oars dip… the water ripples, then smooths out…

The oars dip… the water ripples, then smooths out…

The oars dip… the water ripples, then smooths out…

Watch the antics of the birds on the lake. They ignore your presence, just carry on with their lives.

Look down in the clear, clear water. You can see the moving darker shadows that are fish. Trail your fingers in the pleasant coolness of the water.

The oars dip… the water ripples, then smooths out…

The oars dip… the water ripples, then smooths out…

The oars dip… the water ripples, then smooths out…

Safety. Peace. Beauty. Comfort.

Look up. You are now in the middle of the lake. The shore is distant, with the jetty sticking out of it.

All your troubles, all your worries, all your sorrows are still on the jetty.

They are still there, but from here, they look so small.

Hold this feeling. Store it away, and you can instantly return to it when you need it, even while doing any other activity.

Now I will count backward from five.

Five. Feel the support under your body, and where your hands and feet are.

Four. Become aware of the sounds around, whatever you can hear.

Three. Again, focus on your breathing. Air in… and out…

Two. Move a little: arms, legs, head.

And one. When you are ready, open your eyes.

About Dr Bob Rich

I am a professional grandfather. My main motivation is to transform society to create a sustainable world in which my grandchildren and their grandchildren in perpetuity can have a life, and a life worth living. This means reversing environmental idiocy that's now threatening us with extinction, and replacing culture of greed and conflict with one of compassion and cooperation.
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1 Response to Tropical lake guided imagery

  1. Joan says:

    Thank you.
    Great imagery.
    Have a great day. Enjoy being you.

    Never Give Up
    Joan

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