Ocean Retreat – Guided Imagery

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Let’s Begin. Take a deep, slow breath in through your nose and out through your mouth. Keep breathing in and out, focusing on how your body feels at this moment. Feel the pace of your heart and lungs becoming slower. With each breath, breathe IN relaxation and breathe OUT tension and tiredness. Feel your body sinking more and more into deep relaxation.

Start by taking a few deep breaths…. slowly…. and evenly…..remembering to let your belly rise as you breathe in…. and to let it fall as you breathe out

Breathe in relaxation…… and breathe out tension and tiredness….. Take another breath in….. and let it out.

Now, imagine yourself on a beach in the early evening…… The salty sea-breeze is still warm against your skin…. but the sun has just begun to retreat into the horizon……..

As you sit in the white sand… on the edge of the surf…. you can feel the cool water washing gently over your toes……… as the waves roll in….. and out…….. take a deep breath in……. and let it out……..

(pause)…..

Allow your limp body to sink into the sand while you look out over the deep blue waves into the sky…. you see the brilliant orange sun…. dipping below rows of saffron and indigo clouds to meet the horizon….. the sun-set covered clouds drift in…. and out….as their shadows rest on the surface of the water.

(pause)…

Far off in the distance…. you notice the mast of a sailboat…. It gently glides across the water…. The peacefulness of the waves is calming & comforting…. as your thoughts float in and out… Allow your chest to rise…. and fall….. as you take a slow deep breath in….. and let it out.

(pause)…

Your body feels heavy.. as you.. close your eyes…. and soak in the last rays.. of the golden summer sun…. you fill your lungs with the crisp ocean air… and let out a big sigh…… relaxing into the moment…… letting everything else melt away……. for a moment…. completely content.

(pause)…..

The imprints of your thoughts……. drift… drift in like the clouds….. forming shapes across the sky…. Floating weightlessly.. in the peacefulness of this moment…… time passes.. without measure

As you slowly open your eyes… you return from this motionless state…..feeling relaxed and calm. You discover that the warm summer day has given way to a beautiful moonlit evening….. The clear night-sky…. reveals bright clusters of stars as the reflections glisten on the water……..

The tide has come in… and you feel the cool water now, brushing against your legs… and see it stretching it’s way up the beach… Taking in the serenity of this place.. one last time…… you rise to your feet….. and move slowly up the beach… allowing the steady pace of your steps… to carry you safely and calmly… into the rest of your day…. feeling refreshed and relaxed.

Now, take a deep breath in…. and let it out…. take another deep breath in…. and let it out…. Remember that whenever your feeling tense…. or need a break in your day… you can bring yourself back to this beach,,, back to this moment… to recharge your mind and body.

When you are ready, open your eyes to discover the new, refreshed you.

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