I find it easier to think on a beach, it may be to do with the supposed alpha state that the sound of the waves creates, or just that it’s pretty. Whatever. As I can’t always quickly and easily get to a beach this is my solution:
Close your eyes, and breathe in gently through your nose, filling up your lungs, and then exhale through your mouth, expelling all the breath in your body. Take a few deep breaths and then continue, more gently, in through the nose and out through the mouth.
Focus on your breath, letting go of other thoughts.
I focus on a beach in Malibu, but you can choose any beach that you like.
With each breath I remember the sound of the waves moving in and out. Sometimes they are crashing big waves, or they can be gentle, peaceful.
Sometimes I am lying on the beach, or swimming in the water.
I remember the wonderful feeling of being in the sea and looking up at the mountains and the beautiful coastline, I remember feeling awed by the beauty of the place. I remember feeling free and at one with the world.
Sometimes, if I am feeling confused, I imagine myself on the beach and look around to see who I am with. Sometimes I am alone, or surrounded by family, sometimes I am with a boyfriend. I can choose if I want to talk to them, or just relax on the beach, enjoying the sound of the children playing, or knowing that someone is lying beside me, and enjoying that they are an important part of my life.
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