May 13 , 2021
Visualisation’s can be helpful for both children and adults alike. It is the act of imagining yourself in a peaceful and safe environment - a place that makes you relaxed and happy.
By transferring yourself there mentally, you can calm your mind and body and sufficiently distract yourself with something that relaxes you.
- Find somewhere quiet and away from distractions.
- Sit or lay down so that you are comfortable and can relax.
- If you are lying down, place your arms a little bit away from your sides, with the palms up. Let your legs be straight or bend your knees so that your feet are flat on the floor.
- If you are sitting, place your arms on the chair arms. Place both feet flat on the ground.
- Close your eyes if you feel safe to do so, or you may want to look at the image supplied for this visualisation if that feels more comfortable for you.
- Take a slow deep breath in through your nose and then breath out slowly through your mouth. Repeat this 5 times, in through your nose and then out through your mouth.
- Hopefully, you are now feeling more relaxed, so we will begin the visualisation.
The Bluebell Woods
A white feather slowly flutters down from the blue sky above you to where you have been resting. You admire its beauty as it quivers and dances in the gentle breeze. The breeze takes hold of the feather and lifts it back up towards the sky and as your gaze follows it, you notice a path.
You decide to see where the path leads and slowly move from your resting place to explore further. The path is narrow at first, and the light starts to darken as you move between some trees. You can hear the satisfying crunch and rustle of twigs and leaves beneath your feet. You carefully move around the tree branches that are blocking some areas of the path and as you continue along the path, after a while the path opens out into a clearing.
The trees in the woodland look ancient and strong, with thick branches that reach out and upwards towards the sky above. The leaves on the trees are bright green, the fresh, new growth of spring. There are also younger trees growing that are striving for the light as they grow upwards towards the sky above.
You pause to listen to the uplifting bird song, which is all around you, with the excitement of springtime evident in their song. The dappled light from the sun scatters sheets of light across the woodland floor. Creating shadows from the tree canopy above.
You continue slowly along the path, crunching twigs that are in the path under your feet, being careful to step over any larger branches on the ground. You duck to avoid some larger branches that are blocking the path ahead and as you straighten your body out, you enter an area of the woodland, quite unlike anything you have seen before.
Bluebells line the woodland floor, as far as your eye can see. You stop to admire the blues and purples of the delicate bluebell flowers. You crouch down to look closely at their delicate flowers, and breath in their gentle, subtle fragrance.
You hear the snap of a twig a distance away and turn your head towards the noise. You notice some movement up ahead in the woods and as your eyes adjust to the light, you can make out the shape of three deer, moving elegantly through the woods. You keep very still, and they continue their journey, oblivious to your presence.
You decide to stop for a while, enjoying the woodland’s beauty, far away from everyone and everything. You lean your back against one of the trees, listening to the sounds of the woodland, smelling the scent of the woodland, enjoying the beauty of the woodland, and feeling the rough bark of the ancient tree through your clothing. You can feel the warmth of the sun’s rays on your face. You feel relaxed and calm. You know that now you have found this woodland, that it will be here for you whenever you want to visit. You know that the seasons will bring new beauty for you to enjoy.
After a while, the time has come for you to leave, you must return to life outside this woodland. You slowly rise form your resting place. You say thank you to the ancient tree for giving you comfort. You say thank you to the bluebells for giving you their beauty and fragrance. You say thank you to the birds for giving you their song. You look up to the sun in the sky and say thank you to it for giving you its warmth.
You turn and walk slowly back down the path that you came from. Stepping over branches that have fallen and crunching on leaves on the woodland floor. You get to the end of the path to where you started your journey.
It is time for you to slowly return to the world around you. We have reached the end of the visualisation. When you are ready, slowly wiggle your toes and fingers, open your eyes if they have been closed and bring yourself back into the room.