Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which
you can retreat at any time.
- Hermann Hesse
If R-E-L-A-X-A-T-I-O-N appears more difficult during the frenzy and daze of life, take a moment to breathe with determination and cadence. Then, use words to assist to calm and balance the mind.
Develop a collection of words to use as mantras.
Begin by breathing in four breaths and out five. Stay in the moment.
Turn abstract words into images that settle and focus.
Pick favorite colors with a rhythm of syllables.
Begin with letters of the alphabet to ease into the idea. Breathe in and out with azure, beige, crimson, all the way through magenta to tangerine.
Let your mind collect apples, bananas, coconuts and the notions that arise.
Switch to sounds like trickle, whistle, trill.
Add the varied tastes of honey, licorice, vanilla.
After you have delved through the senses, notice how the mind halts its chatter.
Words will reveal ways into relaxation.