Thursday, 5 June 2014

Beauty Inspires~ How to float your boat on a bad day!

Living in the city aint so pretty- LOL. Actually, here in London there are so many beautiful parks and outside spaces that we are pretty much spoilt for choice; but little can really compare with scenery like this.

Beauty is inspirational. If not, we wouldn't require models in the fashion industry to influence the masses. But there are times when we really need to draw on beauty as a form of internal refreshment. This picture captures different elements: water, wood, lush greenery, all of which generate a natural, peaceful vibe. It is the colours and vibrations which speak to the inner you, often having a calming effect enabling us to restore our minds- think of the 23rd Psalm, 'He maketh me lie down by quiet waters and restoreth my soul.' 

If you are unable to find time to seek out a beauty spot try using visualisation to help you reach inner calm. Transferring a scene to memory is good practice and can be used when meditating or as a brief escape on those occasions when we feel overwhelmed. Imagine walking along the planks in the picture and feeling them beneath your feet. How does the water sound? Notice the prominent smells? Think of things that might enter the scene to bring a new dimension to it. Simply using our imagination takes us away from the present thus creating space in which we are able to mentally re-group and face the same situation refreshed.

Allowing your mind to wander enables greater creativity of thought as the mind can work exceptionally well when we are not restricting it. How often do we awaken with great ideas- sometimes at three in the morning, maybe a gem of an idea or a poem  that we urgently need to record before it slips away? 

Cultivating appreciation of our surroundings can only add to our appreciation of life. It is definitely a positive practice and something worth making time for in the hustle and bustle of daily living.

Jaz McKenzie

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