You’ve probably heard it many times ” go to your happy place”. I say it to our grandchildren when they are upset. It may sound simplistic, but that is the point really. It can be simple to set your mind to a happy thought or happy image. To go to your happy place mentally. It’s like changing channels on your radio from white noise to a beautiful melody. It takes time and patience to master the art of changing the channel quickly. But once you have mastered it, it will not fail you, and it will be simple.
I am blessed to have several happy places stored in my memory bankI have a few I use often. One of my happiest places is wrapped tightly in the arms of my beloved husband. When I go to that happy place I can feel his heart beating against my chest and the warmth of his arms as they wrap me like a cozy blanket. Or I find my happy place by visualizing the smiles of our grandchildren. Or the first time I cradled my daughter in my arms and she looked up at me precious and trusting. Our eyes met and locked on each other as if our hearts were speaking words.I also use a ” happy place” from my childhood when meditating. Unfortunately I do not have a lot of happy childhood memories. But, the few I do have I hold onto. I have been meditating ever since I was a young girl. My mother taught me to meditate to help me to relax at night. I often had difficulty sleeping. I created a very simple to follow meditation video a couple of years ago that is still visible on youtube. We lived in France, I was nearly age 5 and my brother 8 months when our Mother took us on a picnic> It was my brothers first picnic. She found the perfect spot, a field sprinkled with daisies. We sat on a blanket for what seemed like hours making daisy chain necklaces and princess crowns. When I use this “happy place” image I can feel the sun warming my skin and feel the crown of flowers resting on top of my head.
Do you have a happy place image? Do you meditate?