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May 22 2012

Tid Bit Tuesday My Happy Place

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?

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  1. Meditation

    Helps to improve your quality of life and treat various psychological issues related to anger and stress management. Licensed Clinical Psychologist

  2. Shady Del Knight

    You were a precious child, Katie. All it takes is one happy moment like that stored in your memory from childhood or any period of your life. You can go there whenever you wish and experience it all over again. You see what you saw then, hear what you heard then, feel what you felt then and smell what you smelled then. It becomes real and you reap the benefit. I am a great believer in the power of meditation. I believe, through practice, you can install tools that enable you to get to your happy place as quickly as changing the channels on a radio. It can be instantaneous. It doesn’t require years of therapy. Have a wonderful day, dear friend!

  3. small Kucing

    I dont really have an happy place…maybe the happiest would be in a book store

  4. Alex J. Cavanaugh

    My happy place is when I am playing my guitar.

  5. Ms. A

    I don’t meditate, I veg out. When the world seems too much to bear, I sleep… if I can get my brain turned off.

  6. Gloria

    That’s wonderful, the sun on your skin and the daisy crown are my soft breeze, sand on the beach and sweet air. I used to meditate and find that it’s a good time to restart. Lovely post.

  7. Robyn

    Katherine
    I like your thought of a Happy Place and that you share the idea with your Grandkids. There is comfort and security in remembering good times and wonderful people.

    Thanks for sharing your Life Tid Bit thisTuesday.

  8. Dee

    Hi Katherine,

    I enjoyed seeing your adorable photo of you.
    My happy place is when I’m crafting. I craft a lot as you know :)

  9. Katherine

    Hi, Katie

    What a lovely post. I cried when you spoke about the picnic. What a lovely memory. I would hold on to that too. Have a great week.

    Vanessa

  10. Lexie

    My elderly Mom and I live on the beach in California. Some of our best times were spent on a bench at the beach talking about life, our family, the ocean we loved and experiences. That is my happy place since she died 3 years ago. We grew up on Malibu beach where we had many happy family times. That is a good happy place for me. I also block life out when I am on overwhelm. Its what my Mom called “compartamentlization” You turn off, do what makes you comfortable and relax.

  11. Deborah

    What a wonderful thing for your mother to teach you.

  12. Heather

    Oh my! I just watched your youtube video – absolutely what I needed today… it’s been cArazy around my house. It was so nice to take a minute to “get away”…. when it was over, the important things were so much clearer to me. Thank you my new friend….

    hugs!
    -heather
    stringtown home

  13. Lisha @ 1house1couple

    That’s really cool. We’ve had similar childhoods as far as few happy places back then, however, I can still find happy places amongst all the chaos.

    I used to be a huge thinker, I would just sit and think and I was perfectly content meditating. Now a days not so much. I think a lot, but not meditate. I need to find the time to not be so busy, find the time to just sit and think and meditate :)

    My happy place is usually a calming empty beach with seagulls calling in the distance.

  14. Kenya G. Johnson

    I don’t meditate but I do have a happy place image. I don’t know if such a place exist – a huge oak tree between mountains and the ocean (me sitting underneath). It cools me off and warms me up at the same time.

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