In the busyness of our daily lives we can forget about our connection to the world around us. We can lose sight of the threads that stitch us into our favourite landscapes or connect us to our favourite animals or birds.
Then we start to wonder why we feel so disconnected, so absent, so vulnerable to being buffeted and blown off course by a comment, a news article a bad day at the office. We lose our sense of being grounded and we lose sense of our own sense of power.
I love the way that Buddhism encourages us to be in the very moment we are in right now and to approach that moment with right thought, right action and a sense of beginner’s mind. It helps us stay steady, stay calm and stay connected. There is also something so precious about approaching the people, places and things we love as if seeing or experiencing them for the first time. This way of being can help us see things we never saw before, feel things we never felt before.
But what of someone lying in a hospital bed? Removed from the people, places and the things they love? How buffeted and blown off course are they by the circumstance of their ill health? The person in that hospital bed once loved swimming in the river, climbing the highest peaks, flopping about n a meadow, smelling a rose, stroking a cat. They sang in the forest, or laughed the loudest while galloping across rolling hills on their favourite horse. Nature was part of their lives and they were part of nature. How do we help them follow the threads back to their favourite things?
In the busyness of our daily lives we can forget about our connection to the world around us. We can lose sight of the threads that stitch us into our favourite landscapes or connect us to our favourite animals or birds.Georgina Langdale
Part of the work I do with people when they come to me for coaching or healing or I am with them in care situations, is to take them on guided visualisation so that they can connect with nature again. Help them connect to the places, plants and creatures they love. At times I have found this work extraordinarily moving, such as working with someone with advanced Parkinsons, or with a woman who was only able to move her eyes and her mouth. From the confines of her chair and the openness of her mind we would take walks together through forests, along beaches, we swam in rivers and smelled the flowers in gardens.
I created an online course called Flower at the Bedside to help people connect to nature and to each other as the end of life nears. I have simply pulled together all the techniques I have used to help people with this sense of connection, to help them experience the things they loved right in this moment. I show people how plant essences can bring the energy of a plant into the room, how we can work with these with our loved ones in life and in death.
As part of the Flowers course, I created a guided visualisation audio recording. It acts as a simple way of helping someone reach deep within themselves to find those threads, to create that connection and to find the love it brings. We do not have to be dying for this. We do not have to be ill. We can all find comfort in these connections wherever we are in life and place. We can feel the energy. We can be connected.
I’m sharing the guided visualisation with you here. It’s not a fancy recording – just me and the birds in my garden. But I hope that it will help you take yourself to the places, plants and animals you love. To see them again with the joy of beginner’s mind. And if it does, I’d love to hear how it made you feel in the comments below.