Tuesday, 19 March 2019
The Seesaw: A Spring Equinox Visualisation
Tomorrow, March 20, is the Spring Equinox. It is the time of year when day and night are of equal length before hours of light are greater than those of darkness. In nature, spring flowers are blooming, there is blossom on the trees and small green leaves are also beginning to bud on many of them.
For us, it can be a time to make changes to try to get our lives more in balance. Here is a guided visualisation – or guided meditation - to help tune into the energy of the season and to find balance. It is also a good visualisation to do if you have had a disagreement with a friend or loved one and want to reconcile your differences.
The Seesaw in the Park: A Spring Equinox Visualisation for Balance
Find somewhere safe, where you will not be disturbed. Sit comfortably and close your eyes. Take three deep breaths in and out and relax, then visualise the following in your mind's eye:
You are alone in a beautiful park in the springtime. It is a lovely day. The sun is shining and it is pleasantly warm. Spring flowers are blooming in the flowerbeds. There is blossom on the trees and small green leaves are beginning to bud. Birds are singing, some are flying overhead and some are nesting in the trees. You feel perfectly safe and at ease here as you look around and explore the park.
As well as the trees and flowerbeds, the park has lawns, benches to sit on and paths to wander around and see the sights. Spend some time looking at what there is around you.
After a while, as well as all the other things you have seen and heard, you notice there is a seesaw in one part of the park. It might be old, but it is still working and completely safe to sit on. There is no one else around that you can see, but you decide to sit down on one end of the seesaw.
You sit down. It is a good place to rest, but you cannot operate it on your own. You wish there was someone else to sit on the other end and make it work.
And your wish is granted as you see another figure walking down the path towards the seesaw. You realise that they are someone you know – a friend or acquaintance, but one with whom you have had some difference of opinion, disagreement or argument in the past. Nevertheless, as they walk towards you, you see that they are smiling both at you and at the seesaw.
They sit down on the other end, look at you and smile again.
Together you operate the seesaw without speaking. Both of you are enjoying the motion of pushing with your legs to soar up into the air and then gently descending, repeating the actions with innocent pleasure. You are both enjoying the spring in the park and playing on the seesaw with childlike joy.
Spend some time enjoying the seesaw.
Then, when you are ready, let the seesaw come to a stop, perfectly in balance, with you sitting on one end and the other person on the other end.
The other person then speaks. They say they are glad to have met you in the park and ask if you would like to walk with them and talk.
Decide whether you want to. If you do not, then tell them so. They accept what you say and politely leave you alone.
If you do want to talk with them, then you both get off the seesaw and walk together around the park.
Spend some time walking and talking. Be aware of how the conversation moves between you and see if eventually you can find some balance in what you are discussing.
After a while, bring your conversation to an end. You both must now say goodbye to each other. Do that in what way seems best before they turn and walk away from you, out of the park.
When you are ready, return to normal reality.
Shake your arms and legs for real and open your eyes to the real world.