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My Secret Place

Saturday, July 17, 2010

I have found a secret weapon to stress and exercising! Its my lotus garden.

For those that don't know, the lotus flower is symbolic of rebirth. A hard time in life that has been overcome. As the lotus flower grows up from the mud into a object of great beauty people also grow and change into something more beautiful (hopefully!). So the symbol represent the struggle of life at its most basic form.
Various colors represent different things: WHITE: symbolizes a pure body, mind and spirit; BLUE: symbolizes control of the spirit over one's material senses. It also symbolizes knowledge, wisdom and intelligence; RED: symbolizes love, compassion, activeness, passion and other emotions associated with the heart. There are other colors with different meanings, but these are the most popular.

Ok, enough of the lesson. On to my lotus garden. But, before we start, I must warn you I have a very active and creative imagination. Be forewarned before you go any further and decide I am crazy!!!

I close my eyes and imagine standing in front of a big door. For some reason my door is red. I guess it is symbolic of keeping out turmoil, stress, worries, pain, well, you get the idea. I reach out and open the door and in front of me is my haven.

There is a huge pond, surrounded by lush tropical flowers, trees, and other plants. A white sandy beach surrounds the pond with seashells scattered everywhere. Dragonflies flit around, playing with each other and the multitude of butterflies that are there. Tropical birds fly by, squawking. (See, I told you I had a creative imagination!) There are unicorns and faeries there. Dolphin and manatee play in the pond with colorful fish.

In the center of the pond is a big blue lotus. I see myself laying on the lotus, looking up at a clear blue sky, just a hint of a breeze. A few fluffy clouds floating by. The dragonflies and butterflies come down and hover around, some landing on the lotus and me. I can almost feel their wings.

After I lay up there on the lotus, breathing in the beauty and peace, I slide off a petal into the pond. It is so cool and refreshing. I can go to the bottom and play with the fish, I pick up coral, play with the dolphin and manatees, and during all this time, I can breathe, deep calming breaths. After playing in the pond, breathing in the cleansing water, I climb back up on the lotus and feel the warmth of the sun ~ the caress of the breeze. I stay there until I can actually feel my body relax, my mind calm down and stop churning up thoughts of what I need to do, what I should have done. Then I climb down and go back through the red door feeling calm, refreshed, ready to handle whatever I am doing.

I did this today while on the treadmill. With my eyes closed, and my finger on the up arrow to increase the speed, I went to my lotus garden. Occasionally I would climb down and go through the door, leaving it open, so that I can look to see what speed I am on and how long I have walked. Then I just go back. Today I kept going back until I looked and realized I had walked over an hour and my speed was up to 4.7!

I must admit, it takes time and practice to be able to find your own secret place. It doesn't have to be a pond. Its whatever you let your mind make it. But by retreating to that secret place, you can overcome anything, push yourself without realizing it, calm yourself and your thoughts. Try it~but don't get discouraged! Its there somewhere, you just have to tune into yourself, your inner thoughts, to find it.

Love and hugs to all,

Shannon








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