Beach Relaxation Meditation
I love the beach: The smell of the salt water, the rhythm of the waves, the way the wet sand feels between my toes, and the knowledge that long after I’m gone these waves will continue to lap upon this beach.
This exercise is a good basic meditation for relaxation. I tend to use it when I’m stressed out, feeling impatient, or when I need a little break from reality. It’s like a little mini-vacation.
- In a comfortable position, eyes open or shut (whatever you are comfortable with) breathe deeply and slowly from your abdomen.
- Imagine you are at the beach. Perhaps you are sitting on a large rock and can hear the waves lapping against it below you. Maybe you are sitting on the beach and can feel the warm sand below you.
- Look around the beach. Notice the color of the sand. Smell the salty ocean smell. Feel the sunshine on your face. Hear the waves as they come ashore.
- If you like to meditate with your eyes open, starring at a picture of the beach might me helpful. You may also like to use a relaxation tape with waves in the background.
- Concentrate on watching the waves rolling onto the beach and flowing back out to sea. Follow a single wave as it appears on the horizon and rolls forward until it spills out onto the shore.
- Continue watching each wave as it rolls onto the beach. Notice your breathing. Try to time your breaths with the flow of the waves.
- Continue the exercise until you feel relaxed and refreshed.