Place to rest from Anxiety

I want you to listen to my voice as you read these words. I want you to imagine that there is a place, a very safe place, where you can go and be totally safe. Nobody even knows that you’re there unless you want them to know or bring them with you to help keep you safer. It is a real place that exists in the world, not just in your mind.

This place is beautiful. You drive up the easternmost road in the States and take an unmarked road maybe ten minutes. Along this path as you drive you will notice that you’re surrounded by a beautiful forest. Nobody’s there, no sound but the rustle of leaves in the breeze and the crackle of deer and foxes and moose and the brook that bubbles just to your right. No lights from roads or houses, just the peace of this ages old forest.

You go maybe ten minutes down this hidden road thenit takes a curve. Suddenly you see a green two-story barn and a house. Park anywhere on the lawn. Door’s unlocked because nobody’s there,just you.

You notice that the smell of the fir trees from the forest is in the house as you walk in. As you walk into the house there’s a big old dining table that can fit around fifteen people or so. You start to become aware of a different smell now as you walk into the main room. Smoke from a woodfire. A woodfire is going all the time but you don’t have to worry about it.it’s always there, warm and cozy.

You can go upstairs if you want, that’s where the bedrooms are. Settle into the big one at the front. Look out the window because you start hearing a new sound, too. That’s the hiss and pound of water on the rocky beach. Go downstairs out the seaside door onto the huge front porch. Take a look. There’s a little bit of lawn then a twenty-five foot cliff and there it is. Ocean. Big, calming, endless Atlantic ocean. You can take the rock stairs down to the shore. Big rocks little rock sand made of rocks pulverized by the eons of Time. There are big huge rocks you can sit on and watch the water coming and going with the tide. The saltwater smell, seaweed and lobsters and the woods that continues all the way to the high-tide level.

You can sit on the beach, watching the water come and go, come and go. You can get a warm thick blanket and lay in one of the hammocks that are all over, gently rocking with the breeze. You can go tromping in the woods. Nothing can hurt you in the forest. If you sit on a log in a certain place you’ll see the mama deer and her babies. In another place there are the fox dens and if you go way way deep in the forest you’ll see the moose and her baby.

The weather is sunny and cloudless. It’s perfect temperature, 70 or so. Downat the beach it’s warm enough to lie for a tan.

You can sit down with a big blanket on the porch and just watch the water and the ancient trees and the animals in the water. There’s porpoises and seals and the occasional whale. Loons make their haunting calls as seagulls fight for crabs on the rocks. They pick up a crab or a clam or a mussel and fly up then drop them on the rocks then drop to the beach and eat them. Be on the lookout and you may see a bald eagle.

If you want to really really hide you can go up into the Barn. There are all kinds of dark little cubbyholes where nobody will ever find you. It smells kinda like horses, even though they’ve been gone for a hundred years.

The beach is a mild long. You will never see another person there. The house is empty except for you and anybody you want to bring to keep you safe. The woods are 20 acres. No neighbors. No sound no smells no sights but the woods the beach the trees.

When you are sad or lonely or panicking or anxious or split off into parts–you can go to this house. And everything bad melts away because you are safe and you are warm and you canndo whatever you want and nobody bad will ever surprise you.

Focus and you can go there. Anytime you want.

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8 Comments

  1. Melissa said,

    June 5, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Lovely description and I totally needed this today. Thank you. xx

    • June 5, 2010 at 4:02 pm

      It’s supposed to be a hypnotic thing. I self-hypnotize all the time 😉

  2. Ravin said,

    June 5, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Very cool.

  3. niki said,

    June 5, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    I’m on my way!
    Thanks;)

  4. June 5, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful place.

  5. June 6, 2010 at 5:42 am

    If you really focus on the physical senses, you can be there anytime. Cool yhong about imagination-altho it is a real place eh?


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