“What would it be like to fly high like a bird, to view your life from up there, from a distance, just observing, looking in”
We all know those times when we just feel stuck, unable to move forwards (or backwards or any direction). We can’t put our fingers on the reasons why but we have those familiar feelings, the knot in the stomach, the tightness in the chest.
We might be so tightly connected to a situation or story we may be telling ourselves, that we see and hear nothing else. Maybe somebody or something has niggled us, thrown us off balance. It could be as simple as somebody saying something to us without thinking what they are saying and right in that moment we are locked into the emotion whatever it may be. Unprocessed, this can linger for sometime.
It is at times like these, that I like to employ a very simple technique. One that allows us to step away from the emotion, to get some distance, to observe and just be curious.
The Fly high visualisation
I take my inspiration here from the two buzzards that are currently circling above our house. Their familiar shriek call making their presence known.
This is a simple visualization meditation. Know that at anytime you want to, you can open your eyes, come back to your breath, feel your feet on the floor and feel grounded.
- Close your eyes if this feels comfortable and imagine the most magnificent and beautiful bird, soaring high in the sky above. Lifted by the warm air currents, gently circling.
- In your minds eye, put yourself in the position of the bird, so you are looking down and seeing your life from this perspective and distance. Gently soaring, circling and observing.
- From this detached, birds eye view, what do you notice about your situation? be curious as to what is going on, what do you see?
- Take your time, keep soaring and circling and observing, you don’t need answers at this stage, just watch and observe from this new perspective.
- When you are ready, in your minds eye, gently come back to the ground and step back into your life.
- How different do you feel?
- What knowledge have you gained by seeing things from a birds eye view?
- How can you now take this new knowledge back into your life to help you move forward?
A simple quick technique that can help us bring some clarity to a situation without the emotional overlay. Very often, no new answers will come from this but just that time taken to step away, to get some distance, can bring a sense of calm and allow us the space to react appropriately and accordingly.
Have fun trying this out and as always, I wish you good health and happiness.
From Roger x