Calm your mind with a spiritual trip anytime of the day at any place
For us to achieve welfare and an optimal state of mind in times where society “lives to work”’, stress takes part in the daily lives of almost all people we know. Mankind is in desperate need to learn to create imaginary places that provide a recess to the mind.
There is a healing tool called “Safe Place’’ very useful to implement at moments filled with worries that invade our thoughts.
The central idea of the “Safe Place’’ as a treatment in psychotherapy was developed by Dr. Neal Daniels in the eighties when he was working at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. In psychological terms, “a safe place is considered an emotional sanctuary where people can recover their internal stability when they feel stressed’’ (Shapiro, 2001).
This “calm place’’ is an emotional state where each being achieve to feel deeply calm, without either fear or prejudice.
Over these past months, I’ve been applying the tool of the safe place in my meditations. I’ve learned that I must silence the mind so my body doesn’t get tired up, maintaining the physical-mental balance. I understood that I can’t wait until we bottom out, but I must prioritize the connection with my internal light along the day, every day. This way, I’ve learned to enjoy more to be present and to prioritize my activities so I can be more efficient with my times.
The steps that I recommend for the creation of this safe place, based in the fusion of techniques used by Daniels and Shapiro (2001) as well as the methods that I’ve practiced along my spiritual journey, are the following:
Look for a space just for you, closed or opened. The important thing is that you feel comfortable while sitting.
Try this simple method of visualization every time you need it. You’ll see how step by step your everyday life will be more efficient, happier, and fortunate. Always remember that your safe place is yours, nobody can tell you how it is, how it looks like, or how you feel within it. This place is perfect for you and only you, with your work of conscience, will be able to create it.
Get lost in the trip and become an addict of being happy!
Article written for Mia Astral's Blog. To read the original article in spanish click the following link:
Shapiro, F. (2001). Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing: Basic principles, protocols, and procedures (2nd). New York, NY: The Guilford Press.
Francine Shapiro Library. A Community of Heart Profile: Neil Daniels. https://emdria.omeka.net/items/show/7644