Welcome to my Sunday Book Review. Today I’m reviewing Sue Vincent’s Petals of the Rose – Guided Journeys. A wonderful book to calm and go within ourselves with guided meditations.
A series of guided meditations, designed to open aspects of the personality in as gentle and natural way as the petals of the rose open at the touch of the sun. Each inner journey will carry you to a haven within your own psyche from which to explore layers of your own being, learning their meaning and purpose. From mystical and silent castles, to the song of the unicorn… each journey takes you deeper into your inner being and carries you out beyond the stars. Stories stir the imagination, casting images upon the screen of mind that allow us to explore, in safety, aspects of our lives and being that we might otherwise avoid or overlook. There is a rich vein of experience in memory that can be mined for its treasures. One of the simplest and best ways of exploring the labyrinths of the mind is to do so through a guided journey.Meditation and visualisation are not arcane practices in which a few indulge… we all use these tools every day, to navigate our way around the world and our lives. We ask ourselves ‘what if?’, creating imaginary scenarios before we act. We visualise the route we walk to work, or what the basket full of ingredients will look like, once assembled and cooked, on a dinner plate. There is no mystery in meditation… but when you give time and attention to the practice, it can open the door to many mysteries… including those of our own being…
My 5 Star Review:
A small book that packs a punch for the soul. Sue Vincent offers up some wonderful calming and soothing meditations with guided imagery to help take us into a higher mindspace and bring us into a calmer sense of self.
This book offers simple meditations with painted visualizations in words (which this author is known well for) that aid in getting us into a meditative state and help to stir our senses by taking us into the imagery and leaving us to continue with wherever our imagination takes us.
A lovely book to keep at the bedside to use for those reflective moments, or when we just need to zone out and recompose.
I’ve recently returned from a glorious two-month escape to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Our trip was fabulous, fun and oh so relaxing, but I will say that the mind often takes a little longer to catch up with the body when it comes to relaxing. It takes great mental concentration to not allow the mind to stray and wander back home to some of the crap we leave behind, or have to deal with upon return. But I did it!
How freeing it is to not have to think when we finally reach that point of letting go. The constant everyday issues of life become condensed to only one concern: What should we have for dinner tonight?” That should be my only worry.
Anyway, I digress (as usual). I purposely didn’t post here while away (with the exception of a pre-scheduled #WATWB post), because if I post, I like to reply to comments in a timely fashion and I just wanted to let go of all responsibilities. And I have to say, it did take me a good week at first to get into that relax mode. But once I did, it was exhilarating to escape real life worries and obligations. I caught up on some good reading time, although only reading 12 books, I’d planned to read more, but it seemed my social circles were growing by the day, creating many distractions.
I met a lot of people on my trip – some I’ll probably never see again, some who became new good friends, and of course, some rather unpleasant people too. But that’s another story for another day that I’ll no doubt be writing about – nasty people who have nothing better to do but gossip and stir shit for something to do. We had the usual chair wars (to be explained), and gained a ton of great tourist information from what has been deemed ‘the pool of knowledge’ where we all congregate in the afternoons to escape the hot sizzle in our lounge chairs, and mingling and sharing tips take place. We learn about some great places to visit, great restaurants to go eat, which grocery stores carry certain items, and who is who in the zoo, lol.
I hope I got your curiosity going enough to reading my next few blog posts where I’ll be elaborating on my trip and sharing some fun photos and tips. All said, it was a fabulous trip, and a great rejuvenation. Thanks for coming back to my blog to visit again and I hope to entertain you with some spectacular sunsets! I’ll leave you with a few here.
Thanks for visiting!