I created this visualization over ten years ago and have shared it with hundreds of students. Tweens and teens consistently request this visualization over all others. I am excited to share it with you!
In creating this piece, I had several goals in mind. First, I wanted to develop and maintain a grounded sense of body awareness for beginners. Some visualizations can be too ethereal and lofty for teens needs.
Second, I wanted to give teens a chance to dream and create from their own senses. Finally, I wanted teens to come away from the visualization with an empowered feeling of inspiration to build their own “structures” in their world.
Below are two tracks. The first is a 30 second intro that simply guides students into an appropriate position for the experience. You can either play this version for your students, or write your own. I do suggest using your own voice for the intro. That way, you can give as much time as needed and help students find their way to a comfortable position.
The next track is the actual visualization. You can choose to learn it and speak it yourself, or simply play this version for your students. There are benefits to using recorded visualizations. You are freed up to hold space and help soothe any students needing assistance. There is also a gorgeous flute track in this recording, by the brilliant musician, Matt Demeritt.
I hope you enjoy this guided journey. It is close to my heart and has helped me to forge deeper relationships with my students. Let your students share their experiences out loud or even draw a picture afterwards. Enjoy this chance to see a glimpse of your teens’ dreams and unique vision. Let their feedback guide you, as you guide them.
This blog entry was first published on ShantiGeneration.com in March 2013.