Thursday, April 23, 2009

Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay

Just a nice shot of the ferry coming into the Liffey. I travel to this spot occasionally and it's always uplifting somehow. Very soothing, very relaxing. Sittin' on the dock of the bay, wasting time sings Otis Redding (the version I like the most). Otis Redding died three days after recording the song, which he wrote with Steve Cropper - hence the hummed last verse. That was never completed. So from the South wall, I watch the activity of the docks, the incoming and outgoing ships and sometimes I can spot the odd seal. One of the relaxation exercises I teach my clients might be performed here - or even an "imagined here". Imagine you are in your car and you drive to a spot like the small car park there. Gradually imagine reversing your car up to the wall in short movements, getting closer and closer. As you imagine making each movement, draw in your breath slightly and hold it each time. Build it up without exhaling. Don't exhale yet nor breath in fully. Not until you are comfortably parked. Then take that last deep intake of breath, look out to sea, expel the air slowly in one and imagine your tension, troubles and worries flow out with the waves as you breathe out.