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Need a time-out from busyness & stress? Start Here.

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Are you getting worn down by the stress? Do you need a time-out from the busyness? How about rising a few feet above it all, for a few moments? … Like you’re floating on air.

That’s what I felt like when I saw these jaw-dropping photos. Like I was floating on air.

My videographer took these photos during a trip to the U.S. mainland. And when I first looked at them, I could literally feel myself floating in one these balloons. I’d like you to also experience this “floating on air” sensation. Right now.

So take a few moments out of your busy life & focus on these images.

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Imagine you’re standing in the basket of one of these hot air balloons. Imagine what it would feel like to be floating.

Floating on air…

Imagine all stress + tension leaving your body.

The higher you float in the balloon, the more your tension dissolves.

Your thoughts just come and go… you pay absolutely no attention to them…

You are totally present.


You. Are. At. Peace.

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Just looking at these photos relaxes you deeply.


And energizes you.

Now, moving from imagination into reality — Look down at your feet, firmly on the floor or whatever surface you’re on. Right now.

Take a deep breath in.  Exhale.

Be aware of your body. Relaxed + energized.


Now that you’ve gifted yourself this time-out from your stress, your few moments of floating on air, you’re ready to take on the world.

But with a difference – you now have some inner peace which can nurture you. Always. No matter how stressful things may be.


PS. How do you recharge?

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  1. Beautifully relaxing. Amazing what a few photos and some imagination can do! Thanks.

    • Hi Jill: Isn’t it! Takes so little to create that ‘ideal vacation’ without having to pack a suit case!

  2. The key is to make / take the time to do these exercises. That’s where I get hung up. I wanna do them, but I let other stuff get in the way. Gorgeous presentation of the material.

    • Hi Roxanne: Priorities. Keep your eye on your goal. Be steadfast … persistent. You. Are. Worth. It.

  3. I recharge by reading a book. I once read, “Books let you travel the world, without leaving home.”

    That said, I really like your idea of stopping and taking a deep breath.

    • Hi Gertrude: Reading is excellent. And of course, it engages the thought process. To deepen the relaxation, consider transcending thought. That’s why in my post I suggest:

      “Your thoughts just come and go… you pay absolutely no attention to them…

      You are totally present.


      You. Are. At. Peace.”


  4. Thanks for this. Formal meditation has always been intimidating to me, but this post was simple, easy and welcoming. I feel great.

    • Hi Jess: To me, meditation occurs whenever you feel at one with yourself, connected to your own essence, and not bogged down by negativity (excess fear, guilt, shame, blame). How we achieve that inner peace will vary with each person. Glad this post worked for you:)

  5. Do you think we always need to close our eyes when we’re trying to relax? Sometimes I get so involved in something that it becomes relaxing. I hope that makes sense.

    • Hi Rudy: It makes absolute sense. As I commented to Jill [above], “….How we achieve that inner peace will vary with each person.” So trust what works for you. And if that’s “eyes open,” sounds like you have your answer.:)

  6. If I want a HOT AIR experience, City Hall and the State Capitol have lots and lots and lots of the stuff. They also have tons and tons of B.S. – enough to supply every farm with a lifetime supply of fertilizer.

    To recharge, I look for the little treasures that life has laid-out for us. By treasures, I mean the things that bring a smile to my face and a warm sense of serenity to my mind and heart: random acts of love, children laughing/playing, the aroma of flowers or a delicious meal being prepared et cetera.

    Oh, and treasures definitely includes winning the lottery. Now, that would POSITIVE-ly RECHARGE me!