You Have a Portal to Peace!
A portal is an entrance of any kind, like a door or gateway. It takes you from one place to another.
Your portal means that you have the power to move seamlessly to your own place of peace. So whatever is happening around you, with your mindful awareness, you can tap into your breath.
And as you breathe deeply into your abdomen, you are transported to a calm space. It’s an internal transportation, because you are still surrounded physically by the chaos you’re faced with.
Sometimes it might help to actually touch something, like your abdomen, a bracelet, a ring or chain round your neck. A tiny physical move or gesture that takes only a second, can connect you with your portal to peace.
Call Upon the Magic
This reminds me of something similar; the portkey in the Harry Potter stories by JK Rowling. A portkey is a very ordinary object that has been enchanted. When you touch it, you are taken to another place which has been pre-arranged. Usually you know where you are going.
My mind then flew to some other children’s stories which use a portal of some kind. One of them is ‘Tom’s Midnight Garden’ by Philippa Pearce. The magic only happens at midnight when the grandfather clock in the hallway strikes 13. Tom opens the front door to find that he has gone back in time. A portal into history.
Perhaps it’s similar to ‘The Subtle Knife’ by Philip Pullman. The knife allows you to slice through the atmosphere and walk into a parallel universe, through which you can also return.
And ‘The Secret Garden’ by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The robin leads Mary to find a long-lost key. With the key, any time she wishes to, she can enter the secret garden.
So she used one of them to make her doll come alive and they had adventures together. I had a beautiful dress covered in yellow daisies with a large daisy in the centre and called it my ‘Bizzy Lizzy dress’!
Transport Yourself to Peace
So if you like the idea of transporting yourself to peace using your portal, embrace the magic!
Are there any stories that spring to mind from your childhood? Maybe you can weave those memories into your adult self and use your portal for peace whenever you need it!
Yvette Jane – Mindfulness & Meditation Guide