***Sensual Sanctuary Series Week #1***
What’s catching your eye right now? Beyond this screen?
Look around you…
What are you noticing?
Do you REALLY SEE IT?
Its particular beauty inviting you in for a dose of NOW.
Or do you totally miss what’s there for you,
Lost in confusion, like I found myself so many times this past week.
With my days COVID-sideways and my routine oddly askew
my mind can whirl, frantically trying to make things right,
but disconnected from what’s already right, right here.
So when I notice I’m frozen in worry or frustration
…or angry and flailing around
looking for answers where there are none,
what’s helping me most these days
is a 10-second immersion in my senses.
But it’s so simple you might not even bother.
10 seconds of stopping didn’t solve the bigger problems that plagued me this week
Like every one of my credit cards being hacked last Tuesday
Or the tears and anger that came from nowhere to overwhelm me.
But as logic-defying as it is sometimes,
and as easy as it is to forget,
I keep finding that 3 breaths will bring me back to what is here, right now,
Waiting to bring me joy.
It’s those little 10-second helps that have made a BIG difference this week.
They brought me back to thankfulness and my sweet struggling heart.
Then I remember the sacredness of this sense connection to my body.
and what’s real in the world around me.
You may be a bit out of practice taking in the simple pleasures your body offers.
Schools don’t teach this simple yet powerful mood-changer and truth-revealer.
And too often our religious upbringing
relegated the body to something defamed or impure.
But there’s a delicious mystery I have access to through my senses,
and an undeniably simple truth beyond dogma
when I take the time to notice what’s always here
waiting to ease the week’s and world’s troubles.
The bulk of my work these past few years
has been to bring us all back to a deeper connection
with the sacredness of what IS HERE…
a TRUTH more salient than the stories our mind creates when we’re in fear.
Daffodils did the trick this morning…
10 seconds of their smiling faces,
their subtle scent,
and a creamy yellow profusion soaking into my soul.
Yesterday the deep pink of my water bottle brought me back to myself.
I found my center again simply letting myself feel that twwwaaaang of color.
Give this a try right now if you’d like….
1. For 10 seconds soak in whatever catches your eye.
It hardly matters what.
Whatever happens to be sitting on your kitchen table or out the window.
2. Notice what attracted you to this thing.
Was it the line? Color? Texture? Contrast?
3. Now… can you let yourself really take it in?
Feel it touching you?
When I make it a practice
of sprinkling these few seconds of sense immersions throughout my day
I’m enjoying what I call a Joy Workout*.
Many light reps building my joy muscles.
Then everything feels just a bit easier.
I’m cutting this short now…
Gotta get out for an afternoon of windy Spring delights,
and soaking in as much of this exquisite world’s beauty as my joy muscles can receive.
Want to join me???
What 10-second joy is catching your attention right now?
Share is down below in the comments!
Let’s inspire one another!!