Weekly Practice 38
Every week we profile one of the “Reflect to Create! “ practices from my book, they are chosen at random from a jar on my desk. My invitation is for you to try it out if it speaks to you in some way.
This week we are profiling Practice 42: Waking Up our Senses! (from page 95 of my book).
Practice 42 is one of the dance steps in The Opening’s Seeing Anew.
Seeing Anew invites us to be fully present, awake and alive in the moment with ‘what is’ – of waking up all of our senses, to appreciate and to see again with fresh eyes. I have chosen Practice 42 to welcome in the Spring! The light is changing, the days are getting longer, the birds in the garden are singing, and the daffodils are making way for the bluebells in our local woods. I am also just back from a trip to Vienna – a city which is a complete delight for the senses with its art, music, architecture, coffee houses and troubled history.
In our busyness we can often forget to slow down and savour. Our senses are so important because as Dejan Stohanovic reminds us¹,
‘Senses empower limitations, …. senses expand vision within borders, …..senses promote understanding through pleasure.’
So for this practice:
- Choose an activity that you enjoy. This could be anything sensual like enjoying a view, drinking a glass of wine, cooking or eating a meal, gardening or walking.
- Breathe deeply and ground yourself.
- Now ask your eyes, ‘What do you see?’ Pay careful attention to your noticing.
- Now ask your ears, ‘What do you hear?’ Pay careful attention to your noticing.
- Now touch, ‘What do you feel?’ or ‘What do you imagine this would feel like?’ Pay careful attention to your noticing.
- Now ask your nose, ‘What do you smell?’ Pay careful attention to your noticing.
- Now move to your taste buds, ‘What do you taste?’ Pay careful attention to your noticing.
- Reflect on what you have discovered. Journal your findings. And repeat
Have a go!
Start with small steps.
Reflect on what you are noticing.
Please do share your stories so we can all learn together.
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¹ Quote downloaded 23rd May 2017 from https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/sense