Engaging All of Our Senses
I went to the spa today to get a pedicure. As I was sitting in the chair I closed my eyes and started focusing on what I was feeling. I paid attention to the soft music in the background with birds chirping and chimes playing. I took in the aromas of the essential oils that were being applied to my feet and legs. I savored the relaxing massage my practitioner was giving me to help me relax and unwind. Then as I opened my eyes I took in the lovely surroundings, watching the light shine in through the window and noticing the thoughtful decor that was put into place with loving intention and purpose.
Any time we are doing anything we have a choice. We can either breeze through it and allow our minds to wander or we can choose to savor the experience by getting grounded in the present moment. Even with something as small as sipping on a hot cup of tea or coffee, so many of us do it mindlessly as we drink with one hand and scroll our phones with the other. But what if we took just a little time to just be; to just enjoy the experience we have before us, treating it as the goal rather than seeing it as a stepping stone to something or somewhere else? That's actually one of the reasons I love ancient tea ceremonies so much: they force us to be very intentional in our present actions, which then allows for our minds to relax.
Most people are running on empty. Most people are repressing stress and anxiety but are way too 'busy' to even notice. But what if there is a simple solution to all that? What if all it takes to find peace is to learn how to be more present and mindful in our day-to-day activities?
Just some food for thought: next time you are having a meal, chatting with a friend, or walking down the street, pay attention. Look up from your phone once in a while to see what you've been missing. Engage your senses and notice how miraculous your body is to allow you these glorious sensations that feel so good if you only permit yourself to notice them.
*Dawson Manor Spa, Newmarket, Ontario