Many spiritual practices and guides encourage us to renounce our bodies and our senses. While there may be a place for this, it is a very masculine practice. I personally prefer a more feminine practice where I become totally present to my senses.
Your seat of power is the present moment, and your senses are the tools to access this power.
"Life is available in the present moment. If you abandon the present moment you cannot live the moments of your daily life deeply" - Thich Nhat Hanh
If you have ever watched a baby take in the world with so much awe in her eyes, you know what I'm talking about when I say that this body is a miracle. And how lucky are we are to be in it for this brief time. I am constantly forgetting and reminding myself of this throughout the day.
And then I forget again :)
As we continue on this theme of setting EMBODIED intentions, I am reminded that the greatest and most spiritual experiences I have ever had didn't happen in my head, but in my body. They were felt experiences.
The simplicity of pure presence has such an awesome impact, it kind of blows my mind.
For instance, right now I am sitting in a coffee shop with my green tea, surrounded by 5 other people on their own devises. I am listening to the music (I've got you babe- don't you love that song!) playing over the speakers. There is a fan whirling overhead. I can feel the keys on my keyboard as I tap them.
Even though it is almost summer there is a slight chill in the air. I can still taste the muffin I just ate in my mouth and the smell of coffee wafts through the air.
All that is impacting me right now- through my senses.
Take a moment and look up from this post. Notice what your senses are telling you. Take a breath. Come to your senses.
When I was a teenager my dad introduced me to Joseph Campbell. He was considered one of our greatest scholars and teachers and I have so much respect for him. The Power of Myth is an incredible book. He talks about how one of the most spiritual experiences he has ever had happened when he was running on the beach at dusk.
Even one of our greatest scholars used his body and senses to connect with God.
I witness my 2 year old doing this same thing when playing with his blocks. He is totally in his body, in the moment. It is beautiful to watch.
Today, I invite you to slow down enough to appreciate the energy running through your body. Take time to remember that your senses are a manifestation of the spirit. Be willing to indulge in them, but notice what nourishes you and makes you feel grounded.