This post was originally published by Nicole at her website Create with Soul. She can now be found at Earth Soul Medicine.
We all know how it feels to lose someone we love. During those days after, we hold everyone tighter, we tell them we love them, and life feels more precious and fragile.
A similar thing happens when one of our 5 senses are dulled. We have a cold that clogs our nose, so we can’t breathe and thus can’t smell or taste things very well. Our ears become stuffed, making it harder to hear, and suddenly, we have a new found appreciation for these senses, that we take for granted in our day to day lives.
When reminded of the fragility of life, we go from living in black and white, to living in full on technicolor (the mission of Souldust). The French have a term:
Joie de vivre: meaning-a delight in being alive; keen, carefree enjoyment of living
What would happen if you were able to unfold, like a delicate flower, into the beauty of your everyday surroundings, discovering how alive your life is, without having to lose something or someone to discover it?
You know the term, what we focus on expands. So, what happens when we bring all of our attention to touch for one day. What does it feel like to touch and to be touched? How do the things that we pick up and hold everyday actually feel when we aren’t going through the motions of life? What if we allowed our nerve endings to be wide open and receptive?
Touch can open a heart, heal a sore body, connect with a friend or beloved, and even build the connection and love we have for ourselves. When was the last time you spent caring and nurturing own physical body? Do you rub the lotion on your body quickly with the next thing on your list to do on your mind? Or do you take the time to slow down, infusing loving energy from your hands into your own hands, arms, legs and feet?
Do you think you might embrace your own beauty if you slowed down and took a few minutes to honor your body?
“Listen to me, your body is not a temple. Temples can be destroyed and desecrated. Your body is a forest—thick canopies of maple trees and sweet scented wildflowers sprouting in the underwood. You will grow back, over and over, no matter how badly you are devastated.” -Beau Taplin
Take a moment to awaken and delight your senses. Feel the breeze on your face, smell the salt air, hear the seagulls calling and the waves crashing, taste the mist of sea spray as you see the waves roll in.
Be present in each moment to the world around you discover the beauty that lies in the everyday moments called life.
Want to travel to the land of joie de vivre, France, and rebirth your life through your senses? Join us at an upcoming Souldust Paris retreat.