Sensation brings us into the present moment. The breeze alerts fine hairs on the arm. A beam of sunlight pierces through our thought-cloud of stories and planning. A throbbing along the spine or in the head pulls us out of that next thing. Sensation reminds us:
it’s now, you’re here
To “do” life, many of us are accustomed to ignoring sensation in our bodies. Maybe we’ve told ourselves that it’s inconvenient to listen, to feel, to really know what we’re experiencing. If we knew, we might be frightened by what we found. If we knew, we might become overwhelmed. If we knew, we might have to do something different. If we had to do something different, maybe that would be hard. If we had to do something different, maybe everything would fall apart. If we knew, maybe it would be such distracting fun that we’d forget to do all the very important things. If we knew, maybe…
Here’s something to play with this week: For a couple of minutes every day, let yourself become aware of the sensations making themselves known to you. You don’t have to label them, or understand them, or explain their history and existence, or decide if they are healthy or deadly, yummy or yucky, intractable or fleeting. Just feel them, as fully as you can. That’s it.
Dana Wyss Healing Arts
Breathe deeply, practice often, be well.