Sensing

Sensing

What an amazing body, brain and mind we have. I am fascinated by the ways in which I can sense into the world. I have always had an acute sense of smell and it will tell me if the toast has burned or if the wiring in the toaster got too hot! In a workshop yesterday, I was facilitating a balancing and centering exercise for a group. One person remarked how funny it seemed when I said; “What would it look like if you saw the world from the perspective of the back of your ankle (Achilles Tendon). If you function primarily visually as I assume he did, what would it look like to see the world form another part of you rather than your eyes?

The movie entitled ‘The Bell Jar’ was a wonderfully graphic portrayal of someone who had a stroke and was able to communicate in a whole new way. Albeit it was an arduous struggle, there was someone who had the patience to fully listen, be present to something deep inside wanting to communicate and sticking to it. How often do you take the time to really listen deeply via all or one of your sensory resources? Listening with your eyes can be a very profound experience as you learn how not to focus on what is seen and take in the energetic of what is present.

I have heard stories about Helen Keller’s amazing ability to sense the world around her. It was told that after meeting someone, she never forgot him or her. Can you imagine having a catalog of every person you met and always being able to remember them? Without the same faculties (or distractions) of sensing as you and me she was able to refine what she had and use it to the fullest extent of her experience.

When you have a pain in your body, what allows you to really tune into it? The bigger question is whether or not you take the time to check it out. I had an excruciating pain in my arm last year so much so that so I was literally not able to work or even do menial tasks. No pain relievers touched it although I only took ibuprofen. It was difficult to even sleep. I became aware of my body in a whole new way. I ended up going to stay with a friend and be taken care of. Day by day it got better and by the weeks end the pain was almost gone.

What will it take for you to begin to see, hear, feel and sense in new ways? I like the story of Grandmother Moses, the painter. She didn’t start leaning to paint until she was in her early 70’s. All of her life she had devoted to her husband and family. When her husband died she learned she had unique talents. Maybe they were there all along and developed in a variety of ways. When she began drawing and painting, her self-expression blossomed and she was prolific in painting for many years.