Yesterday was lovely. We have a strong gathering of people committed to deepening our practice of Sensory Awareness. We watched a DVD of Charlotte Selver. She died at the age if 102 in 2003. She was still teaching at 101, and the video is of that time period. She always said we are our own teachers, and her final statement is that we don't need her, and I know she is here within me.
Our commitment is to practice for twenty minutes a day four times a week. That means we actually allow ourselves to explore what our being wants and needs. We live as a child does, a baby, responding, feeling, acknowledging, creating. It is difficult to give one's self that time. It feels self-indulgent and it is key. Alan Watts called Sensory Awareness, "the living Zen."
We also have a homework assignment. I share it with you.
When you wake up in the morning, stay in bed and feel how you are waking up. Allow the time to sense what is happening in you. Explore if there is one thing you are grateful for before leaving your bed. Notice how you meet the day. What is happening in you, now, and now, and now?
Yesterday, we looked at pictures of babies waking up, so I stretched like that this morning, an arm, an leg. Oh, I have hands and feet. How amazing!! And gratitude. Well, once begun, one cannot stop.
We walked down for coffee this morning. The birds are twittering. The sky was just getting light, tinging the fogs of cloud with pink. I am grateful for life, my bed, yogurt, and a banana, my plants, wind chimes. The list went on and on. I am still tingling with how my whole life is filled with things to be grateful for. Try it. It is delight.
It is suggested we subscribe to: http://www.gratefulness.org. Check out the Word for the Day,
Brother David Steindl-Rast is a Benedictine monk who has created practice centers around gratefulness. The practice of gratitude can transform you life.
I noticed so much more this morning, as I walked along grateful for the creative cheerfulness of the intelligent organism I am.
It's Sunday, a day of gratitude, pause, reflection, and rest.
Savor. Pause!! Rest!