Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
Heart Happy

Sensory Awareness

Yesterday I attended a Sensory Awareness workshop at Fort Mason.  I debated going as I wasn't feeling well, and I'm grateful I did.

Our gathering begins as we share "what's up". I explained about the Mohs surgery and how I was feeling.  It seemed each of us there yesterday was experiencing issues with our head.  We began by placing our hands on our head, feeling, sensing, thereby honoring our own head, then feeling, sensing, honoring our ears.  What marvels we are.  At first, my head and ears felt small, compacted, but as my hands were there in support, breath came in, space.

I felt the preciousness of my head, fragility, and connected the surface of my head, the skull, with the surface of the earth, which is also fragile and precious.  There is no hardness there.  Even stone has space.

We worked with the need for spaciousness in the brain and eyes.  We gave ourselves time to stroke around the eye socket.  The eye socket is huge.  What is the field in which we see, the field in which we live?  Can we expand around our thoughts, allow space?

By the end of the time my head, felt huge, my ears, my eyes.  I was seeing and participating in something larger than myself.  Words can't describe sensing, but I offer an invitation.


Place your hands on each side of your head.  Give yourself time to feel the breath, the wonderful breath as air moves in and out.  What strokes?

Thich Nhat Hanh says miracles are at hand.

Breathe in.

Breathe out.

What a miracle.

What a gift!

Our own touch can bring us more awareness of this gift.  Do you have a Koosh ball or any ball?  Play with it with your feet.  What majesty is there when honoring these wondrous feet and toes that touch, play with, and receive from the ground.  Perhaps place a Koosh ball on your head, or a stone.  What meets you there?  Walk around.  Lie down.  How does the eyeball feel when upright, when lying down?  How much space is in your head, your eyes, your feet?

We spoke of giggling toes and giggling eyes.  What giggles in you now?  What meets you when you pause?

May we each live these words of Dogen:

To carry yourself forward and experience myriad things is delusion.  That myriad things come forth and experience themselves is awakening.

May you move through this day, aware and awake as "myriad things come forth and experience themselves."

Revel in space.

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