Friday Reflections

A workshop that I lead has a tagline of “because reflection matters.”  Indeed, I think that knowing what’s on your mind and in your heart can be one of the most transcendent things.  It is in building your self-awareness that you can build your self-knowledge and embrace self-acceptance.  When you become the person who knows you best and you become really clear about who you are and how you are in the world, things change.  They transcend.  That is why so much of what I encourage here is about knowing yourself, about refining that knowing, about always keeping a finger on the pulse.  Since shine was such a powerful experience for so many of us, I wanted to bring shine like energy to more of the blog.  And, today, I am reintroducing something that I did a few times earlier this year and called Saturday Senses.  Now, it is Friday Reflections but the concept is the same, reflecting on the week through the tool of observing our senses.  My hope is that this will be a gentle way to tune into how we are doing weekly and what we are experiencing weekly.

Now, for Friday Reflections.

With each sense as your inspiration, consider how experiencing it impacted your week.  Here is my sensory round-up for this week:     

tasting :: a bounty of squash.  We have been on a squash bender this week: zucchini, yellow squash, butternut squash, and spaghetti squash.

hearing ::  the final audio CD of The Art of Fielding.  Really a great book.  Perfect for long drives.      

smelling ::  crisp, fall like air.  Love the smell and feel of fall in the air.

seeing ::  lots and lots of papers to grade.  Fortunately, there are plenty of compelling thoughts to follow.

feeling :: both so excited about my classes this semester  (great, great students) and a little deep in the work responsibilities this week.  

wishing/hoping :: for some breathing room after a flurry of work responsibilities between now and Wednesday.  Then, things should settle and I can determine a little back-to-school rhythm.

What about you?  What were your sensational experiences this week?  Please tell us all about them.

This post was inspired by Teacher Goes Back to School who was inspired by Pink of Perfection’s Five Sense Friday.

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2 responses to “Friday Reflections”

  1. Cecile

    tasting :: squash too! It’s one of fall’s elements I love (in fact I love quite everything about fall!). Yesterday we had a “gorgonzola squash” soup with salmon. It’s the first time we taste this kind of squash, it was delicious, close to the taste of sweet potatoes.

    hearing :: “Danke für diesen guten Morgen” (Thank you for this good morning) – hearing and singing loud! as Delight learns it at the Kindergarten. There’s a version I love that gives me so much energy. Talk about the power of music….

    smelling :: chocolate chips we prepared as birthday gift for Delight’s godfather. Such a delightful smell everywhere in the house!

    seeing :: decorative squash, still in the entrance, waiting to be displayed as decoration. Already a decoration by itself. I just love these bright and warm colors!

    feeling :: finally fit again. After 2 bad nights, I scaled down my expectations on my household and I focused on rest. It was a good choice.

    wishing/hoping :: for some moments of me-time despite of our very full planing this week-end. I will only find them if I create them. So I hope to be able to set boundaries when I need it.

  2. Tami -- Teacher Goes Back to School

    hooray for reflection!

    i love these posts because they have become a way for me to keep a loose journal as well as slow down and savor the details of my life.

    so happy you’ve joined the party. <3
    Tami — Teacher Goes Back to School recently posted..Saturday Senses

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