Friday Reflections


Every Friday, I reflect on the week that has just passed by doing a little senses exercise.  This practice is a gentle, easy way to tune into how we are doing, what we are experiencing, and what we are grateful for while more acutely tuning into our senses.  It’s a whole heart exercise with plenty of bodily input, if you will.  Because this practice has been so good for me, I want to encourage you to do it, too.  Building some gentle reflection into our weeks is a nice way to stay grounded while maintaining some big picture perspective.  So please join me in this week’s 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 ::  the most incredible spinach pizza, broiled bacon-wrapped chicken with sweet potatoes, slow cooker garlic chicken, roasted broccoli, lemon orzo and meatball soup, Mediterranean Couscous and Lentil Salad (with some cucumbers in the mix), avocado and hummus

hearing ::  really lovely hymns sung by the church choir at Nana’s funeral, Widor’s Toccata, You Never Even Called Me By My Name by David Allen Coe,  Let Me Clear My Throat, Could It Be Another Change by The Samples

smelling :: garlic chicken in the slow cooker, chlorine from the pool, blooming magnolias, lilies so fragrant they made me woozy

seeing ::  dear loved ones from near and far as we celebrated Nana’s life, feathers all over our driveway (I think some poor unsuspecting bird got dive-bombed by another) and a sweet little blue egg in a nest the mama Purple Finch made in the yellow Jasmine on the porch, pelicans diving into the ocean for lunch, and a solitary dolphin making its way through the fish pools in the Atlantic

feeling ::  the way a heart can break at losing someone but yet be open to love, very grateful for the work of Hospice doctors, nurses, and caregivers, and clear-eyed and big-hearted

particularly enjoying* ::  that the boys run off to the pool as soon as BF comes home from work so that I can run to the gym for a yoga or Pilates class before dinner, thrilled that summer allows me to turn countless pages of books that I’ve been wanting to read (just in the last 10 days, I’ve read:  Dangerous Girls, Dare Me,  Calling Me Home,  Attachments,  and Without Warning, and the sound of Happy’s proud voice as he works through reading me his I Can Read books.

What about you?  What were your sensational experiences this week?  Please share!

* usually that last category is wishing but I just wanted to relish in what I really enjoyed this week.

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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