Every Friday, I reflect on the week that has just passed by doing a little sensory 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 the last week:
tasting :: spinach ravioli casserole, hummus and pita wedges, a Greek salad, garden vegetable soup, chicken vegetable soup, sweet potato and black bean chili,a s’more with a bonfire melted marshmallow. And lots of soup = the perfect food week for me. I make double batches of soup when I cook and the other night I looked in the refrigerator and squealed that there were 5 different types of soups frozen in there. BF was not as excited. He humors my soup addiction, but he finally asked me to lay off the copious amounts of kale in soup the other day. Spinach for the win.
hearing :: Christmas carols! And I am not sick of them yet because I did not hear the first one until Thanksgiving Eve. Also, I can never get enough of my little kid singing carols. All the cute in the world right there.
smelling :: baking bread and evergreen. Love fresh cut Christmas trees!
seeing :: sweet family from near and far, a light dusting of snow in the mountains when we went to cut our Christmas tree, super nice big boys being too sweet to my little kid, and some old family and college photos that I came across as I was looking for some pictures from Scotland for a project my nephew is doing. My siblings will never forgive me for sharing that picture on the left (I am the little one on the right), but I couldn’t resist. The right hand picture is me with one of my colleges roommate and best friends.
feeling :: whole-hearted. We had a lovely Thanksgiving, work is busy but good, and my people are in good shape right now. Knocking on wood.
wishing :: for some really productive work days to get everything in that I want to before Happy is out of school for winter break.
What about you? What were your sensational experiences this week? Please share!