Friday Reflections

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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 ::  barley and cranberry salad, vegetable soup, shrimp, jicama and strawberry salad, sweet potato and chorizo lasagna, pan roasted brussel sprouts with cranberries

hearing ::  the gorgeous music of the Nutcracker performed by the Charlotte Symphony as they provided the soundtrack for the Charlotte Ballet’s Nutcracker performance (which was lovely)

smelling :: our evergreen tree and greens and a gorgeous candle that I was given that also smells like evergreen.  Love the scent!

seeing :: Happy get his orange belt with black stripe at his first karate belt test (he started in September).  I actually got teary-eyed as he was lining up for the test.  He told me as we were walking in that he was nervous and so I got down to his eye level and told him that being nervous just meant that it mattered to him and not that he wasn’t ready.  He did great.  And he was just so proud of himself.

feeling :: incredulous that the holidays and end of year are upon us.  I need one more week before that all gets started.  Barring that, I might look like a little frantic tornado for the next two weeks.

wishing :: for a lovely holiday season and end of year!  Given recent news and the pressing in of the end of year, we could all probably use some time steeped in love and laughter and a reminder of the beauty of humanity.  Wishing for wholehearted goodness for all of us.

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

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