Thursday, January 7, 2010
Your Senses are a Gateway to Your Spirit
That photo was from inside the bus as I headed toward Albany, New York, on my way to Kripalu in Massachusetts to complete my YogaDance teacher training at the beginning of December. We hadn't had our normal amount of snow at home yet, so this was a welcome sight.
A welcome sight? Winter?! Snow and cold?!
Yes. I also welcome the smell of winter and the quiet and the brisk feeling, the way it wakes you up on the shortest of walks.
This weather has been a part of my life since I was small. We have always lived where there is snow and cold.
As I get older, I appreciate it more and more. I appreciate the variety of seasons that my body is put through in a mere twelve months -- and here in Erie, in the Spring, I could say the variety of seasons my body is put through within a day.
I believe this is a large part of the reason I am here, on this plane of existence: to challenge, invigorate, and stimulate all of my senses in as many ways as possible.
To see, to taste, to feel, to smell, to hear as much of this physical life as possible.
To honor my body as the conduit of experience. To honor my body as the experience itself.
Not to transcend it. I can do that at my death.
I am thinking along these lines, due in large part to a piece that Christine has up today over at Abbey of the Arts. An amazing piece that I will have to print out and ruminate over.
But I am also thinking along these lines on a daily basis, as my word for the year is Embody.
Here are a few questions for you:
If the weather is not to your liking, do you cocoon yourself? Why?
Do you exclusively seek out physical comfort or do you allow your body to reside in discomfort?
When you are exercising, for example, do you judge feelings as "pain" or do you allow them to simply be sensations?
When was the last time you really challenged your body?
Do you see your body as an obstacle to a more "spiritual" life?