Its my 11th Wedding anniversary with my beloved hubby really is scoring high on brownie points this year - with a surprise date to the Sydney Symphony Orchestra performance of Stravinsky's Firebird, among other beautiful pieces. What a special romantic and beautiful evening. I was once a classical clarinet player, and have a music degree - so music is very very special to me. When I listen to music like this - its not just sounds going over me - but through me and into my cells. The music really touches my heart and I feel the music with every fiber of my being. I can be totally transported to the spiritual realms... and into heightened states. I become very present with the music.
I realised that there are many times a day I let this happen in other areas of life - but - why am I not striving to become more conscious of the effect of being so present and connected to more of life in even more areas?
When I eat something that is really wonderful - I let the flavour and the smell and the taste really come alive in me... I totally awaken to the experience... its an amazing thing to do - I call these toe curling ecstatic experiences. You know the food is really good when my toes curl up.
When I am outside - I lift my head to the sun - with eyes closed - and really connect to the energy of the sun - feeling it penetrate my cells and bring the energy into any areas of my body that need its life giving energy and warmth.
When I see a beautiful flower - I really take the time to look deep into it.. to touch it and really feel it... to smell it and let that sense wake up different areas in my body.
When I see a beautiful dancer moving - I see in wonder.. I let their performance touch my heart and my soul.... they move me.
When I look deep into the eyes of someone I love - I reach in there right deep into the soul to see them - really see them.. for who they really are... no thoughts in my head - just a full sensing....
So I find myself thinking - why not do this for more things in life - for the more ordinary.. the more mundane...?? How will this impact me??
So I tried it out today...I went with my hubby to watch his eldest son play a footy match... and while I am a great fan of this beautiful young man - I am not the greatest footy fan... so why not just sit there in deep appreciation and just be present and see what happens??
I found myself in awe of the dedication of these young men doing their thing... the energy moving through their bodies - the absolute focus and presence it takes to be able to catch that ball and kick it... the delight and the pain they experience... the love they feel for it.... the sun in the sky...the smell of the grass - the delight of the supporters... the absolute focus and dedication of the flag holders...
In all of this I found myself becoming more at one with it all...more accepting of it all.. more in awe of life... and more in connection with the pure essence of life that is pulsing in every moment in everything... my mind became calm and clear and my heart opened.. and I felt very alive and present.... fully there... with very few thoughts running through my mind - just a beingness.
I did the same with a cup of tea.... the warmth from the cup... the smell...the feel of it in my mouth and going into my body... my bodies reaction to it... and with it all a deep appreciation for all that had to happen so that I could have that moment of bliss with tea.
I have been doing this with many things today... just really taking a moment to be fully present with something I am doing or someone I am with - or something I am seeing....
It brings me into a much deeper sense of being and knowing... I am totally there ... in all the deeper aspects of my soul... its really beautiful.
Try it out - just be there and really experience - with all your cells and senses...and see what happens... let you food move you - really be present to the taste - really smell it - look at it - taste it....experience it....
Watch someone - anyone.... and really be there with them in that moment - really see past their clothes and how they are doing whatever they are doing... and sense into them... the deeper being that is there....
Look at a flower... really look into it - feel it - sense it... feel how it makes you feel and the impact it has on you - touch it...smell it...experience it.
Life can be such an enlivening and yummy experience.