The Beloved Body
Day Seven: Pleasure
"Ten times a day something happens to me like this - some strengthening throb of amazement - some good sweet empathic ping and swell. This is the first, the wildest and the wisest thing I know: that the soul exists and is built entirely out of attentiveness.” Mary Oliver
This fall, I took a Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction course for cancer patients and their caregivers. My meditation buddy and dear friend is undergoing treatment for breast cancer and we thought the group would be helpful for both of us.
One of exercises that I found most valuable had to do attention. As we know, in any given moment there are multiple things that are happening in our bodies and in our environment. We can choose where our attention goes. Sometimes it important to be with sensations and feelings that are uncomfortable and painful. There is a fortitude that is built is doing this. Sometimes we need to feel uplifted and remember that pleasure and pleasant sensations exist even when challenge may be present. It was particularly inspiring to hear persons with stage-4 cancer talk about turning their attention to pleasant experiences when I was aware of some of the significant discomfort and challenges that facing them everyday.
Today, I invite you to bring your attention to what amazes you - to what brings you pleasure and enjoyment. Feel what it is like in your body to feel pleasure and pleasant sensations. What sensations are present.? Where are they present? Notice how the World (the wind, the rain, the air, the sun, beauty) touches you physically. May amazement capture your attention and may you remember to linger in it by bringing your attention to how life touches you over and over!
This is the last post of this 7-day installment of the Beloved Body. It has been a pleasure getting to journey with you. I hope these posts have been helpful and nourishing. Mostly I hope that you continue to cherish and get curious about the unique beloved being that you are. I have put all these posts on my website should you want to revisit them. Please keep in touch. I have loved hearing from some of you during the past week. I love knowing that there are fellow travelers out there who want to live fully and reverently in their bodies. And of coarse if I can be of service, please don't hesitate to reach out to me.
Should you want to feel and get to know your beloved pelvis. Starting this month, I'm offering some upcoming writing & experiential anatomy workshops for women called Writing the Story of Our Pelvis. (details below).
My beloved body bows to your beloved body over and over,
The Beloved Body