Fingal’s Cave off the coast of Scotland
Good Morning, thought I’d share a little more of yesterday’s experience. Like many others around me, I live life at a rather “active” pace. True not always, I know to take breaks, and have a slow down time, the key words here, are I know… just because I know, doesn’t mean that I do it. I was happy yesterday to disrobe and get on the waiting table in the small room I’d been assigned to. Nothing magical, just a quiet place, soothing music and the implements used for doing facials. The table was the ordinary table used in spas, and salons all over. The table had been prepared, the colours of the towels and sheets were calm, soothing colours, the terry towels were big a fluffy. Already I could feel myself relaxing, and when I slipped unto the table and felt the warmth on my back (the table was heated) I knew I had made a good choice.
Our minds are chatty little characters, often even if we want to rest and know we are tired, the little voice just keeps babbling away at times like a broken record. I closed my eyes, letting the moment surround me. I was getting a holistic facial, the herbal fragrances were intoxicating, never mind the knowing trained hands working their magic. My mind began to still, my thoughts drifted into quiet spaces that’s I’d found along the way and wanted to explore.
Melissani Cave, Greece
There is no rhyme or reason for where the thoughts will drift. The mind and body are strongly connected and tuned to one another. When the body begins to let go and release pent-up stress, the mind feeling less smothered and pressured, will also relax. Being able to find, quiet moments where the body truly let’s go of the daily ritual of “activity” is an awesome experience. It really truly is.
The promise of spring, a new season, when we see the first signs of new growth peaking through the soil…. this is rejuvenation. we see it and we love the discovery, it is pleasing, it is a new moment. Our bodies deserve the same care and attention that we give to our gardens, our hobbies, crafts, work, it is ours.
When we invest in ourselves, in having a facial, a massage, a skin and body treatment, we are looking after ourselves, the part of us that often is taken for granted until it nudges and pushes back at us.
PL Precept# 20 Live Maintaining Equilibrium between Mind and Matter
Having a quiet interlude, enjoying the moment, was a re-energizing experience. I had booked a full hour of body massage after the facial, needless to say, my mind took itself to exactly where it wanted to be…. my smile was a mile wide… total immersion in a happy reverie is good for the soul, you really should try it.
Namaste – Oyashikiri
ps. am I still smiling, you betcha!