Dear Holy Angels Community,
Hi Everyone, this is Mrs. Jenn. Hope everyone is doing well! I am wondering WHAT is everyone feeling? That’s right, I asked “WHAT”, which might sound a bit strange, let me explain. Have you ever heard the saying, “Don’t take things for granted”, or “You don’t appreciate what you have until it’s gone”? Now, think about your 5 senses: SIGHT, TOUCH, HEAR, SMELL AND TASTE.
Are you aware that your sense play a role in everything you do? Chances are that you are not because we are constantly on the “go” and adapting to new circumstances. Who has the time to truly be aware and focus on what you’re doing, what it looks like, what it feels like, what sounds it makes, what it smells like and even tastes like? This is a deeper connection than “I love the taste of strawberry ice cream” or “It feels so good to just take a drive”. Some questions we might want to think about are:
- What does the ice cream look like?
- Solid, mushy, pink, red hints of stringy strawberry pieces?
- What does it feel like?
- Wet, cold, sticky, clumpy from the strawberries, hard from the strawberry seeds?
- What does it sound like?
- Droplets falling on the floor from melting, soundless?
- What does it smell like?
- Strawberry, fresh, soft scented?
- What does it taste like?
- Light, creamy, cold at first then gets liquidy in the mouth, sweet but slightly tart?
Chances are when a person has ice cream, they are not as mindful or aware of the ways your senses impact the experience. Also, our senses have memories so how might that impact your experiences in life?
What was just described above is called GROUNDING. To be “grounded”, refers to a state of mental awareness, where you are fully present in the here and now. This can be a helpful tool to be mentally and emotionally present. It can also help manage tasks and stressors, giving yourself a moment to “get yourself together”. I, sometimes, would say to myself, “Let’s see how many tasks I can complete at once”. I was proud of my multi-tasking abilities because I completed the tasks at hand, but the only feelings that were experienced were chaos, stress, and worry about what needs to be done next. Grounding techniques give you the opportunity to feel more than “ok, what’s next”. It allows you to be a part of the experience you are having in every sense and remain within a peaceful state!
Give yourself the chance to be grounded with your 5 senses.
With love and Care,