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Enchanted Breaths Key 4: Sensory Experiences

Fleeting Time Robs You of Treasured Experiences

FLEETING TIME ROBS YOU OF TREASURED EXPERIENCES

Fleeting time is the focus of this week’s Enchanted Breath. How is it the first week of May already? I think maybe we aren’t having Tuesdays and Thursdays any more. It can’t be May. School just started a few months ago and already, we have arrived at the month of graduations.

We’re starting a new Enchanted Key #4-Sensory Experiences, also. So let’s breathe in the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and textures of life. Let’s make ourselves mindful of these things before rushing through life results in more fleeting time.

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SLOW THE TRAIN DOWN

This midweek Enchanted Breath can slow the train down so you can view the scenery. Step away from the activities in which you were just engaged. Allow a few minutes to release tension and focus your awareness.

Take a deep, purifying, and slow breath in. Exhale fully. Take another deep and cleansing breath, in, and release. Invite your body, mind, and spirit to let go of tension. Now picture someone that you’ve seen in the past few hours. Even if you were the one who bathed and dressed them, recall what they were wearing.

MINDFULLY PAY ATTENTION TO OTHERS

If you selected a co-worker, was he or she wearing jewelry? If so, what kind and color? How about hair and make-up? Did you notice it? Which side is the part on? Is there a part? Is there nail polish? If so, what color?

The more we can be present in our lives, the better. The more sensory-rich experiences we have, the more likely we will be to remember and be able to recall them.

TAKE NOTICE OF YOUR ENVIRONMENT

Open your eyes and right where you are, take in the visual picture around you. Is there a predominant color in the room? Is it messy or neat? What sounds are you aware of? Any scents in the air? Are they pleasing or not? How about tastes associated with the space you are in right now? Even if you aren’t eating or drinking them, can you look at them and recall what they taste like? How about the textures? Notice at least five different ones.

MAKE A PROMISE TO YOURSELF

Breathe in deeply again, and let go of your stress. Whisper a promise to yourself to be mindful of others, your own feelings, and the sensory experiences in your environment. Keep fleeting time at bay by being present so the Dragons don’t snatch the treasured moments of your life away from you.

Enchanted Breaths are the “ahh, the haha, and the aha! of life.”

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