Life is a whirlwind. A short whirlwind…and sometimes we blaze through the magic of it so set on our next destination, caught up in the frenzy of living, that we miss the deliriously beautiful details of the journey…and let us assure you, the magic IS in the details…
One of our on-going self care lessons here at Beauty Coach is to gently remind our brains to be as present as possible, to still react with childlike wonder to what many adults pass by without a glance.
“Ralph Waldo Emerson once asked what we would do if the stars only came out once every thousand years. No one would sleep that night, of course. The world would become religious overnight. We would be ecstatic, delirious, made rapturous by the glory of God. Instead the stars come out every night, and we watch television.” – Paul Hawken
So what’s the trick? Do we all need to run to the Dali Lama to see if he can discipline our minds to look with wonder at that which is before us? Well, we’ve never met the Dali Lama (although we hear excellent things), but we do have a little trick up our stylish sleeves, and since it’s a goal of ours to help you be the most flourishing version of self, we’re going to share one of our favorite daily practices. It’s called the five senses exercise, and it gives you a marvelous sense of place, presence and peace…anywhere, anytime.
Here’s the how to…
Take a moment to center yourself. Inhale and exhale a few deep, purposeful breaths. When you feel your heartbeat slow and the rhythm of your breathing even out, tune into your immediate space. When you’re ready, describe in detail what you see, smell, feel, hear and taste. The more you do this exercise the more your mind will start to notice the intricate details of the marvelous world around you.
You can use this technique on a daily basis whenever you want to check back in with the present moment and feel more grounded. Do it at work (maybe silently to yourself so you don’t scare the person next to you), on the beach (in a soft whisper so you can hear the nature around you), while driving with the music playing and the windows down (now you can yell it!)…anywhere.
Here’s our example from a morning hike in Malibu…
See: The softened color palate from the foggy morning air, the yellow mustard flowers and the vibrant green grass covered in dew.
Smell: The wet earth, sage and briny sea spray from the waves.
Feel: Tiny raindrops on the skin, noticing their coolness and the way they linger on the lashes and soft skin of the lips.
Hear: Gentle rain hitting leaves, waves breaking on the sand in the distance and a lone bird announcing morning with its melodic chirps.
Taste: A heavy damp air laden with the fragrance of summer blooms and salty sea.
Sometimes you need a little help to settle down and settle into a calm and relaxed state. Enter our secret weapon: essential oils. Two of our favorites are clary sage, excellent for calming anxiety and metal fatigue and rosemary, a wonderful memory aid.
Now you try it…see, feel, hear, smell, taste.
It’s like an internal reset button. It slows you down and helps you focus. Give it a whirl…The Dali Lama would be proud…and so are we!
The Beauty Coach Team