Senses to Be Reclaimed and EnjoyedOctober 2, 2014

Today, I came to appreciate the five senses that we are given but sometimes take for granted.

Smells can evoke so many memories instantaneously, and tastes can invoke a wide range of emotions. There are many layers in the history of our sensory experience. I feel it is important to keep adding new layers of sentient memories as we strive to live in the present moment.

Our senses can be a tricky thing because I want to experience via my senses, but I do not want to be ruled by them. I do not want to crave and get caught in the pursuit of chasing anything in my life. It is as simple as this; I want to allow the flavors of my life to unfold with appreciation. This feels so different than letting the desire for a certain flavor, experience, or bow tie (I love neck wear) pull me in chaotic directions. Maybe the difference is claiming our experience via the senses and then letting it go vs. letting the senses drive us and holding tightly onto the past.

When we can claim our senses, we highlight certain aspects of our day through the sensory tools we are given to enrich our lives.

1) I thoroughly enjoyed my spontaneous date with my beau at a local restaurant called Senses to Be Reclaimed and EnjoyedAtwaters. Recently, our work schedules have been on opposite cycles, and we have less time together. But we took advantage of a canceled evening of work to go on an impromptu outing. It is important to revel in these pockets of time that get gifted to us from a sudden change in weather, circumstances or sick day. It is like the excitement of having a snow day as a child. Children never wonder what to do on a snow day. They jump into the snow and celebrate with intense play and ask for wonderful treats.

Our date involved a little romancing, delicious snacks, and word play together. The late night meal consisted of salad with watermelon and goat cheese, avocado grilled sandwich and a coconut cupcake with the best frosting ever. As an extra treat, when we ordered the decaf coffee, and they gave us the whole pot because it was close to closing time. The kindness of the staff has brought us back there many times.

2) I love snuggling with my Peanut, my 9-year-old Puggle, under the blankets. It is finally getting cold enough to be under the blankets together. She smells so nutty to me and her paws smell like corn tortillas. She has been with me through so much and consistently been a source of furry comfort. She lost her big brother Osiris, my Great Dane mutt, this year because of old age. Her life has always been in existence with him as he watched over her and even bullied her.

After he passed away, I noticed how hard it was for her to go to dog parks without him and sleep the whole night through. In life, we are lucky to find these furry guardians and companions that are with us for so long. Let us not forget to appreciate them while they are here with treats, long walks and snuggling.

3) I took my nephews to gaze at the large fish tank on display at the Barnes and Nobles by the waterfront. It is quite impressive in size and contains a large variety of plants and fish. My older nephew named the various fish as family members based on their looks and behavior. I was named after a neon tetra fish. Yeah! I enjoyed watching my almost two–year-old nephew claim that the whole fish tank was his and his only. He was fine sharing with his big brother but when a little girl approached the tank, kept shouting, “Mine, Mine!” while blocking her view.

The little girl’s mother was amused and told me that she remembered when her daughter went through that phase too. She was so gracious about it. It reminded me of how children first feel that they are one with their caregivers then realize that they are different and separate. Not too long after this individuation, they start claiming with boldness what is theirs. Sometimes they claim the whole world is theirs. I think we can all live with more of this kind of boldness and balanced with a giving heart.

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