A month or so ago, on one of those buzz feed quizzes I got sucked into in a moment of weakness, I was asked the question "Do you look at the sky when you feel happy or sad?" I suppose it was just the sort of question to find out what you default to if you don't know the answer-I chose happy- but I've been thinking and thinking about it. I haven't come to any sort of answer-but I did notice that I can't help looking at the sky without taking a deep breath. (I also tend to wonder if this is the day that something will happen that will change everything forever-not in a worried way, just a curious one-I've noticed I think that when looking at the sky. That's normal, right?)
That led me into thinking about what else there is in the world that has the same lovely deep breath effect. What things are there in the world that can't help but relax me? (I think I had 20 minutes alone in the car or something-generally seems to be the only time I have time to think along rabbit trails).
I've tried to think of something for each of the five senses.
Sight: The sky-clear or stormy, blue or gray, it's so nice and big and naturally calming and I would say "centering" except that sounds so blegh and barfy. But the sky reminds you that you are so very small, which is as it should be.
Sound: Arvo Part-Spiegel im Spiegel
I play it in the kitchen when things threaten to overwhelm me, and it always helps. I know it's strange and so minimalist, but I love it. It helps me to breathe just like the sky.
Taste: I feel silly-but I honestly think a grape sno cone! I think about eating a grape sno cone, and I know with the first bite there's a nice deep relaxing breath. I don't think I could be stressed while eating that.
Touch: I had a hard time thinking of this one at first-for the kiddos I think their blankies do the trick, and I do love my bear Zaca, but it didn't seem quite right. Then I thought of water. Swimming in the summer and baths in the winter. When I can get myself into water everything gets better.
Smell: This one was the hardest, perhaps because I don't smell so well. But I think rain, or lilacs in the Spring, or when the corn is pollinating. I think it's the corn. I know there's a farm smell sometime that makes me feel very happy and alive.
So what about you? I really enjoyed this little game-and I'm so curious about what other people think!