As a second level sophrology student my experience of life has now become a beautiful journey of self-realization, with an ever growing discovery and inquisitive enquiry of my thoughts, my body, muscles, cells and my five senses ….actually I would like to add a sixth sense here which I call ‘balance’ due to the natural force of gravity I can feel that keeps me grounded yet not restricted.
While this journey has been one of self-realization it has simultaneously been one of deep gratitude for the intimate and uncensored sharing that we have as a sophrology student group, during this second level it seems that we are all so true to our individual feelings and have no inhibitions of expressing ourselves by sharing them lovingly and openly with each other, which in its own special way I believe helps each of us grow and see things from a different perspective, sometimes even receiving a healing in the form of listening to an experience one of the group members has had that resonates with a similar experience we have had.
To truly embrace my five senses has been an exquisite sensual sensory experience, here I would like to offer an explanation in the form of examples of the daily rituals we all do:
When I brush my teeth – I no longer just plonk some toothpaste onto my toothbrush, brush the pearly whites and rinse out my mouth ready to face the day,
When I take a shower – I no longer quickly turn on the water, jump in and lather up my facecloth to wash my body or dollop shampoo into my hand to turn my hair into a froth of bubbles to make sure it’s clean,
When I get dressed – I no longer simply choose and take clothes out the cupboard to cover my body for any given occasion or day-to-day event,
Before, during and after everything I do for each of these daily rituals, I now allow myself the time to notice and experience the ‘little things’, that are mostly taken for granted as is the nature of a habit, the whole orchestra of movements needed to do what has become a deeply engrained daily practise.
I find myself appreciating each experience of how things look, sound, feel, smell and taste, as well as how my body feels and responds to each of these sensory moments, the muscles used and needed to perform each action without any conscious direction from me…. Then becoming aware of the little things from the smell and taste of the toothpaste in my mouth, to the ‘buffet’ of sensations, fragrances and tastes of water, soap, shampoo, conditioner, fresh dry towel and clean clothes … as I go through my rituals and the day that follows has been rewarding and simultaneously created a deep level of awareness and respect for my whole biology and the use of all my five senses. I feel ALIVE like a child exploring the world!
A favorite part of the second level which has encouraged the child in me to come out to play, is practising free positive futurisations for goals and projects I have in mind. The most profound part of practising this is how my thoughts during these futurisations make me feel throughout my body during the exercise and long, long afterwards too. I am incredibly aware of how thoughts make an impact on how my body feels in relation to the world around me and also to people around me.
There are other changes that I have noticed about myself, after journeying through levels one and two of sophrology training which I would like to share here too, these are:
1. Frequent attacks of spontaneous smiling.
2. Deep feelings of being connected with others and nature.
3. Growing curiosity about the intricacy of my biology, mind and soul
4. Frequent overwhelming episodes of appreciation.
5. A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than from fears based on past experience.
6. An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment as it presents itself to me.
7. A loss of ability to worry unnecessarily.
8. A loss of interest in conflict.
9. A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.
10. A loss of interest in judging myself or others.
11. Gaining the ability to love without expecting anything.
12. A profoundly deep feeling of gratitude for life
13. Random tears from sheer love, joy and pleasure
During the period of both level one and level two, I have also discovered and learned so much about the way I perceive life and being in the world from different books that are on our reading list and some that I have explored on my own, from each I have drawn something useful in the moment. At the moment I am reading a light novel after immersing myself in the realms of philosophy, it is called “The Fifth Elephant –by Terry Pratchett” 😀
Life is love and Love is life !
Michele, Cape Town