16171905086_05bfef0558_oAsk yourself, “What am I feeling right now?”

Do you find that you derive intense pleasure from commonplace activities and simple indulgences?  A sensual mood, you know, when you feel bliss in a given moment and you are compelled  to seek out delights in the form of gourmet foods, soul-stirring music, beautiful artwork, maybe romance or simply find yourself in the stillness, being beautifully self absorbed.  As you treat your senses to a day of richness and diversity, you will likely discover that enjoying life is often a matter of making the most of simple luxuries. I am amazed at how just the thought of something I love to do or a memory that makes me smile and feel loved and supported, becomes instantly real.  Real in the form of true feelings. Think about it.  It’s snowy and cold outside and we tend to bring that inside with us, true?  I found myself embracing this simple memory and feeling high on life while reveling in the crispness of freshly brewed iced tea and taking in the scent of sweet grass warmed by the steamy summer sun.

This can be a wonderful time to examine the manner in which you have approached life up until this point. We are still in January and those “Intentions” that you set for new beginnings are still fresh. Consider, today,the best time to begin,  that you may be denying yourself a host of uncomplicated pleasures, completely free of charge if I might add; because you erroneously believe that they are incompatible with your busy lifestyle.

The work that I do on a daily basis is my passion, my calling, I believe. This work, however, is very demanding and fills a long day. As fulfilling as it is to me, I must rejuvenate my body and soul and find clarity of mind each and every day. I am a Spiritual Care Advisor for my patients and their families who are in my Hospice Care with Hospice Advantage. I am a midwife if you will, helping people birth their way to the other side. I help them move through the door and take the hands of those reaching out to guide them on this wonderful journey and adventure that awaits them.  My days are exhilarating and exhausting and ultimately, so gratifying all at the same time, as I am witness to this transition; this birthing process out of this world; as well as receiving the gift of seeing the families embrace the journey and release the fears that once existed within them.  It is an honor to be inside of this for them and move through it ever so gently with them as I embrace the trust that they have instilled in my Team and in myself to be this liaison for them.

I have found, however, that I must take, not find, but take the time to breathe, get still and feel my physical body and hear the song of my soul on a daily basis, often several times a day, if only for a few minutes.  This allows me to reconnect to my inner peace.  As a Transformation Coach, I encourage and coach this to my Team of amazing hospice caregivers as well.

Enjoying rather than shunning the sensual pleasures life can provide u, offers the assurance that our existence is a varied and rich one. The swift pace of the modern world often compels us to give up delight in order to embrace convenience, prompting us to question the value of life itself.

Visceral  pleasures that tantalize the senses and awaken the soul add value to your existence. In order to achieve balance, it is vital that you indulge in the healthy pursuit of pleasure—whether culinary, romantic, meditation, connecting to Mother Earth or anything that turns your crank—and do this as often as you deny yourself in the name of pragmatism. You’ll experience a diverse range of joys and discover that the world can be and truly is a  wonderful place. Your life will take on a new sumptuousness today when you indulge in sensual yet simple pleasures.

So find your Bliss and move towards that and doors will open for you that are meant for only you. Move towards that which “Feels” good!

Be well my friends and Namaste to you,

Debbie