Challenges in life are inevitable. How we handle those challenges is what determines our happiness.
Life is HEAVY. We are STRONG.
Life is HEAVY. We are STRONG.
I learned early in life that sensory pleasure is a good coping tool for me. From curling up in a cozy blanket and watching a movie to lighting a candle and drawing a bath, there are so many ways to satisfy my senses. So many attainable and simple actions I can take to access wanted emotions. Our senses are our superpower.
One of the few loves I kept with me from my old life is showering. Showers have always been therapeutic to me. A place of peace and relaxation. Sensory saturation. While still a comfort, showers serve me differently now.
Old Lindsay used showers as a coping mechanism. A place to cry where no one could hear. A temporary escape from my feelings. Drowning I could turn off with a knob. A place where I didn’t have to be anyone or do anything. I could feel how I felt and express it without intrusions. Old Lindsay took sit-on-the-floor-and-cry showers, and that was what she needed.
New Lindsay doesn’t sulk long enough for that same shower fix. Now a shower is pure joy. The heat blending with the smells of my favorite soaps and shampoos. Inhaling soft steam while it tingles my skin. I surrender to the flood of water pouring down my body. Letting my worries wash away because I know I have the power to do so. Lindsay today gets excited about showering. I look forward to feeling good. Plus, the shower is also a great place to think up new blog posts. ;)
When it comes to my senses, I prioritize indulging. Furry socks, poofy blankets, Sherpa sweatshirts. I appreciate feeling cozy. When there’s a choice to please my senses, I take it.
Visually, I search for what feels vibrant. Sunsets and sunrises bring out a unique warmth. Beaming at my surroundings. Waves, mountains, clouds. New places and aesthetics bring me so much joy. Photography is my way of holding onto each of these moments. I go out and experience these visual highs and then I create my own.
Lavender, vanilla, nutmeg. I’m the girl who always has candles going. Who breathes in deep when walking through an active kitchen. I smell my lavender chai latte before that first sip, and each sip after. I go out of my way to walk by a garden, making sure to stop and take a moment with the jasmine. Scents have a way of stopping time. Pulling you into a memory or a fantasy. Captured serenity.
If you have been following along with my blog for a while, you already know I’m a foodie. One of my very favorite hobbies is trying new foods. If you’ve ever sat down with me for a meal, you know just how much I appreciate a good bite. Dramatically. Taste is another area I love to explore. I not only make time to properly enjoy my meals, but with intuitive eating, I never feel guilty about what I eat.
Using my senses allows me to slow down my surroundings. Relax my busy mind, and mouth if I’m being honest. My senses make room for meditation, easily accessible wherever I go. Whether I’m showering or simply stopping to smell the flowers, I actively choose to give in to my senses. To unlock my superpower and create more moments of joy.
Lindsay Greenberg, providing perspective on how to live a magical life.