"I understand. Do you meditate?"
"Not really a meditater."
We proceeded to talk about ritual, spending time in green places, a plethora of book resources...
Who doesn't want to feel more connected? More a part of Life, The Universe and Everything? Tapped in, switched on and turned up to the world around them? To have their spider senses tingling with the sensation of being joyfully linked into the web of Consciousness?
Well I failed this person as I completely forgot about this INCREDIBLE and easy exercise to get plugged in, in contact and grounded in the magick of the mundane. It doesn't require hours of sitting on crystalline sand in solitude or the supervision of a guru-- only paper and pen.
It's a creative writing exercise I picked up in college.
Before you roll your eyes and refresh facebook, know that I've used this trick to create prayers, rituals, poems, meditations and the seeds for every song I've ever written as well as a meditative medicine on it's own.
It goes like this:
1) Take your body to a place you can sit. This place can be public or private.
2) Take a moment to absorb your surroundings. Look around the coffee shop, forest or yurt you're in.
3) Write down your 5 Senses: Sight, Sound, Touch, Smell, Taste.
4) For each sense, write the following: two things you can physically sense and one thing you perceive or imagine but don't physically experience. (You could call this your sixth sense.) It might look something like this:
"The rumbling of feathers in the dryer.
The clacking of a broken shoe.
The wails of dryer sheet ghosts."
5) Repeat for ALL of the senses. See if you can perceive and collect more than three sensations.
The point of this little poetry project is twofold: to simultaneously ground the body in mindfulness and sensuality while also exploring your environment with your creative feelers.
Try this in different settings, mentally run through the exercise while walking to the bus, investigate everything and notice how alert, coherent, grounded and inspired you feel.
How do you get connected?