Cherish and nourish

18 Oct 2021
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Perhaps you were thinking of giving up on something or the opposite, doing more and more? We humans try many things to numb or avoid or escape what we really need.

Instead – how about finding ways to nourish our souls with awe using our senses.

How about:


1. Look – view our marvellous wonderful world, give your eyes a treat – a view, a tree, or meadow or garden, the stars at night. Try viewing it from a different angle – zoom in or out, or what about looking at the world upside down!!! Laughter is to be encouraged – you’re doing it right.

2. Taste – something different? Something new? Try a new recipe or new fruit/vegetable/spice/herb. Doesn’t matter if you don’t like it – you have tried it and have your own view of what it tastes like. Sometimes we need to try things more than once (though I still can’t say I love olives yet, despite many trials!). Savour your food for longer – keep on chewing (and chewing).

3. Listen – to music that makes your heart soar. Stravinsky? Stormzy? Steps? – it doesn’t matter what. Try a podcast – lots to choose from, something funny? Enlightening? Entertaining? Educational? Inspiring? Or listen to a friend or colleague – really listen, don’t interrupt, let them talk.

4. Feel – water over your skin – hot/cold, as you shower or wash up. Stroke your pet/child/partner, feel the grass under your bare feet, sand between your toes. Tap a rhythm on anything – it doesn’t matter what, a pan or table or your leg. Skip, balance on one leg, bounce on a trampoline. Feel – you are alive.

5. Smell – savour the smell of your food, including as you are cooking or preparing it, the new jar of coffee etc before you devour it. Smell the roses or lavender or freshly cut grass, notice the smell of your shampoo/shower gel or bubble bath. And who doesn’t love the smell of fresh bedding???

So, try some of these, refresh your soul, brighten your senses, let yourself feel awe at this marvellous world we live in – move away from jaded to jaunty. Enjoy the deliciousness of life.

Plan some of these into your day – and also be prepared for them to surprise you too. You have permission to take a moment and enjoy life.

Anne-Marie

A Moodscope member.

A Moodscope member.

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Comments

Hugo

Oct. 19, 2021, 5:48 a.m.

I think what you clearly have described there is living in the moment. Hard to master but very true to enjoy life more. You can’t live in the past as that’s gone and neither the future as that’s not happened, but live in the present as that is all we have. Thanks for the blog!

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Anne-Marie

Oct. 22, 2021, 7:39 a.m.

Thank you - it's a bit more than that as it is also deciding deliberately to do certain things - where your energy goes.

Sally

Oct. 19, 2021, 7:45 a.m.

What an interesting and nourishing piece. I like the fact that it gave me time to reflect on my many advantages in life at present, time being one of them ! Thank you, Anne-Marie, for writing this.

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Anne-Marie

Oct. 22, 2021, 7:39 a.m.

Thank you for your kind comment - so glad it was helpful

Sue

Oct. 19, 2021, 8:01 a.m.

Lovely blog Anne-Marie. I got to the listen section and decided I could do just that while working here so put some music on. Thank you for this and your other suggestions.

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Anne-Marie

Oct. 22, 2021, 7:40 a.m.

Lovely! Yes cherishing and nourishing ourselves is actually quite easy, but we have to DO it! Glad to hear that you did.

Teg

Oct. 19, 2021, 8:28 a.m.

Hi Anne-Marie This is inspirational stuff! Sometimes we become so engrossed in the complicated matter of mental health we forget about the simple things we can do to make our lives better. Your Post is a reminder to everyone to remember the basics. I love: 1. Being outside with nature. 2. Eating good tasty food but not olives! 3. Losing myself listening to my favourite music including Steps. Try "One moment in Time" by Donna Winner. Thanks for writing this Post.

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Anne-Marie

Oct. 22, 2021, 7:42 a.m.

I am so glad you liked it - I work with people in their recovery from mental illness and have my own severe lived experience so it is a culmination of things that matter!

The Gardener

Oct. 19, 2021, 10:35 a.m.

Very pertinent Anne-Marie. Listen??? Silence of my road here in France after 12 days under the flight path to Heathrow. Feel, hugging my great-grandson. Smell, the tropical rain forest smell (very evocative for me) in the glass houses at Wisley last week. After an intensive 12 days, and an uncomfortable journey back, I find my house more pleasing than I remembered, good seeing I am stuck with it. Noise, listening, more an escape. Windsor very noisy, and no hotel or bar do you not get bombarded with 'Muzak'. Rap with breakfast worst.

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The Gardener

Oct. 19, 2021, 10:35 a.m.

PS, Joyce Grenfell was fond of the word 'nourish' much wider scope that just being fed.

Anne-Marie

Oct. 22, 2021, 7:44 a.m.

Yes our senses are powerful and after a lot of shutting down, (for instance in deep depression) they need liberating in a positive way, and can then be part of our protection and prevention

Orangeblossom

Oct. 19, 2021, 11:24 a.m.

Thanks for writing your blog Anne-Marie. I have made a note of your points. I found it thoughtful & nourishing.

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Anne-Marie

Oct. 22, 2021, 7:44 a.m.

So glad you thought so - thank you

Valerie

Oct. 19, 2021, 12:30 p.m.

Hello Anne-Marie, I have spent the morning in the company of blind people.some from birth,some lost their sight quite suddenly as adults.A couple of them are now losing their hearing too,so I am again reminded to use my senses while I still have them.I hated olives as a child,but now I love them.Thank you for writing for us.x

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Anne-Marie

Oct. 22, 2021, 7:45 a.m.

I have still to overcome the olives, although some do seem better than others - creeping there?

Patty

Oct. 19, 2021, 1:33 p.m.

Hi, Valerie, I bet that really is a reminder to use your senses and appreciate them. How nice of you to spend time with those who ate blind. BTW - I do not like olives and never have. Lol.

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Valerie

Oct. 19, 2021, 1:39 p.m.

I don't know how they cope Patty.Of all the disabilities blindness must be the hardest to bear in my opinion.x

Anon

Oct. 19, 2021, 5:09 p.m.

This is a lovely blog, thank you so much

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Anne-Marie

Oct. 22, 2021, 7:46 a.m.

So glad you enjoyed it.

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