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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Day Five :: Sign (this is DeLancey's on 3rd; a banquet hall in Renton, WA since 1917)

Day Six :: Hat (my brother got a couple of hats for my little cowboys during a stop in Dallas, Texas--authentic!)

I will try to keep this brief because it's been a long day.  There's more that I want to say about the sign theme (Day 5's photo-a-day) and just "signs" in general, especially relating to the current journey that I'm on.  I've been meaning to write more about mindfulness and the senses, but I've been having trouble with focusing and staying in the moment.  Though, many signs are pointing me in the direction to slow down, stop, and settle in.  I'll talk more about these signs when I can give them more justice because I really want to share them.

In the meantime, I will jot a quick list a few of my senses today.  I miss doing this, and I think I've suffered the "what's next on the to-do list" syndrome.  So, let's see if I've been paying attention, shall we?  I was reading a great article from Leo Babauta's Zen Habits about journaling in bullet points, and I think that tonight will be one of those times: 

Sight: A huge heron quietly standing at the edge of the river by our library.
Sound: Mateo (my 9 y.o) telling me that seeing the heron was a special moment for us. 
Smell: My mom's home cooking of rice and bistek with potatoes.
Taste: A crisp glass of sauvignon blanc with dinner.
Touch: A monkey hug with Tomas (my 7 y.o) after a reset from scolding him for wanting to play video games before finishing his homework assignment.

I hope you had a good day.  Take some time to note your senses too.  What did you pay attention to today?  If it's hard to remember, just quiet your mind and see if they gently come to you.


  1. This post is beautiful Charmaine! I like that your photo-a-day project has daily themes btw. You'll have to tell me if that helps you. I'm finding it difficult to keep up with my 366 Project some days!

    Really love what you shared about journaling in bullet points and noting your senses. What a useful and calming exercise... I need to try it. Today I was rushing around so much I didn't *mindfully* pay attention to much I'm afraid, at least not how I would've liked. Good news is there's tomorrow ;)

  2. Thank you, Catherine! It's not too late if you want to join the one I'm following--fat mum slim. Just check out the badge on the right column. I do like her daily themes. So far, they have been fairly easy to gather. I don't know if I'll have time to do them every month (or every day), but we do what we can, right? :)

    Noting my senses of the day--or just a few over the course of the week--is definitely a calming exercise. You must try it! I would love to hear about your days. Are you currently in France? Then I especially would love to hear about them! :) Even if you recall just one of your senses, that's good enough. Some days that's all that I can remember--and it's ok:)

  3. Ahh, Catherine. I was just reading your flickr about your 366 project:) I think it's a great idea and I love how you noted Leap Year, hence, 366 days. Brilliant! Your collection is gorgeous. Keep it up--and if you miss some days, you're right, they're always tomorrow! :)

    1. Thank you Charmaine... I live near Washington, DC, but because my husband's entire family is still in France, we go often. One day we'll find our home base there...

      I'm taking better note of my senses today, thanks to you :) Bon week-end!

  4. I do a friday senses post, so I can remember what I am feeling, seeing, doing, week to week!

    I am loving the BYW 2.0 course, aren't you?

  5. Thanks for visiting, Elise. Great to meet you! I'm loving BYW 2.0 as well:) Learning a lot, and there is so much inspiration. I love how you have additional senses of making, wishing, and loving. What a great idea! I will have to continue to check it:) See you at BYW!

  6. I like your words about how to calm your mind and see if they come to you gently .. yes :-))
    you warm care of the children .. pleasantly

  7. Aw, thank you, Valentina. We have our good days;) As natural this gentleness is most of the time, some days it really takes mindfulness of my moods to stay in this serenity. You might relate?


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