In my last post, I shared a recent list of favorites related to the sense of taste compiled during one of my mental list-making moments, a quiet, reflective routine I sometimes implement at bedtime to rid my mind of thoughts not conducive to peacefully falling asleep.
During yesterday’s healing art retreat at CHOMP, we spent the afternoon working on SoulCollage® cards, and I created three new cards (you can type SoulCollage® into the "Search This Blog" field to view all of my previous cards.) One of yesterday’s cards is “Warmth,” evoking thoughts of literal and figurative warmth - bundling up in something cozy and warm, warming up with a hot beverage, an inviting, warm welcome, the heartwarming energy of friendship and love. The furry image I selected for the background of this card reminded me of another recent mental list of favorites, this one emerging from tactile thoughts:Our cat Franki’s soft fur
A cozy scarf snuggled around my neck when there’s a chill in the airA “hug” from a sea urchin (when its spines gently grab a finger…as experienced during one of our daughter’s class field trips to the Monterey Bay Aquarium!)
Sand under bare feet, sunbaked or cooled by the surf
Squishy resistance when squeezing the bubbles on bubble wrap before they popMy husband’s hand holding mine with the perfect balance of gentleness and firmness, a simple, yet powerful touch communicating the significance of long-lasting love
A momentous memory of the very first time I felt the hair atop our daughter’s head at birth…that moment, that touch, her arrival into the world ingrained vividly in my memoryThere is much to experience with our sense of touch…