SensesToday’s Word: ‘SENSES as in… revisiting Frederick Buechner’s challenge to live at just a bit deeper level:

“Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.”

This takes a bit of intentionality because we’re usually moving way to quickly to allow for such extravagances. Yet, our senses were given to us for a reason. In fact, they’ve sort of kept us alive in some instances. Listen. Look. Touch. Taste. Smell. Five windows into deeper, thriving lives. You may want to thank the One who gave them to you.

So try this: Taste your food. You can’t taste it if you don’t chew it. And sit down when you eat. And for crying out loud, don’t eat in your car.

Or this: When the garage door opens don’t hurry to your car, stand still and watch the curtain on the morning rise as the door opens and just look at the day. What do you see? Close your eyes for a moment and listen. What do you hear? Birds? Breeze? Cars? Take a deep breath. What do you smell? What do you taste? Be aware of where you are standing; think about where you are right now.

When we do these kinds of things we open ourselves up to thriving at a little bit deeper level. I’m pretty sure you didn’t do this yesterday, and today you did. See how great it is?


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