The root of mindfulness in a creative practice, in my mind, is in sensory awareness. For the next five days, I will focus on body awareness. While body awareness is rooted in many of the senses I have already covered, I think it is most often captured through touch. As someone who often lives in her head, this is the most challenging sense to articulate.
This year, I have written a lot about my legs. To be fair, they have been a central part of my last year. I dislocated my left knee last July while on vacation, rehabbed the knee through the fall and early winter, had knee surgery in December, and rehabbed the knee again through the winter and spring. Now, I am on the other side of the experience. I have working legs again, after a lot of effort.
For today’s exercise, I will be focusing on my legs (again), but I want to add an extra layer of direction. I have to write (or create) a praise song to my legs. I cannot write about pain, weakness, or deficiency. I have to somehow express my renewed sense of strength in my legs. I think, for me, that’s a step towards accepting my legs in their new state.