I love this book! Care of the Soul in Everyday Life by Thomas Moore.
He writes, “Each organ of the body has its own private life and you might say, personality, that takes pleasure in its activities. Like if my colon is unhappy, and if I could attend to its complaint I might begin to understand what was making it uneasy, or, so to speak, ‘dis-easy.'”
What got me was this deeper insight that organs take pleasure in their activities. Of course they do, our organs are much more than mere mechanical pumps and filters. Seeing the heart only as a mechanical pump or as a muscle is extremely narrow and this kind of thinking would contribute greatly to heart disease. We must address matters of the heart and also seek out what brings us pleasure; what fires up our organs!
This leads to a great question:
What is it that brings us pleasure?
How about being more mindful around what lights us up and bring us pleasure?
I just asked myself this question and it prompted me to action. I find massages to be deeply relaxing, I also love to bike ride and go kayaking. So I’m making sure that I’m fitting these three activities into my schedule.
Shannon decided to join a softball team to enjoy playing on a sports team, which she loves to do but hasn’t in years.
How about you? We would love to hear about what pleases you in life!