The Physical Experience of Not-Stress

I am sure you know what stress feels like in your body. You wouldn’t need this course if you didn’t. For just a moment, bring that knowledge into your awareness. Imagine yourself stressed. What do you notice in your body?

Move your body to release that stress. You may find shaking is effective. Personally, I prefer to squirm.

Now, imagine what your body feels like when it is the opposite of stressed. Do you have a word for that feeling? English doesn’t have a uniformly accepted word for that feeling. In InterPlay, that feeling is called grace. It is a physical sensation in your body. Take a moment to imagine that feeling and notice how it feels for you.

Every body comes to grace in its own way. What works for you is not the same as any other body. There is no guru who can accurately tell you what you should do to create grace in your body. You must notice the feelings in your body and become aware of what your grace-triggers are.

And, once you know what those triggers are, you can start making choices that incorporate your knowledge.

For example, I have discovered that the smell of citrus in the morning pulls me out of my not-enough-sleep-but-the-alarm-went-off-and-I-can’t-ignore-it fog and helps me start my morning with more grace. So, when I am shopping for soap to use in my morning shower, I try to buy soap with some citrus in it. And I stock up when one I like goes on sale. I don’t bother to shop for a soap my husband and I will both like. He buys his soap and I by mine, because we each know our own senses best. It is a little thing, but it makes a difference.

Granted, a citrus-scented soap isn’t two weeks in Hawaii without the kids, but I can’t get to Hawaii and I can have the soap every day if I want.

By paying attention to the things that create grace for you, you will become aware of what little shifts you can make.