Loving Yourself ~ What is Ignatian Spirituality and both he and I believe you can't really have a Loving Self-Care Program, minus your 5 Sense Awarness. And in this life, "I Hope YOU Dance"
I want to be honest here when discussing Self-Care and Sensuality.
We hear a lot of discussion about creating Self-Care without Sensuality because it seems to bring out the idea of human sexuality which causes that our true human Sensual natures to suffer.
The problem is that Sensuality to Iranecus who was a saint by the way in his time, who suggested that human Self-Care, had to include Sensuality or awareness of one's 5 senses, or it wasn't Self-Care.
The reason why I believe most of us are not Sensual and live more fully from our 5 senses is because our vision combined with thought, tends to dominate all of our other 4 senses such as taste, touch, smell, and hearing.
For that reason, I believe that even animals are more aware of there 5 senses that we humans are. It's as if our huge brains, get in the way of our true self-care program. And we need Self-Care drastically to live as a full joyful existance as a human being. Anything short of that, to me is not true living.
Self-Care alone is like having the left hemisphere of the brain in action only. However, both the right and left hemisphers of the brain need to marry where Self-Care becomes the left side through practice and Sensuality or your Aliveness right side, need to be together, for human joy and happiness to exist. So that is why living from your 5 senses is so important.
Too often we look at Sensuality as if it is Sexuality, and we don't recognize there is a difference. In fact, Ignatian a 2nd Century Christian Leader and also mystic believed that you cannot experience God if a person, is not living within her 5 senses. It was to him that living a Sensual 5 senses life became a prayer itself. In fact, you can be sensual and be cellbate, Something that can baffle most Americans.
Somehow, with the rise of Puritanism and the Industrial Revolution against a Roman, sexuality backdrop, we have somehow, lost our senses,
We all have bodies so somehow, we have been given our bodies as Irenacus suggests with all 5 their senses to use and not leave stagnant, so we need to embrace them to become ALIVE and well.
What is Ignatian Spirituality
"The second-century saint Irenaeus said that “the glory of God is man [and woman] fully alive.” I love this idea and find that it always invites reflection. What does it mean to be fully alive? How well am I doing with that?
One thing I’ve learned is that a big part of being “fully alive” is paying attention. It’s being aware of God’s presence in the present moment, right where I already am. And I’ve found that a good way to cultivate this mindfulness is to pay attention to the five senses.
God speaks to us through what we see, hear, smell, touch, and taste. We know this intuitively, but to think about it consciously is a powerful form of prayer……
God meets us where we are, as humans living and breathing and moving in a tangible world, and the five senses are five entry points for God’s love to become known to us."
I found a neat website that I am adding here that sums up my total intension on become Sensual Beings, and it is also contained in the Country Song by Lee Ann Womack, "I Hope You Dance" which I believe that our sensuality becomes life's dance. And if we don't dance, we are not truly human.
Solitude, Sensuality and Self-Care
“There was my time to indulge the part of me that wanted to be seen and appreciated as a woman. I’d go about my beauty routines lavishly applying lotions and enjoying the softness of my skin, making eyes at myself. I’d have pretend conversations, smiling and flirting with some imaginary person, driving them crazy with my charm and mystery. Inevitably, at some point I’d turn on music and the private dancing would begin. Behind my closed bedroom door, I was a goddess, completely immersed in my own feminine energy.
While I would have been embarrassed to talk about these antics at the time, I realize now that this kind of indulgence is sacred and it’s incredibly self-soothing. Over time, I got away from myself and started relying on men for everything. To make me feel sexy, happy, interesting, appreciated, whole. There were times I literally begged men to make me feel important, to fix me when I felt broken and rescue me. I forgot how to appreciate my own attention and it took me a long time to return to myself.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the imagination of self-love and how healthy it is to be entertained by yourself. We need to explore all our layers and inspire ourselves and make stuff and dream. When we crave attention, we need to know how to feed that desire with our own details and the sustenance of our own care. So we don’t rely on others to give us what we should first give ourselves.
There is an undeniable connection between imagination and purpose. Whatever it is you find yourself visualizing and needing to express, there is a reason. However many women live inside of you, your imagination can reveal them. Don’t be inhibited with yourself.
I purposely remind myself daily that I am a sensual being, fully capable of pleasing myself. I take time to notice how I touch things and how I move. How I take care of myself and what makes me feel stimulated and alive. How I surround myself with inspiration. No matter what I’m doing, I enjoy my own company. I’m not waiting for someone to see me or fill me, I know how to do it on my own.
When we don’t give ourselves this attention, we can find ourselves doing unhealthy things to get some light from someone else. And oh my God, the things we do, the things we put ourselves through, rather than cultivating what we need to feed ourselves. Start there, in your own space, with an admitted desire for love and attention. Don’t be ashamed of it. Use your imagination to channel your magic and inhabit yourself fully.”
"I Hope You Dance" by Lee Ann Womack
I hope you never lose your sense of wonder
You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger
May you never take one single breath for granted
God forbid love ever leave you empty-handed
I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens
Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance
I hope you dance
I added the video of the song for you to listen to below.