I know what I’m going to say is probably going to sound crazy and unrealistic, but please go with me.I know life presents us with an endless stream of commitments that doesn’t always leave much room for hedonism and fun.
But I did have this zany idea…
What if, for a whole month, we only did those things that gave us bliss?
Instantly, a chill went down my spine. A concept of a month of pleasure.
This means really questioning a commitment before you just dive in:
– do I have to do it at all?
– what would I rather be doing?
– what would be the flow on effect of this activity in my life?This last question is vital.Because the mind can get all hatey and be like ‘boo! A month of pleasure is just about eating cake and lying on the couch for weeks – no thanks!’. Or worse, ‘Pleasure! Pah, you wish! I have two little kids to feed and a business to run. Go take this silly idea to people who have nothing better to do. A month of pleasure my bottom..!’But to your spirit, nothing could be further from the truth.
When I drive, I listen to more new Spotify playlists and take a lovelier route where possible. I don’t rush anywhere anymore… and when I order that divine meal I want, I eat it slowly. I love being outdoors, so when I write, I do so outside, in parks and on the beach.
Life is nice, my mood is better. When I’m with others I’m focused on the moment and on my body. Nothing else.
So this last week has just been a practice round – for the month of March, why don’t we try it all together?
Here is my pleasure list is below for your perusal.
2. Blue sea waters and skies
3. Sunrise on the beach
8. Getting glammed up
15. Talking to people about their love lives (always!)