I’m participating in a 30 Day Living Mindfully Blog Challenge. This is my day 24 entry.
How does pleasure show up for you today? What does it feel like?
I used to buy into the notion that pleasure can be derived only from big, grand places and things: expensive handbags, Michelin starred restaurants, faraway exotic locations, high end clothes from Paris runways, hobnobbing with society types and the like.
Lately I’ve been finding enormous pleasure from everyday, ordinary things. And it’s not a case of settling for cheaper alternatives or compromising high quality for less expensive stuff, either. I am genuinely happy and content with the regular, mundane stuff. Perhaps it’s a symptom of my dormant lola (grandma) tendencies, but growing old has made me realize that I truly don’t give a rat’s a** about trends and the latest fashionable bling bling anymore. And what a relief it has been! Loshang na kung loshang! haha!
A few things that give me pleasure:
- home massages
- the sound of my toddler’s giggle
- post-swimming high
- the smell of freshly brewed coffee
- the anticipation of having chocolate burst in my mouth as I bite into a Coco Loco J Co donut
- silly celebrity memes
- quiet walks with the husband
- chit chatting my toddler after reading a bedtime story
- hearing my toddler say, “I love you to the moon/sun/rain/mountain/rock/etc. and back”
- the sound of waves crashing by the seashore
- expecting heavy traffic, and not going through any
- a cat’s purr
- the first time a baby turns over (or any baby first, for that matter)
- watching my toddler being completely absorbed in watching the “makahiya” plant
- cold, fluffy pillows in scorching weather
- long hot showers
- the smell of Ilog Maria face oil
- (calligraphy nerd alert) writing on 100 GSM paper
- (more calligraphy stuff – sorry) Brause EF66 nib
- salmon sashimi at Kenji Tei Ramen House
What are your pleasure-makers, friends?