I was reading an article this week about practicing pleasure and its physiological impact on the human body. One particularly interesting part is that pleasure and distraction are not the same. “Ah,” said I.
We won’t talk about how stressed we are. We fill our lives too full, we don’t say “no” graciously, we don’t know how to be anything other than stressed or distracted it seems. Then we wonder why we can’t handle it all, we’re aren’t feeling well, we can’t sleep, we get sick. Any of this apply to you?
What do you do that brings you pleasure? Something that isn’t electronics based such as computer anything/TV/movies. Got anything?
I enjoy making things in the kitchen. Fermenting foods, making cheese, piddling around. I also enjoy gardening time of a certain type. Planting a thing or two, walking about to see what is blooming with a cup of coffee in hand, watering with a hose or washing off the front step with it. These things bring me pleasure.
If it is an “ought to” or feels like a chore, not so much. Oh, I might want the outcome enough to do the thing but I wouldn’t classify the getting there as pleasurable.
Maybe you like to walk for pleasure, fish for pleasure, listen to music for pleasure, get a massage for pleasure, sit silently for pleasure. I’d love to hear what you are doing for pleasure.
An easy, no-cost, you-can-do-it-today pleasure is the daydreaming challenge from last week. I posted it on my Facebook page, too. If your daydreaming isn’t an attractive, joyful few minutes of your day, change it. Change it to pleasurable, change it to a place you want to be at–yes, if only in your mind. If you’ll experience the emotion as if it were actually happening, you’ll amplify your good outcomes.