In honor of the upcoming Chinese New Year which begins on February 8, 2016, I’m dedicating the 2016 Mandala of the Year to the Monkey. Each month we’ll explore a trait or symbol of the monkey which we can then incorporate it into our own lives.
For Section 2 we look at the monkey energy of sense of touch.
From sleeknub on YouTube.com (just inside the southern gate of Angkor Thom in Cambodia, where around 25 monkeys were relaxing and eating grass… The high pitched sound in the background is produced by cicadas)
From an article in the Huffington Post:
Often ignored when we talk about our fundamental senses, the sensation of touch is a fundamental part of our daily experience, influencing what we buy, who we love and even how we heal. We use this sense to gather information about our surroundings and as a means of establishing trust and social bonds with other people.
From Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart and Mind by Dr. David Linden
In both kids and adults, touch is the glue that makes social bonds
This month’s section encourages us to explore and reacquaint ourselves with our sense of touch. As we go about our day notice what things feel like against our skin, body, fingers, face, under our feet as we walk, under our “bottoms” as we sit. Notice things like texture, temperature, weight, firmness/softness.
Along with “things” notice our sense of touch as we come into contact with other people: handshakes, hugs, bumping in them or they into us. As we touch, notice what it physically feels like: soft, gentle, firm, rough, meek, assured, warm, cold. Also notice how it feels emotionally: inviting, awkward, warm, icky, safe, comfortable, fearful, loving.
The more in “touch” we are with our sense of touch, the more in tune we become with our interactions between our bodies/inner selves and our outside world.
Ponder the sense of touch while coloring this month’s section of the 2016 Mandala of the Year.
The Mandala lady
Be sure to download/color the February 2016 Mandala of the Month.