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Common Senses

Back muscles ache.

Hunger pangs.

A stuffed, bloated

Tummy, eating

Feelings of hurt, loss, grief.

Mind busy blathering

Thoughts Distract

From wobbly knees,

Heat of a cracked heart.

Cool breath inhale

Hot puff anger exhale

Fingers touching

Soft skin, a beloved pet’s fur,

A fuzzy blanket.

Contracted toes

Relaxed face. 

Full bladder

Urge To pee. Thirsty.

Feet bare in the sand,

Dirt, hot pavement,

Walking on top of trash,

Pieces of glass,

A plastic child’s toy,

Warm, squishy mud

A lake bottom,

Wet ankles.

A wisp of hair dances

Near the corner of a

Teary eye,

A cool wind blows

Creating goosebumps

On arms.

Staring with awe

A breathtaking sunset.

Salivating with

Thoughts of eating

Savory, sweet, creamy,

Crunchy, piping hot

Indian, Mexican,

Thai, Indonesian

French,

Dutch

Root Beer Float

Cuisine.

An accidental cut

Skin stings

Bleeds blood red

Invisible oxygen

Penetrates

Previously

Blue

Veined life

Energy.

Scent of fear.

Tingles of excitement.

Flush of embarrassment.

Tickle of laughter.

Pounding heart.

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Laura Staley
Laura Staleyhttp://www.cherishyourworld.com
The founder of Cherish Your World, Laura Staley passionately helps people thrive by guiding them to a holistic transformation of space, heart, mind, body, and soul. Laura knows that there’s a relationship between the conditions of our homes or workplaces and the quality of our lives. Trained and certified with the Western School of Feng Shui and seasoned by almost two decades of working with a variety of clients, Laura uses her intuition and expertise to empower her clients to produce remarkable results in their lives. Her trifecta of serving people includes speaking, writing, and compassionate listening. As a columnist, Laura writes personal essays focused on self-discovery, feng shui, emotional health, and transformations from the inside out. Laura is the published author of three books: Live Inspired, Let Go Courageously and Live with Love: Transform Your Life with Feng Shui, and the Cherish Your World Gift Book of 100 Tips to Enhance Your Home and Life. Prior to creating her company, Laura worked as a fulltime parent and an assistant professor at Ohio Wesleyan University. She earned a Ph.D. in political science from The Ohio State University. Her joys in life include laughing with loved ones, dancing, reading, meditating, running, being in nature, and listening to music she loves. She resides in Black Mountain, NC with lovable dog, Layla. Laura is a contributing author to the inspiring book Crappy to Happy: Sacred Stories of Transformational Joy

5 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you so much, Simon. I continue to ponder the places and spaces that we share in common as human beings-as multifaceted, multidimensional, complicated, breathing humans-because we can connect in those places we find our humanity, compassion, more sane ways of being together-in kindness and empathy. If I know what if feels like to be hungry-maybe I can get a glimmer of being famished…If I’ve lost someone to death, I can sense that deep loss another person is experiencing in their heart and soul-alongside the joyous celebrations too!! I appreciate your thoughts, reflections, and kindness, Simon.

  2. Dear Laura,

    Your words deliver a scary, but realistic feeling/experience. I was reading them just now and they really did attach to my senses. Judging from the Linkedin comments, there is more resonance with women; but anyone who is sensitive to human emotions and feelings will relate to those words. Very special, Laura.
    Simon

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