Sitting at my local cafe these days, I overhear a lot of conversations about cholesterol levels, ‘good’ and ‘bad’ foods, blood tests, warnings of impending doom, and people practicing various acts of deprivation. Whether it’s being stingy with money or food or activities, or with just feeling good.
So many have lost touch with the sensual nature of life. There is so much concern about living longer but for what? At the expense of enjoying the simple pleasures right in front of them?
I’m not one to reminisce, but I found myself journeying back to 1972, when my father sent me to Greece as a college graduation gift. I spent three months in the tiny villages on the Ionian island of Kefalonia, my father’s homeland. The first thing I noticed was the ever-present sweet aroma of chamomile, which grew wild in the mountains there.
The Greeks seemed to celebrate life. There was a whole lot of eating (of rich, cream-filled, cholesterol filled fare), drinking (ouzo, retsina, and turkish coffee) and smoking (a domestic dark pure tobacco was widely enjoyed.) And this went on all day and well into the evenings.
Continue reading the post while enjoying my cousin Andreas playing his harmonica. I am accompanying him on guitar.
We would eat supper fairly late, often around 9 or 10 pm. If we weren’t cooking at home, we sat outdoors at tavernas, by the sea, and enjoyed local musicians while dining. Afterward we would stroll the marketplace and have ice cream made from goat’s or sheep’s milk.
Meals were more a ceremony than just refueling. It brought people together and was a time of relaxation. Most shops were closed down in the afternoons for siesta or as the Greeks referred to it, mesimerianós ýpnos.
I also enjoyed time in Athens. I loved its pulse. I would take busses every day to different parts of the city, and always seemed to get lost because of the layout of the streets and the impossible to read street signs. Traffic was congested most of the time, drivers cursing one another from their vehicles. Little attention was paid to speed limits. There was pollution, primarily from cars, and walking down the street could be treacherous. Drivers thought nothing of passing other cars by barreling onto the sidewalks. And as a woman tourist, walking down the busy streets of the city was precarious, what with the ogling, goosing and hair pulling by the menfolk.
The family I stayed with couldn’t understand why I was not taking one of them with me during the day as an escort. (American women especially were targeted with sexual advances, the men believing we were ‘promiscuous’). But, in spite of the street harassment, I simply enjoyed traveling solo, at least during the day. Besides, I was always able to handle myself, even in the most offensive situations.
The people I stayed with couldn’t speak English so it was a great opportunity to learn Greek.
I was in my glory. I was carefree, and I just took it all in, the sights, smells, and sounds of life in a place where people seemed to live it with gusto. Even the bout of dysentery (should have stuck to bottled water) I got while staying at an empty monastery in Komotini. There was a sweetness in the way the locals nurtured me back to health by visiting me daily and feeding me chamomile tea and home-made yoghurt. (Great for rebalancing the stomach flora).
So potential risks aside, being in Greece was a sensual experience.
Those of us going through the Light Body Process are probably drawn to different foods and activities than before, but we are coming to realize the purpose of this whole integration process. That purpose is to activate a true joy, with our soul, for the tastes, smells, sounds, and sights of life here on this planet. To live more of a fearless life. To live with gusto.
And that desire goes a long way in assisting our bodies to recalibrate and integrate and rebalance. So for those of us who have given permission for the Light Body Process, we can look forward to reconnecting with life, enjoying the sensual qualities of life, but in a healthy body. We deserve it.
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