The modern world can be a stressful place for those of us with the intense sensitivity that sensual overexcitability brings. We share a planet with more people and machines than ever before, and we spend less and less time in natural light.
On the other hand, those of us blessed with sensual OE can feel more intense pleasure in a single moment than our less sensitive friends might feel in a lifetime.
So let’s not take our gifts for granted. Let’s use our sensitivity by making time every day to enjoy simple pleasures that make our hearts sing!
14 Ways we can use sensory overexcitability to nourish our souls
Sensory experiences are deeply personal. Something that delights me could leave you cold or even trigger you, so I asked my lovely friends at the PowerWood Facebook group to help me with this list.
I hope you find something here that inspires you.
1. Light a fragrant candle
What is it about the stillness of a candle flame that gently calls us to the present moment and melts away the cares of the day?
2. Stand at an open window at sunrise
What colour is the sky? How does the air feel against your skin? Can you hear the sweet chorus of birds celebrating a new day?
3. Luxuriate in a hot bath or shower
A generous friend gifted me a set of these mini Space NK bath oils many years ago. I’ve used them to enhance bath times ever since.
4. Hug a tree
Find a big old tree and wrap your arms around its trunk, rest your cheek against its warm bark, and feel the power of its primordial energy flowing through you.
I do this most days. I like to bring a little laughter into the days of my fellow dog-walkers!
5. Cuddle up with a pet
6. Absorb the power of the ocean
Many of my sensitive friends mentioned the sea as a favourite source of sensory pleasure:
‘I love the sea in every single possible phase… I need its stillness. Its wildness. Its power…. there aren’t enough words really. It comforts me on a level that I can’t begin to explain, raw and deep.’
‘It deals with all the senses in calming and exhilarating ways.’
‘I love wild crashing waves.’
7. Massage your cares away
Give yourself a mini-aromatherapy massage by smoothing on some scented body lotion.
8. Nurture a garden
When my friend Hannah signed up for an allotment (community garden) to give her kids the benefit of growing and nurturing food from seed, she found benefits she hadn’t foreseen:
‘Being there resets my self… The combination of fresh, clean air, wide open skies, mud and pollen is a powerful and rejuvenating thing… it’s not just the seedlings that are nurtured and nourished. It is us – as a family, as individuals.’
9. Indulge in the sensory pleasure of food
However much you enjoy cooking, when you have to provide nutritious family meals day after day, food can become more of a chore than a pleasure.
But If we’re mindful, food can be a wonderful source of sensory delight. It doesn’t have to be complicated – for me, the vibrant hues and fragrant aroma of freshly sliced watermelon are quite heavenly.
If you also have emotional OE, you might find inspiration in The Emotional Cook recipe book.
What food nourishes your soul?
10. Hug someone you love
11. Get comfy
Slip out of all those buttoned and zipped-up day clothes and pull on your pjs. Even if it’s 4 o’clock in the afternoon.
12. Play your favourite music (loudly)
One PowerWood friend loves ‘listening to classical music … strings … in the car while driving in the dark.’
Another said, ‘I love music. Especially in the car. Something euphoric with a strong baseline… Loud.’
I’ve found myself driving round the block a few times at the end of a long car journey, just to hear another song or two!
13. Brew a cup of fragrant tea
In a teapot if you have one. Or treat yourself to a proper cup of coffee and bask in its rich aroma before each sip.
‘I let the tea seep as I dream and breathe. Each sip is a celebration of health, vitality, and serenity. I am quiet with myself. I have faith in Being.’
14. Feast your eyes on fine art
If you can’t make it to a gallery, explore online using an app like Art HD.
Do you have sensual overexcitability?
How do you nourish your soul?
Leave me a comment and I’ll add your favourite sensory experiences to this list. ❤️
PowerWood Facebook Group (a place to share ideas, information and encouragement about intensity, super-sensitivity and hyper-reactivity (OEs))
4 Self-care habits every woman must embrace (blog post)
My senses, my gifts (blog post)
Art HD (art gallery app)
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For more ideas about how to use your sensitivities and intensity to nourish your soul, see my other posts in this series:
How to use intellectual overexcitability to nourish your soul (coming soon)
How to use psychomotor overexcitability to nourish your soul (coming soon)
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