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Playing with Fire and Water - 5 Days of Enchantment: Part 2

It's part 2 of my "5 Days of Enchantment" blog-along. For those who don't know, "5 Days of Enchantment" is a glittery mini e-course created by Jani Franck to access everyday enchantment.

So without further ado, here's how I got on with days 3 and 4: Fire and Water.

Day 3: Fire and Heat

The exercises for day three felt very different to the other exercises. The first exercise was to warm my hands, place them on my chest and feel the warmth of my hands there, along with my heartbeat. The second was use a real flame, in my case a candle, as a tool to focus my thoughts. And while both of these exercises were fun, I didn't feel as connected to them as I did with the Earth or Air tasks. Guess fire's not my thing.

Surprisingly I found the creative exercise really fun and liberating. The task was to light a fire or candle (I, being in my flat, chose a candle) and draw the shapes the flame/s made without looking at the page. Now for the benefit of context, I was not looking forward to doing this because I don't think I can draw. My belief in my ability to draw died in secondary school when I wasn't looking. But once I got into the exercise I found it quite fun. :)


Day 4: Water

My biggest revelation of the entire e-course so far comes courtesy of the first water exercise: to mindfully drink a glass of water. The revelation came in 2 parts:

1) Water pouring from a tap into a glass sounds really cool, and kind of beautiful.

2) Drinking water and doing nothing else feels AMAZING!

Crystal clear!
Crystal clear!

Ok, I may have exaggerated for mildl comic affect, but not by much. I felt calm, focused and energised all at the same time. This practice is definitely a keeper!

The second exercise, to take a cleansing shower of bath, didn't work quite as well as I'd hoped. I feel this was mostly due to me being very tired and up way earlier than my body felt should be legal. However, I did feel more alive afterwards, which was helpful.

The third exercise was to write a visualisation for the cleansing bath/shower. Again, like the flame doodle exercise, I found it a little weird. But this is what I came up with:


That's all for now. Stay tuned for part 3 of my blog-along with day 5 and my own reflections on the e-course. :)

TTFN! (Hope that's not copyrighted...)

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