“Life is not a series of gig lamps symmetrically arranged; life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end.” Virginia Woolf
I’m lucky to have a great support system in my friends and some of my family. If you have those people that you trust, go ahead and fall back into them and let them be your hammock and cocoon and let them embrace you. JoJo
For this exercise, all I could think of, at least from a feasibility standpoint, was our family cat. Cats are such tactile beings that they love to curl under fluffy, comfy things and fall asleep. Our Tangy derives enormous pleasure from climbing under sheets, blankets, towels and even under the dining table-cloth to curl up and sleep, enveloped by the softness of fabric around him. If we leave piles of freshly laundered clothes near him, he’d jump right on top of them in a minute and roll around looking for a way to cocoon himself in the pile. Sometimes, it’s annoying but, on days when the sun is bright, the birds are chirping, and a gentle breeze lulls me into quiet contemplation, I’m grateful for his antics and smile at the chance to make him feel loved … unconditionally.
“The mind can weave itself warmly in the cocoon of its own thoughts, and dwell a hermit anywhere.” James Russell Lowell
Skin is not only an envelope protecting the inner body, or a membrane that allows exchange between exterior and interior of the body. It also serves as a mingling point between the outer world and inner self, and between body and soul. Miru Kim
As M. Kim suggests above, our skin connects us to sensations within and without our body. Our human envelope provides a doorway to powerful exchanges on levels far beyond physical contact. By the same token, I believe that safe sense of being cocooned must have a connection to a primal moment in our cat’s life. I suspect it brings back some distant memory of being enveloped by the warm, loving fur coat of his mother as his new-born heart pulsated against hers… I’d like to imagine that this is the original connection that makes him reach for such cuddly comfort.
“The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you.” #B.B.King
B. B. King – The Thrill Is Gone (Live at Montreux 1993)
— B.B. King Blues Club (@BBKingBluesNYC) May 15, 2015
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) May 15, 2015
On a sad note, on May 14, 2015, we lost a musical giant whose gift of song always felt very much like a cocoon. B.B. King transitioned to the great music hall above. The angels must be rock and rolling out in heaven. May he rest in peace. My condolences to his loved ones. <3
“I love that time when all you want to do is cocoon with your baby in your own little world, when you carry them around all the time in a little pouch or sling.” Kelli Williams
We had idyllic summer holidays, building sand castles with my father on the beach at Bridlington. It might sound strange, but I think that secure cocoon of familial love was so nourishing, it gave me the strength to live life on my own. Kiki Dee
The term envelope represents enclosed, cocooned, protected, and the simple gesture of sending and sharing important details. With the advent of the internet, we now see ourselves in a world of sound bites and text messaging. While all our new technology has benefits, we can’t help but long for the days when we waited, in anticipation, for that snail mail with its special announcement of some formidable win or achievement… Sure, we are enveloped or cocooned differently these days but don’t hesitate to step back and enjoy the simple gift of a cuddle, of being wrapped in a blanket in front of a fireplace, and then, cherish that special feeling of being enveloped or cocooned with/by love.
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This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: ENVELOPED For This week, what does “enveloped” mean to you? It could be your post-bath toddler wrapped burrito-style in a huge fuzzy towel. How about the ever-present fog that meanders through your city? Is it the well-loved hammock you lie in devouring novels as if they were candy? Maybe it’s your favorite fluffy comforter, edges worn from love and use? So looking forward to seeing your interpretations of “enveloped.” Have fun with the challenge!
Positive Motivation Tip: Share your love by enveloping, cocooning and connecting with those near and dear to you!