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By: Andrew Greenberg
When we get in touch with our senses, such as by taking a moment to listen to the wind blow or to feel it blowing on our face, we restore a state of balance and harmony between the mind and the body because, through our body, we are connecting our mind. Thus, we feel calmer, more relaxed, and more available to meet the demands of the moment.
We’ve heard the expression, “Stop and smell the roses.” There are always roses available. The question is, are we present enough to smell them? In other words, there is always some type of sensory input available to us, whether it be through the eyes, the ears, the nose, the tongue, or the skin receptors. Our environments are rich with wonderful gifts, such as the sky, the trees, the wind, or maybe something to taste. All that is necessary from us is to engage one of our five senses. The only requirement is that we focus our attention on what it is that we are sensing. And that is where a little, and I do mean just a little discipline becomes necessary.
The more of our focus we can place on whatever it is we are sensing, the calmer and more focused we become. When we give in to a distraction, such as our phones buzzing or beeping, for example, we lose that moment of harmony by getting carried away by a distraction. What is truly wonderful about the exercise of mindfulness through the senses is that we can practice any time. Even if we get carried away by our distracted mind, we can always go back to our mindful practice. The more we practice, better we get at this. The better we get at this, the more peaceful and focused we become.