Thursday, June 24, 2010

How to Celebrate Your Senses

"Observe, record, tabulate, communicate. Use your five senses. Learn to see, learn to hear, learn to feel, learn to smell, and know that by practice alone you can become expert." -William Osler

Today is National Celebrate Your Senses Day!

Yesterday was all about "Letting It Go" and today we get to focus on "Letting It In!"

Personally, I think our senses are a great thing to celebrate.   What we bring into our senses take up very little can stockpile as many visions, scents, sounds, textures and tastes as you want and never run out of room (the one caveat may be "tastes" here...but I think you understand my main point!)

How to Celebrate the Senses:

• Stop! (…right where you are, and whatever you are doing!)

• Take a deep breath.

• Ask yourself these questions : 

...What do I see?

Sensual Bonus: Count all the beautiful things. Sometimes this means taking a closer look. Dive into the details! And then look at things from a distance too!

...What do I smell?

Sensual Bonus: Keep a favorite scent around you – perfume, lotion or essential oil. Scented candles are great for this! Also, stop and smell the roses…the lavender…lilacs too!

...What do hear?

Sensual Bonus: Play some classical music at dinner time; throw on some old time rock n roll when you have chores to do. Turn up the radio in your car and sing along loudly. Or, just sit quietly and take in the sounds of life around you.

...What do I taste?

Sensual Bonus: Eat luxuriously! Go slow and enjoy the flavor of your food. Make that chocolate truffle last another 5 minutes. Take some time to appreciate the flavors of natural, unprocessed foods...enjoy a ripe strawberry, an earthy, sweet carrot or a cool watery slice of melon.

...What do I feel?

Sensual Bonus: If you don’t have a favorite soft blanket of your own, or perfectly worn sweater- these I highly recommend. Pet a furry pet. Get a massage! Hugs too- are great ways to feel! Get lots of those!

• Smile and appreciate all your working senses - Our bodies and minds are amazing aren't they?

• Make a conscious effort to repeat this exercise at least once a day.

Happy Celebrate Your Senses Day!

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