Come to Your Senses

Life support is all around you...all the time. Your life is giving you clues with life lessons built right in every moment and all you have to do is be interested enough in them and in yourself to investigate and decipher them...learn from them.

One way of doing this is through using your senses. We are influenced by our environment, by what we see, hear, smell, touch and taste. To truly be in touch with our Body-Soul:Mind-Spirit and to come to our senses we must respect each one and learn to balance them individually and as a whole.

1. Sight. Look around. Take a closer look at your friends, family, children, animals, nature, place where you live, work, coworkers, etc. take a good look at what and who is around you and in your life. Be aware of everyone and everything around you. Do you watch television and if so, how do the programs affect and influence you? Do you feel calm, joyful and energized from what you see and from the people you are with? The surroundings, influences and environments we choose for ourselves affects our Body-Soul:Mind-Spirit. 2. Sound. Listen. Do not speak. Just listen. Listen to people when they talk. Really listen, listen to understand and comprehend them. Every sound has a physiological effect. When you listen to a beautiful piece of music or words of inspiration, a cascade of pleasure-producing chemicals course through your body, supporting health and wholeness. Listening to music that makes you feel joyful, refreshed and alert will strengthen your immune system and bodily function. What type of music do you listen to? Is it calming, joyful, etc....? 3. Touch. Massage to stimulate your muscles and blood flow, circulation. Yoga, Pilates. Meditate. While meditating you can touch/massage every part of your body, not with you hands per se but with your mind and train your brain and Nervous System to to sense calm and to provoke it to choose calm and joy over other emotions. Striking a balance between emotions, senses and environment. Chakra cleansing meds (meditations) are my favorite. 4. Smell. What can you smell? We smell a lot more than you think. It is actually the first sense we use. One whiff of food sends messages to our stomachs to produce the exact acids needed to break it down even before it we put it in our mouth. We smell fear....sweat. Your sense of smell can bring up memories and emotions to learn from. I suggest organic lavendar essential oils for calming and rejuvenating the Body-Soul:Mind-Spirit. 5. Taste. We have 5 different tastes that are communicated to the brain. To feel fully satisfied after a meal our brain craves balance between the five. Bitter, sweet, sour, salty and umami (savory). Some bitter foods are raw green vegetables, turmeric, and green, black and most herbal teas. Sweet foods consist of wheat, rice, dates, pumpkins, maple syrup, and licorice root, to name a few. Sour foods are lemon, vinegars, pickled and fermented foods, tamarind, and wine. Examples of salty foods are sea vegetables, sea salt, tamari, black olives, Himalayan salt, rock salt, etc... Umami (savory) foods consist of tomatoes, chicken, soy, mushrooms, etc... Our senses allow us to feel emotions and to compose and build thought patterns that form our habits and shape our lives. Becoming aware of them sheds more light on your Emotions, Actions and Thoughts (E.A.T.s) and to the discovery of who you really are.

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