“Our bodies have five senses: touch, smell, taste, sight, hearing. But not to be overlooked are the senses of our souls: intuition, peace, foresight, trust, empathy.” ~ C. JoyBell C.
“You must learn to heed your senses. Humans use but a tiny percentage of theirs. They barely look, they rarely listen, they never smell, and they think that they can only experience feelings through their skin. But they talk, oh, do they talk.” ~ Michael Scott
“Touch comes before sight, before speech. It is the first language and the last, and it always tells the truth.” ~ Margaret Atwood
“Magic is really only the utilization of the entire spectrum of the senses.” ~ Michael Scott
“There’s no consciousness without senses and memories.” ~ Toba Beta
“Lose your mind and come to your senses.” ~ Frederick S. Perls
“All we have to believe is our senses: the tools we use to perceive the world, our sight, our touch, our memory.” ~ Neil Gaiman
“Memories establish the past; Senses perceive the present; Imaginations shape the future.” ~ Toba Beta
“For ourselves, who are ordinary men and women, let us return thanks to Nature for her bounty by using every one of the senses she has given us.” ~ Virginia Woolf
from the Desk of MarDrag:
We, as human beings, are beautifully complex creatures, made up of many glorious aspects that make us each unique and individual. But the one area in which we are all the same…is our Senses. Those 5 remarkable gifts of Sight, Taste, Hearing, Smell and Touch. We use all of these, every day, in many different ways. But take a moment, and think on just how aware of them you are when you use them.
In truth, we can take a bit of advantage of these splendid vessels, these rich temples we have been given to inhabit while we are here on this planet, weaving our threads through the Great Tapestry. We wake each day, expecting them to function as they are meant to, as we depend on them to perform. We anticipate that all our Senses will be alert (after coffee of course!), and support us through our day while we run hither and there, questing to get as much done as possible in the short time of day.
But, do we stop to smell the roses…as “they” say? Do we pay attention to the fragrant aroma and depth of the richness of that coffee we drink, or do we just gulp it down waiting for the caffeine to take effect? Do we savor the freshness of the droplets of water that spray from our showers as we cleanse, or do we fly dripping to our towels and race to get dressed? And what about how warm and soft those towels feel?
Shall we hear the birds coo outside our windows, or notice the particular instruments that make up the sound of the music lilting from our stereos? And do we look in the mirror and see ourselves and think, what a magnificent being? Or look at our loved ones and pause to think how much we love them and are blessed by their presence?
Just how aware are we of these marvelous, delicious Senses we have been given? They are here to help us with our needs every day….and without them, our way of life would be hindered. But, we are also given them as a way to enjoy life more…..to savor the richness of the world around us, to experience every tiny moment by touch, or smell, or taste, or to hear, or see.
Today, be a little less in your mind, focus more on those Senses, pay attention to everything you do and which Sense you use for that experience. Notice how much more present you are in the day, how much more aware you are, and how much more you enjoy what you are doing. And how much easier it makes it to “be in the moment”.
The Senses strengthen the mind, for they tell it the stories it needs to hear to think.
Then, offer a prayer of gratitude to Mother Nature and God and the Higher Powers for being so generous as to give us these 5 remarkable Senses….all for the pleasure of living.