Our senses are all connected, and they cause visceral reactions within our bodies. They create our life experiences as they give us access to describe circumstances vividly. Even without use of some of our senses, others are heightened.
With all of our physical senses, the key to evolving them is curiosity. A little courage to try new things, and ask a few questions will go a long way.
Science and technology has also contributed to an evolution of our physical senses. Glasses and contact lenses, Lasik eye surgery, treatments for anosmia (loss of sense of smell), hearing aids and Cochlear implants have enhanced the lives of so many people> SMELL
Take care of your air!
“Smell is a potent wizard
that transports you across thousands of miles and all
the years you have lived.”—Helen
“Smile, breathe and go slowly.”—Thich
The sense of smell is by far our least understood sense. Smelling and breathing are inextricably linked, and we know from our doctors as well as our yoga instructors the importance of breathing.
What's That Smell? You Are What You Breathe.
So you read the labels on the foods you buy, and are
being more careful about what you eat…but what about
what you are breathing? When we breathe, we inhale
the air surrounding us, and the molecules in the air
whether we like it or not, and whether it smells good
or not. What we breathe also goes into our bodies,
so shouldn’t it be just as important to know what we
are breathing as it is what we are eating?
The answer is YES!
It wasn't too long ago that no one knew, or cared about things like trans-fats, or partially-hydrogenated oils. Now however, people like you are becoming increasingly educated about the foods you eat, and are paying attention to additives and chemical additives in foods, like high fructose corn syrup, sodium benzoate, artificial colorants and MSG. You have forced the food industry to respond and begin taking those unnatural ingredients out of their products. Good for you!
Do you have scented candles in your home? Some of them
may not be as healthy as you think. What about those
room fresheners that you spray or plug into an outlet?
How about your car? Do you know what gives your car
that “new car smell”? What about the pine tree dangling
from your rear view mirror? These all emit scent-carrying
molecules that you are inhaling. What gives something
a scent might not be that good for you. Synthetic fragrances
and scents have contributed to an increase in allergies
We are so overwhelmed by synthetic scents and fragrances
that we don’t actually know what the real stuff smells
like anymore. Essential oils are a great way to re-train
your sense of smell about what nature actually smells
like. In this case it takes going back to nature to
evolve your senses.
They say “seeing is believing”, but…is
it really? A group of people looking at the same scene
identify different things. Like the inkblot Rorschach
test – everyone sees something different. It is difficult
to take things at face value because when we look at
things, we automatically interpret them. Take a moment
and just see things without judgment.
How do you evolve your sense of sight? Easy, look at
new and different things. Change your scenery. You
can do this by focusing on something in your immediate
vicinity in a way you haven’t before, or you can change
your environment. Take a trip, travel, run an errand…just
take a moment to notice the different colors, shapes,
sizes. Notice nature. Notice all of the physical structures
around you. What is there that you haven’t seen before?
Focus on the colors and the textures of what you see.
Chances are that you will see something new, and will
feel a little more peaceful.
“In America we eat, collectively,
with a glum urge for food to fill us. We are ignorant
of flavour. We are as a nation taste-blind.” — M.
F. K Fisher
(Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher)
Do you actually know what the food you eat tastes like? Most people are not conscious when they eat, because they are watching television, surfing the internet or talking on the phone. When you eat, do you take full advantage of your taste buds? Your sense of taste is very sophisticated, and you can tap into it very easily.
First, SLOW DOWN! We don’t usually take the time to
focus on a meal, and “mindfully” eat it. Focusing
the sense helps to evolve it.
Not exploring your taste buds is like having a state of the art sound system and not pushing its limits. Take a chance on something new. Try a different cuisine or a different recipe. New fruits and vegetables are always an experience, and so are all the different types of chocolate out there. Have a chocolate tasting!> TOUCH
“Touch seems to be as essential
as sunlight” — Diane
Touch is all about the skin – and not just your fingertips.
The skin is your body’s largest organ, and taking care
of it is very important to your overall well-being.
When we say that something “feels good”, we usually
mean that we are comfortable with it – there is an
emotional connection. When we touch something and it
good”, we like the texture of it. Kids are the masters
at evolving their sense of touch. They touch everything,
and are not afraid – that is why we have to child proof
our houses! As we get older, we stick to what we know,
and do not opt to pet the lizard at the petting zoo.
Compare the nuances of a fine silk fabric to burlap;
the soft and flexible needles of the White Pine to
the stiff and prickly needles of the Black Spruce.
There is a recent trend of hotel chains and linen shops
offering the softest quality high thread-count sheets
and luxurious kinds of pillows, all to make us feel
good as we go to sleep and awaken in the morning. Make
a point every day to notice the details in how something
feels to the touch.
When you think about evolving your sense of touch, consider your skin.
Since you have a heightened awareness about what ingredients
to avoid putting IN your body, you are also wondering
about the ingredients in the products that you put
ON your body…which is just as important! Your skin
is exposed to the air in the environment, as well as
any of the soaps, lotions, and other products that
you slather on, and may respond favorably or unfavorably.
As a living thing, for the most part your skin takes
in what you put on it.
You read the labels on the food you buy…so why not
make a habit of reading those on the cosmetic and body
products you purchase and determining if you want them
in or on your body??
Think about a maestro conducting a symphony. That individual has
trained her ear to discern a myriad of tones, pitches and sounds. This
may be an extreme example, but we can all develop a better sense of
hearing, and a good place to start is with music. Next time you listen
to your favorite song, concentrate on the specific aspects of the
melody. You can also try focusing one sense by muting another. For
example, close your eyes and just listen.
Evolved hearing means
you have more focus, which means you will be a better
makes just about everyone feel more special.