Although all animals have the senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch, we as the 'advanced breed of monkeys' are able to appreciate the nuances. We take a lot for granted in the rush of everyday life and I wonder if any of you have ever stopped and reflected on any of your senses which are with you every moment of the day. It's been quite an odd weekend as I have had a few moments where my senses have been fully engaged at various moment.
Our senses have the power to evoke strong memories and transport us back to times in our past, whether good or bad, where we have a chance to reflect either on growth from a bad situation or bathe in the recollection of a happy memory.
Some of my favourites across the senses :
The smell of the ground after a storm
Freshly baked scones
Freshly cut grass
New and old books
Waves crashing on the shoreline
Vanilla ice cream
Creamy lindt chocolate
Freshly baked bread just out the oven with lashings of butter
Watermelon on a hot day
A hot cup of tea on a cold day
Watching the sea
Watching sunrise from my bed
The mist rolling in over the valley
The innocence of children at play
Animals in their natural environment
The pure love from my animals when I get home at the end of the day - it is on their faces
A hug from my children
The gentle stroke of a lovers' fingers down my spine
A fleecy blanket in winter
The sand under my feet on the beach
The breeze against my skin
A cool shower on a hot summers day
The warmth of the sun
A lot of the senses are tied into experiences and feelings. And I this is where us as 'advanced monkeys' have the upper hand. We tie our senses in with emotions. But that makes us unique and special and I like that. I'm a very sensory person so I know my emotions are tied into what my senses are experiencing all the time. Having decided to live a more mindful life this year, and going forward, one of my goals is to be more in touch with all of my senses. Experiencing them in the now and appreciating them. We are blessed if we are in possession of all our senses. Appreciate what you have.
What are your favourites across your senses?