How to Deepen Your Senses

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Your enjoyment of life is directly correlated to your relationship with your senses. Your senses are how to experience the world moment to moment. Your mind on the other hand is an interpretation, constantly moving between past, future, projection, assumption & fantasy. As the founder of Gestalt therapy Fritz Perls said 'lose your mind & come to your senses.

Like anything of value your senses need to be nourished and strengthened. Studies of sensory perception show we are losing touch with our senses and it's affecting not only our enjoyment of life but also our deeper feelings of meaning, purpose & satisfaction.

The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.
— W.B. Yeats

To reconnect we need simple daily practices and time actively engaging our senses. Almost every mindfulness practice begins with coming into your body and your senses - what do you hear, feel, taste & smell right now? This helps bring you out of your mind, & into the moment. It's a great daily ritual that takes one minute & can be done anywhere.

You can also deepen your sense awareness through activities that engage your senses in a physical way. Take a drawing class and learn to see again, take a perfume class and find the language to describe scent memories deep in your subconscious, try pottery and feel the cool smooth clay as your hands work its shapes.

Reconnect with your senses & you'll reconnect with yourself.

Emily L'Ami