We are such a plugged in people. We have to catch the news in the morning to find out what is going on in our world. Then we have to see what happened since this morning. Then before bedtime, we need an update on some current disaster. We listen to music on our various media players and phones. Then we talk on the phone or listen on the phone to someone else talk.
Does it feel uncomfortable when there is absolute silence? It may be surprising that there are thoughts and feelings you have that have been drowned out by the noise of your lives. Try it. Turn off everything around you that is inundating your brain through your ears and sit in a room by yourself for just 5 minutes.
How does it feel? What happened? Did you get bored, antsy, restless, sleepy? Or did you relax and just feel whatever you needed to feel?
Better still go outside and sit on your porch for 5 minutes. Listen to the wind, the birds, the trees’ limbs or leaves as they move with the wind. What else do you hear. This may be a little difficult if you live near a busy thoroughfare.
If you do, go to a nearby active park. Just sit or just walk quietly. Listen to the children playing or the dogs barking. Use all of your senses. Listen to the sounds of life from the trees, people or life around you. Smell the dry, dead leaves of winter or the new fresh growth of spring. You may even try tasting pollen, honey suckle flowers, or any plants you recognize and know are safe.
Feel the heat of the sun or the cold of the wintry wind on your skin. Put your fingers in the sand or dirt. If there are flowers touch them gently so as not to bruise them. Feel the cold or cool metal that the benches and playground equipment are made of.
Look around. Do you see any squirrels, interesting birds, bugs moving around in the grass or dirt or other wildlife? Are there interesting flowers, plants, trees, land or rock formations?
Vision is one of my favorite senses. I was taught to enjoy beauty as a child by my parents. I learned to love beauty and photography from my father.
Sometimes just being aware of our surroundings can bring great joy, possibly peace, admiration and a sense of awe for the beauty we would miss if we didn’t open our eyes.
We use our senses every day but how much attention do we give to our world and the beauty it holds for us.