Mindfulness is an art, brought about through our observations. For those of us who practise, taking note of our surroundings is something we do continually, always observing. Always in touch with our environment, always observing the world around us.
Our five senses: taste, sight, touch, smell and hear, which we employ unconsciously, enable us to experience the world around us. They’re all powerful forces that aren’t always registered in our conscious, but they’re there. They affect our mind and play into our decisions without us consciously registering them.
As we go about our daily lives, we fail to pay attention and take note of our senses, which are part of our decision making. We ignore our senses without apportioning importance or thinking about observing them. They are our window to the world; we experience most of our life through our senses.
As we fail to consciously take note of why or how what’s going on around us may affect our decision making, we may misinterpret and misunderstand what’s being pointed out through those deeper channels, but it would make a difference to our quality of life and our decision making, if we were to consciously take note of our decisions through our senses.
To be consciously aware is to be mindful, not just merely to see, but to strive, to observe and to understand everything. Using our senses allows us to foster a greater awareness on interactions between our environment, ourselves and other people and how incorporating those can help us become more mindful about our decisions and the way in which we make our decisions.