Our senses & being mindful

Mindfulness is an art, continually brought about through observations on a regular basis. For those of us who practise, taking note of our surroundings is a matter of course. I cannot remember a time when I wasn’t observing. Always in touch with my environment, always observing the world around me.

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 necessarily registered in our conscious, but they’re there, they affect our mind and play into our decisions without us registering them.

As we go about our daily lives, we fail to pay attention and take note of those senses, which are guiding us at any given moment and that which are part of our decision making. We tend to 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 us in our decision making, we may instead 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 five senses.

To be consciously aware is to be mindful; not just merely to see, but to strive, to observe and to understand everything through our five senses. Using our senses allows us to foster a greater awareness on interactions between our environment and ourselves and how incorporating those can help us become more mindful about our choices and the way in which we make our choices.

It means us being particularly mindful when it comes to us making those all-important decisions and that makes our decisions easier.


26 Jan, 2017

2 thoughts on “Our senses & being mindful

  1. Mindfulness is something I learned about from taking DBT, which helped quite a bit if I can remember to do it during the day. I often get triggered and thrown back to a different time when I had to be afraid of what was going on around me.

    It’s a constant battle to stay grounded in the moment during the day. I normally become aware of my environment by being hyper-vigilant which puts me into fight or flight mode, which seems to be a whole different thing.

    Being mindful is more of a way to be in the moment so that I can actually enjoy it rather than be so afraid of everything and everyone around me.

    1. Thanks Randy. I’m so pleased that learning mindful techniques did help you through some of your DBT sessions.

      I believe it works, but as you say it’s easy for the mind to wander again and we’re back to square one. Your last paragraph sums up your understanding of what being mindful is Randy and you’re right.

      I would just add that being mindful not only helps us to stay in the moment and understand everything we need to understand about our life in that moment, but it also means we’ve dealt with and moved on from our past and that allows us to stay mindful.

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