Sight, smell, touch, sound, and taste: all of our five senses provide unique pathways to presence and happiness. We spend a few minutes being mindful of each one.
How to Do This Practice:
Find a comfortable place where you feel safe. Close your eyes or soften your gaze. Take a few deep breths, noticing the sensation of the air as it moves through your nose, into your lungs, and back out again.
Sound: For a few breaths, pay attention to the sounds around you. Notice where they are in space.
Touch: Put one hand on top of the other. Notice the sensations you feel in your hand as your fingers’ knuckles touch the other, like temperature and texture.. Shift your attention to your cheeks, noticing temperature and the feel of the air.
Taste: Now, pay attention to the taste you are experiencing on your tongue. There may be no taste or the taste of saliva.
Smell: Move your focus to the smell around you as you take a breath. See how many odors you can identify.
**Sight: Finally, focus your gaze on a point eight inches in front of you for a few seconds and see what colors, forms, light, and shadow you notice there.
Take a few more deep breaths here and notice if any of your senses feel heightened.
More resources from The Greater Good Science Center:
Listen to our Happiness Break on body scan meditation: https://tinyurl.com/bd6x8ba5
How to Focus Under Pressure (podcast) https://tinyurl.com/mxpd6mtd
Coming to Our Senses: https://tinyurl.com/3d4jkprr
Hands-On Research: The Science of Touch: https://tinyurl.com/y79vpbre
10 Steps to Savoring the Good Things in Life: https://tinyurl.com/2zwb5y8v
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