It's so important to give yourself time out to relax and renew, ready to face all that you need to in life. To give yourself time to breathe and deeply rest on all levels of your being, to nourish yourself and integrate all that has gone before. My favourite ways to come back to centre are walking in beautiful Mother Nature, star gazing, dancing in the moonlight, making love, painting, practising deep breathing, meditating, playing with my children, cooking and reading.
The way we experience the world around and within us can be enhanced by detecting and sensing the subtle energies through our senses. There is a beautiful simple practice to bring you immediately into this moment; when we enter this state, we are right here, right now in this very moment, totally relaxed and at peace.
I find that by practising this meditation as a transition from one aspect of life to another, for example when I arrive home in the car after a busy day, from a meeting or from teaching, I’ll sit for a moment, connecting to the moment with this meditation practice, being aware, arriving more deeply and purposefully in the moment ready to move forward to what beckons next. As we practice regularly, and become more familiar with these subtleties, we can bring that awareness in to all our experiences.
Exploring Your Senses Meditation
1. Sit in an upright position, spine long, shoulders relaxed, eyes gently closed. Inhaling and exhaling deeply, and become still.
2. Become aware of what you are hearing. Begin with the sounds within your body, then the most distinct close ranging sounds, tracking more distant sounds now, then seeking out the subtlest sounds.
3. With the next breath, become aware of what you are feeling. What’s the most obvious tactile sensation you can feel right now? Can you feel where your body meets the earth, chair, bed, whatever you are sitting upon? Can you feel where your clothes contact your skin? Can you feel the breeze upon your skin or the breath on your lips or nostrils? What is the subtlest sensation you are experiencing?
4. With your next breath, with your eyes still closed, what can you perceive? Any subtle colours, images, shapes, the light coming through your eyelids? There is no right or wrong, simply awareness.
5. Moving on to the most prevalent smell you can become aware of now? What smell is the subtlest, as you gently deepen your experience of this moment?
6. And now taste, when you relax into the moment, what do you taste – how strong or how soft are the flavours?
Quite simply you hear what you’re hearing, feel what you’re feeling, see what you’re seeing, smell what you’re smelling, and taste what you’re tasting.
The more we heighten our subtle perceptions, the deeper we go with ourselves and our experiences moment by moment.
Sending love, as you dive deep into the sensory input of every moment of your life.