Your Senses and Sensations

Sight is our predominant sense and we try to limit the sight stimuli somewhat during meditations.  We can always eliminate it totally by closing our eyes or going to a dark room but this is not necessary or even fully desirable.

Taste and smell were used if your object was a piece of food as the object during the Meditation on an Object exercise. These senses are also important when doing the Awareness of Routines exercises as eating is a good time to do these.

Touch was central to yesterday’s Attention to Your Body exercise and will be important again.

This leaves sound. Sound can be reduced as an interference but it cannot usually be easily eliminated.  Sound is always with us.  But most of the sounds we hear are never perceived consciously.  There is simply no room for sounds as they are irrelevant to the internal clamor that comprises our minds.

 

Task for Today

Repeat the breathing meditation from Day 4.  Make sure you are sitting in a comfortable place where you won’t be interrupted.

This meditation brings sound to the fore.  You do not need to make sound or go to a place where you know there is sound or a sound that you like.

Just take it that whichever environment you have chosen for meditation will contain all the sound you will need – provided you have not chosen an unnatural place that has been especially designed to eliminate all sound. I’m assuming that this is not the case.

Click on the audio button below and follow the meditation.  The audio runs for about 5 minutes but, if you enjoy this meditation (as most people do) then you can extend it for as long as you wish.

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Afterwards, make a note in your journal of what memories you have of this mediation.

This meditation is often one of the most popular elements of a mindfulness course.  Did you find it enjoyable?


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