Get in touch with your senses

senses--beautiful winterHave you ever closed your eyes and felt the warm sun on your face? Or listened to the wind rustling in the trees? Years ago when I lived in Toronto, a friend took me to a sensory deprivation tank. That’s where you sit in a tank of salt water for 45 minutes completely in the dark and silence. The idea is to awaken every sense in your body. I remember walking out of the building onto Jarvis Street. My footsteps on the pavement pounded in my head, the lights blinded me and the noise on the street was deafening.

Our senses are five of the greatest gifts we have. And yet, every day, we go about our business, oblivious to the smells, noises, and sights that make our world so rich.

This week’s Happy Act is to get in touch with your senses. Sit and listen to the rain, or the wind whistling through the trees. Salivate over your next steak. Touch your partner.  Choose a different sense each day, (or just pick one) and for two minutes, stop what you’re doing, and focus on one of your senses. I guarantee not just your senses will be awakened, you will be too.

We live in such a beautiful part of the country, especially at this time of year. I’m continually awestruck by the beauty around me. Here is a picture just up the road from our house–a winter wonderland. What sense of yours was awakened this week? Leave a comment.

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3 thoughts on “Get in touch with your senses

  1. The smell of a ballpark. Popcorn. The organ playing. The sounds of baseballs hitting leather. Snap! The crack of the bat. The crowd on the edge as the ball soars near the foul pole. The snap and fizz of a $10 beer as the sweaty can chills my palm. The taste of yeast, malt, barley and water fermenting on my tongue.

    Yup, baseball season is almost here.

    • Awesome, Mark. The hard seat slowly numbing your legs. The roar of the crowd. A warm pretzel and the yummy taste of salt and mustard melting in my mouth as I bite into the bread. Let’s go to a game some time together!

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