With the many delights for the senses this past week..... I have been taken back to the days when my children were small & learning about their five senses. It was a wonder to see their delight as they experienced the sights, sounds, smells, textures, and tastes of the world for the first time.
It is a bit sad to me that as we "grow up" we become farther removed from the joy and wonder of our senses. It can be restorative to remind ourselves to pay attention to each one of them once again.
To be mindful of each of our senses, one at a time, is a great way to slow down and really appreciate all that is so good around us. And where better to do this than in our homes? Maybe the things that we love about where we live has become white noise to us, things that we no longer take in or appreciate.
Here are a few favorites that come to mind for me:
- Hearing--birdsong, Mozart, the quiet of the house after everyone has gone to bed....
- Sight--family pictures, treasured artwork, yellow daffodil buds emerging outside, the faces of those I love.
- Smell--freshly washed towels, favorite meals cooking in the kitchen, coffee in the morning.
- Touch--our comfy family room chair, soft blankets and sheets on the bed, my dog's velvety ears.
- Taste--any meal I didn't have to cook :)...oh, and a glass of wine.