The last sense we will cover this month is the sense of touch. Like scent, taste will usually be evoked in our daily lives periodically throughout the day when we eat. This is in contrast to the more continuous information we get from sight or touch or hearing. Either way, being completely present whenever you eat is another way to build your meditation practice and the one we will focus on these last couple days of the month.
The energies found in sunstone, tiger’s eye, and bronzite can help you connect to the nutritious qualities of the food you eat. For these next few days, make the effort to sit down for your meals and be mindful of the quality and textures of your food as you chew. Each bite brings with it a new experience, with a unique though subtle different combination of flavors to experience.
Notice what comes up for you as you eat and chew with mindful awareness. Vary the foods and drinks you have. Look to the list below for possible suggestions.
- Sensation of chocolate or ice-cream melting in your mouth.
- Swirl coffee or tea or even water through your mouth.
- Crunch of crisp salad greens.
- Notice the differences between something sweet versus salty versus bitter or sour or spicy.
Indulge in your sense of taste today.
I hope this month’s meditations through the senses helped you build your own meditation practice. Now that you have practiced bringing awareness to each sense separately, you may find it time to begin mixing senses together in your meditation. As an example, in a walking meditation, you bring your awareness to the present moment by witnessing the world around you as you move, you can you’re your footsteps as they pad along the ground, you can feel your clothes as they move along your skin, and you can hear different sounds in your environment enriching your experience. Depending on where you are during such an active meditation, you can smell certain aromas or taste certain things as you go along.
The point is to become ever more aware of yourself in the present moment. Letting go of the past and releasing a future that has yet to create itself leaves you in the now, and the now is where you can choose to enjoy your life to the fullest potential.