Meditation and the Five Senses
As it is the central purpose of meditation to focus on sensations as they arise a focus on the five senses, through which we experience the world around us is essential. By being mindful of and attentive to each of the five senses independently, and together as a set it is possible to come to a greater awareness of the nature of our consciousness.
Five Senses ExercisesYou can prepare your self by focusing on your five senses by simply sitting and focusing on your breathing in order to clear your mind, or by repeating a simple phrase or mantra (see related article). When you are fully relaxed it is possible to focus on just one sense, and the sensation that arise through this sense. Gradually work through your senses, asking yourself, ‘What do I hear?’ and ‘What do I See?’ and so on. By the end of the exercise you should have focused individually on the five senses:
Once you have come to an understanding of this it is possible to conceive of your connectedness with world and universe outside yourself. The feelings and impressions that constitute your daily concept of your individual personality are really just the physical bodies’ responses, via the senses, to external stimulus. This realisation is a fundamental to a spiritual engagement with meditation as it points to the passing of our selves as fragments of a much greater reality. This can help one to reach a better acceptance of daily stresses, which are really only impressions on our sensory apparatus and to come to terms better with bereavement and loss under the realisation that we are all truly interlinked in a passive manner all of the time. By practicing an awareness of your five senses, you will soon be able to take the lessons learned in doing so and apply them naturally to your everyday life.