Using your five senses in meditation
When you practice mindful movement meditation, the “experience” you choose to infuse with awareness and equanimity is made of real-time thoughts and body sensations. This chapter discusses body sensations including the five senses. I start with body sensations because they are easier for most people to work with, especially beginners.
Body sensations include each of the five senses: sight, smell, taste, sound, and touch, including the breath. The senses are referred to as “gates” because experience flows through them. When you choose a body sensation as your object of meditation, that experience enters your consciousness through one of these five sense gates.
A tiny note of caution.
I’m giving you a variety of options here and in future chapters. Please don’t try all of the exercises at once. Start with the simplest and practice that for a time before moving to something else. Build your inner fitness as you go along.