Part of self-awareness is to note the wonderful energy sensations that we can experience in these amazing bodies. Mindfulness is shutting down the prefrontal cortex which focuses attention on one stimulus at a time, and opening up our whole being to become physically, mentally, and spiritually aware of all the sensations surrounding us.

The unique energy pattern of living things is what identifies them to our senses. Vision and hearing energies come to us in the form of electromagnetic waves. Touch comes to us in the form of changes in pressure and temperature. Smell and taste are a result of energy from chemical reactions in our olfactory and taste bud receptors. Kinesthesis is a result of detection of the energies of motion in nerve fibers of our muscles, tendons, and joints. The vestibular receptors in the cochlea detect variations in the gravitational forces in the atmosphere. When we open up our whole being to these sensations, we can experience the combined energies from all our senses. We are surrounded by energy and we are indeed a part of the energy forces that surround us and flow through us. We enrich our bodies and souls by absorbing these energies.

Let’s remember that our Higher Self is our life force and, as such, is pure sentient energy contained in our human body. Let’s be the guide on the side watching our Higher Self interact with the energy fields around us. Let’s take a mindful walk someplace special every day for approximately half an hour to forty-five minutes. It can be a forest bath where we become aware of the slow calm life force of nature’s giants, the trees. It can be a seaside bath where we experience the life-giving moisture of the sea. It can be a desert walk where we celebrate the tenacity of the life forms as they struggle to survive. It can be the man-made beauty of a city park with trees, shrubs, and flowers. While immersed in nature, we will notice our life energy interacting with the life energies of other living things. As we do these activities, we should be conscious of our breathing which will help keep us out of our anxieties and open to mindful activities.

We have seven senses. This fits perfectly into a one week self-awareness schedule. Let’s keep track of our feelings and perceptions in the spaces provided.

I suggest the following:

• On day one focus on your visual senses as you take a nature walk. Everything absorbs energy from the sun and reflects it back to you in the form of light waves. You can employ your visualization abilities to try to see things differently. Try to sense the energy waves of living things. You can notice their amazing colors that all represent a variation of energy that you absorb through the rods and cones of your retinas.

• On day two take that nature walk again, but this time focus on what you hear. Pay special attention to the sounds made by living things (I especially like the songs of birds). Try to notice the vibrations of sounds and the way your body receives and perceives them and the feelings they generate. Note the differences between the soothing sounds of nature and the chaotic disturbing sounds created by man.

• On day three take that nature walk again. As you focus on your sense of touch. become aware of the movement of a sea breeze on your skin, the dryness or wetness of the air, the warm touch of the sun. Take time to stop to feel things like the softness of the flowers or the rough bark of a tree.

• On day four take that nature walk again. This time focus on the smell of the vegetation or a flower in bloom or the muskiness of damp vegetation. Be aware of them sharing their essence with you in the form of air-born chemical molecules.

• On day five plan to eat mindfully at least one special meal. Pay special attention to the ingredients as you shop. Look for a variety of color. Prepare the meal with attention and care being mindful of the gift of life offered to you by these once living things. When you sit down to eat, focus on each bite and the distinct taste of each item. Be sure to keep your breathing at a slow and steady pace which will help you stay in a state of mindfulness. It will also enhance your sense of smell which will accentuate the tastes of the food you eat. Chew slowly and feel the texture change as your saliva mixes with the food breaking it down for digestion. Eat slowly taking fifteen to twenty chews on every bite. Visualize these substances being absorbed by your body.

• On day six focus on your balance. This is your vestibular sense. You can feel it as you stand or walk or run. Note the smooth coordination of your muscles. Note the agility and the balance of the animals and birds, and the balance of the stems and the leaves of the plants. Notice the interactive balance of all living things.

• On day seven focus on your body and its sense of movement. This is your kinesthetic sense. You can try a few yoga poses or experiment with Tai Chi. Note the movement of living things and the movement of physical forces like the wind in the trees and the waves of the sea. Note your body’s response.

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