Moments of Connection
Our experiences are guided by our senses. We use our eyes to see, our ears to hear, our nose to smell, our body to feel our tongue to taste. Most do not realize that our mind is our sixth sense that we use to know or think. It is our mind that makes sense out of what we see, hear, feel, taste and smell.
From the time we wake up to the time we go to bed, our mind is usually caught up in thoughts (i.e., tasks we must get done, past or future) where we can feel stressed or bogged down. In this meditation which I found to be beneficial for beginner meditators as well as experienced meditators alike, Karuna has us focus on our breath by counting each breath. By counting, we soon find that our mind is focused on breathing rather than thoughts. It is in these moments of connection with our senses where we can feel an enjoyment of life.
Becoming aware of my breath, I began to count my inhale and exhale as one. With my next inhale and exhale, I counted two. This counting of my breaths continued until I reached to a count of four and then I began all over again at one. Giving my mind something to focus on, thoughts could not enter my mind. Not being distracted by thoughts, I was able to experience moments of connection with my senses. It is in these moments of connection with my senses where I feel a sense of aliveness, a sense of calm and a sense of gratitude.
Training our mind to have moments of connection with our senses is a difficult task to accomplish at first, but it can be done. As Karuna says, “repetition is the mother of all skills”. By training our mind, we will find that we are more focused in our tasks as well as enjoying life for what it is. Namaste 🙏🏻❤️☮️