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Coming to Your Senses

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Karuna Priya
Meditation Teacher & Former Monk
Training your mind from negative to positive in habitations. Understand yourself and the mechanics of your mind. Deep reflective questions to explore ourselves. You are guided through the eastern philosophical teachings on training the mind followed by guided meditation.
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Mind is a sense organ
I hadn’t thought of the mind as a sense organ before. Training the mind is like training a muscle to perform a new task or scale. It takes repetition time and perseverance.
Breath is key to a calm mind
I felt my mind constantly wandering during this exercise, much like it does throughout the day. Focusing on our breath is a tool that we can always turn to for calming our mind. No matter what the situation, our breath will be there to turn to.
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 🙏🏻❤️☮️
Too Much Speaking
Although I understand that this is a beginner’s meditation, Priya speaks far too much — he reserves more than five minutes of the beginning for explanation. He should leave a couple extra minutes toward the end of the meditation for silent practice. This was still a very enjoyable meditation; Priya gives excellent advice, and his voice is crisp and clear.
Meditation on breathing
I agree with Jessica. No time to practice the technique . I’ve been mediating for awhile so not a good one for me.
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