Over the last five years I’ve discovered the key to unlocking the life of your dreams.
The secret to being in the present moment — indefinitely.
The magic forumla for experiencing immense joy and gratitude every single day.
What is it?
It’s something that we all have (at least most of us).
It’s something that is on call 24/7 (no need to wait for your meditation cushion or yoga teacher to show up).
What I’m talking about, this (not so) secret sauce, is your senses. All six of ‘em.
Not to oversimplify things, but it really is true.
When you’re focused on what you’re sensing (seeing, smelling, tasting, hearing, touching and feeling/intuiting), you can’t NOT be in the present moment. You arrive to the here and now by virtue of simply recognizing what is happening in your body with your senses.
It sounds simple enough, right? But in reality, I think 99% of us are out of practice.
I’m not exactly sure how or why we’ve complicated things so much. But we have.
Being present, reaching “enlightenment”, or just having a wee bit more joy in our lives, doesn’t have to be so damn hard.
I see so many of us striving for peace and comfort in our lives. We rush to meditation class. We push too hard in downward dog. We race our neighbors down the 110 freeway on the way to church. We fight our way to front of the line at Whole Foods.
Life is filled with pushing, shoving and struggle. And struggle is still struggle. Even when its well intentioned.
The senses offer another way. A much more easy going and FUN alternative to the ways above.
When I started paying more attention to my senses — everything changed. And I mean EVERYTHING.
My relationships became less strained. I eliminated dietary habits that weren’t good for me. I made better choices about who I spent my time with. I felt more peaceful, more grateful and generally a lot more happy about my life.
So, how do you begin to wake up to your senses? Here are a few ways that I’ve found useful in my explorations:
So, tell me, what are your favorite sense(s)? How do you engage with them? What are your go-to ways for becoming more aware and present in each moment?
Photo by: Alexander Shustov