Five Senses Mindfulness

dandelion wishes home pageFive Senses Mindfulness is a great practice to help quiet a distracted mind and restore your sense of calmness and equanimity. It’s also really simple.

Start with three mindful breaths, breathing in deeply and bringing your attention full and completely to the sensation of the breath.

Then work your way through each of your five senses, trying to get past the immediate surface information and deeper into your experience:

What do you see? What is the quality of the light? Can you make out fine details?

What do you hear? How are the sounds layered? Can you hear sounds within as well as those outside in the world around you?

What do you smell? How do the smells make you feel? Do they remind you of home or make you want to run for the hills?

What do you taste? Is there a texture to the tastes inside your mouth?

What do you feel? Is it pleasant? Is it familiar?

Once you’ve run through each of your five senses, take one more cleansing breaths. Chances are by this time you will feel re-connected to the present moment with a greater clarity of focus and a renewed sense of your own presence.

So try this practice the next time your mind is spinning and you can’t remember what you were supposed to be doing now and you can’t figure out what you want to do next. It will help. It always does.

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If you liked this, you might also like:

 A 3-Step Mindfulness Practice for Peace of Mind

2-Step Mindful Breathing Practice

A Short Thought Exercise for Cultivating Happiness

 

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