Aloha beautiful reader,
Each of our six primary senses (intuition, hearing, sight, smell, touch, taste) is associated with one of our body’s energy centers as well as with a specific color, musical note, essential oil and seed sound (mantra). All of these and a few special Engaging the Senses sensory correspondences will be listed at the beginning of each individual sense’s chapter. What brought this to mind today is my participation in Depak Chopra and Oprah’s 21 day Perfect Health Meditation challenge.
Today is/was day two. The focus was on balance and the idea that it is our true nature. The mantra we were to silently repeat when our mind wandered was Yum. Yum, Yum, Yum. According to Depak, this mantra nourishes our heart. Our heart (energy) center is associated with our sense of taste and the seed sound Yam– pronounced, you guessed it, Yum. As in this tastes, looks, smells, sounds, yummy. Taste isn’t only about what we put in our mouths. This is reflected in our language…We can get a taste for something, such as adventure. If we have a negative experience, we may characterize it as leaving a bitter taste in our mouths. If we like and want more of some thing- e.g. swimming or abstract art, we say that we’ve developed a taste for it. The poet and thinker, Emerson, famously said, “Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.”
Mindfully engaging our senses with beauty- whether on a gallery wall, in the melody or lyrics of a song, through an act of kindness or generosity, or in the natural world, or in our nests by creating a tasteful home whose furnishings nourish our senses in a setting that is simple, comfortable, clean and free of clutter, and is other wise harmonious, is all about engaging with ‘the art of living a beautifully, balanced life’.
Wishing us all perfect health!