Energy flows into and within our ears (sounds), eyes (forms), nose (aromas), tongue (taste), body (touch, emotions, sexuality), and mind (thoughts) and brings the world alive in our experience. Meditation trains us to be present with whatever unfolds in the senses instead of being caught up in the thinking mind that tears us away from the immediacy of lived experience.
Practice: “We begin with hearing, because this points to the natural quality of mindfulness. We don’t make the sounds come or go. We don’t have to identify them; we don’t have to manipulate them. We can hear sounds without having to make any effort to do so. The object of sound appears, and we’re present, we’re alert, we connect to it…”
~Sharon Salzberg’s Insight Meditation Kit
- The Dhammapada, Buddha, Gil Fronsdal (translator)
- Insight Timer
- Introduction to Meditation by Gil Fronsdal
- Somatic Descent by Reggie Ray
- Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu, Stephen Mitchell (translator)