SENSATIONAL SAVORING: A Guide to Daily Mindfulness Meditation
TASTE-FUL Experiences in Daily Life
by Michele Klink
Sensational experience lies ahead! In reflecting about my upcoming International Yoga Retreat to Japan, I was envisioning how best to guide this experience. Japan is an exotic land, with the most courteous people, that will appeal to your all of your senses. Wherever you travel, you can become uniquely stimulated by the sights and sounds all around. I will always remember the diverse, colorful clothes in Thailand. Exquisite aromas of the marketplace in Costa Rica. Verbose, loud people talking with hand gestures in Italy. Incense scent of the temples of India. Pleasant floral smells from gardens in France. Playful children in Vietnam. Roosters crowing at sunrise in Bali.
Sensory input can be so enjoyable until the senses are processing too much information. With an overload of sensory input, coupled with electronically based times, you can get overstimulated. Overwhelm can set in. My vision for Japan is to have the outer sensory input bring us into the present moment of peaceful savoring and contented joy. Ultimately, we will return home, not only infused with unforgettable experiences, but also with a daily Mindfulness Meditation practice!
What is this key to move out of overwhelm and toward sensational contentment? A shift in perspective is all that is needed. Rather than being bombarded by distractions, noise and extraneous information, start to notice what your senses take in. Then, allow the sensory input to guide you toward a focus. Be still, be present and choose ONE sense (taste, touch, sight, sound, smell). Just pick one. Then, mindfully direct your attention to a specific present moment experience of that one sense. Tune out all extra stimuli and clearly direct your attention to one specific thing. For example, sitting a noisy restaurant, select to hear one pleasant noise. Listen to the background music or the rain patter outside. Savor the pleasant sound amidst the overriding noise.
When you become mindful of individual moments, you are capable of savoring the fullness of ANY moment. Life takes on a curious and insightful new meaning. You can enjoy the sacredness of life experiences through the senses. Insights arise naturally from deeper realms due to this other angle of focus. Meditation, anytime and anywhere, becomes accessible, whether bombarded by the social distractions or in a peaceful serene place. Imagine if you were capable of doing this…learning to savor moments of mindfulness…readily, innately and more often?
Let’s take a stroll with one of the five senses and learn how to practice awareness through everyday sensory experiences. The key practice to begin with is to take a DEDICATED 2 MINUTES of MINDFULNESS. Set a timer! It is best not to be random about it as your mind will wander off in distraction. It has to start as a dedicated practice. Let’s choose TASTE. For 2 minutes, mindfully choose ONE flavor of your meal to eat (the carrot in the salad) or when sipping a warm beverage. TASTE the experience of the temperature in the mouth, what part of the tongue do you notice, notice texture, the after taste, etc. Pause and witness the unfolding of your experience for 2 minutes. Do this at least 3 times per day, at each meal, and even with an in-between snack. This simple daily practice, 6 minutes of Taste Mindfulness Meditation, will bring you to deeper meaning and fulfillment with food. Trust me on this. Silence is golden and focus is foundational. Turn off the myriad of outside input to tune in to one sensory experience.
Let’s do this together and appreciate Japan in a savoring, contented and transformative way. Join Michele Klink for Mindful Savoring of Yoga and Culture in Japan. You will experience an intimate encounter with Japan and take it all in through the senses. Learn Mindfulness Meditation in a unique way. Learn to spiritually sip your tea, peacefully linger with bells or waterfalls, or joyfully experience colors. This will not be your ordinary sightseeing tour. It will be an impactful, fulfilling unforgettable journey. You will awaken your senses and learn to appreciate the simplicity and beauty of the exotic Land of the Rising Sun. Visit Japan with Michele this October 2019, CLICK HERE form MORE
I would also love to hear about the outcome with your Dedicated 2 Minutes of Savoring Mindfulness Practice. For me, it is life-transforming and worth every minute of it.