Sunday, July 24, 2016
Sensory Medicine ~
The healing power of sound, music and soothing sounds, can help maintain biological rhythms and overall balance, whereas prolonged exposure to very loud or unpleasant sounds can cause potentially damaging stress.
Touch can also stimulate emotional responses that can contribute to vitality. Skin is the largest organ on the body, laden with nerve receptors and immune modulators. If you don't indulge in regular bodywork, you should at least integrate the flow of energy and circulation throughout the body with a circulation/self massage technique.
Our sight gives us the most volume of perceptual stimuli, and the sense most prone to being overloaded. Spending time in nature, surrounding yourself with soothing colors, and limiting exposure to computer screens, i-phones, TV's, and movies can translate into greater energy, throughout the day.
The sense of taste is one of the cornerstones of good health. If we incorporate the six tastes ~ bitter, astringent, pungent, salty, sweet and sour ~ in our daily tasting experience, we will improve digestion and immunity, besides curbing hunger and cravings. Plus, we'll add a little "spice" to the way we live.
Smell can have a potent effect on our mind/body system. An aroma can trigger deep-seated memories in vivid ways that often surprise us. The olfactory nerve carries its information to the limbic part of the brain, which regulates behavior and emotions. Smell in the form of aromatherapy can be used for most imbalances.
By treating the senses as the gateway to our inner pharmacy, we can tap into the most profound source of healing imaginable ~ our own consciousness...
Think of your senses as portals through which we ingest the raw materials of our world and create our picture of reality. Our health depends on the positive input of our five senses, as much as it does on nurturing/nourishing food. What nourishes our soul nourishes your body. Take care to seek out moments of joy and beauty, which are the gifts that our senses continually provide.
Of course, you can also increase your 6th sense, by practicing daily meditative and affirmation practices, deep breathing and yoga exercises ~ helping you to become present in the situation, which brings focus and heightened awareness ~ of your own intuition. Regular meditation is proven to slow down the rate at which certain areas of the brain thin with age.
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