We have many senses to guide us through life....taste, smell, hearing, touch, sight. I have personally found that one sense will stand out strongly in different situations, however, when we are using them all together, sometimes there is a blur. We do not determine which sense is the strongest at determining the decisions and choices we make, because of outside distractions, and can often make incorrect choices because we are not tuned in to trusting our strongest sense for the situation.
Here is an example.....recently, we did a blind fold wine tasting to determine the wine we were choosing for an event we have coming up. It was fascinating to observe what people thought was their favorite with their eyes open, what the "label" looked like, who the wine was made by, etc., in comparison to what they chose blindfolded, by just trusting their sense of taste. A great exercise and reminder to be open and trust your inner sense.
This got me thinking about other areas of our lives. So many people live their lives on default...never questioning, never challenging or even thinking about the choices they are making. Simply going through the motions and being complacent, either because of "the way we have always done it" type of thinking, or just blindly following the masses opinion, or just not thinking for yourself.
Often, we convince ourselves that something is just fine the way it is....it is a default setting, not a true authentic feeling we have. If we take the time to go deeper, to get truly authentic with ourselves, we often find things that surprise us.
During our wine tasting, I had a wine that I preferred with my eyes open, as many did, prior to the tasting. When we were blindfolded, we let our sense of taste guide us. There was no right or wrong answer...the exercise was to get an honest answer on taste without any preconceived beliefs. I realized as most did, I had convinced myself of the taste of a wine without trusting my senses, which revealed something quite different. We also found our sense of smell was heightened and much different with our eyes closed. Our senses reveal truths, if we have the awareness to trust them.
I have also learned to tune into my sense of hearing. I speak with people all over the world in my business, and sometimes, there is someone with a thick accent, that I cannot understand. Several years ago, by accident, I was on a phone conversation, and to concentrate on what the person was saying, I closed my eyes. I found that with my eyes closed, there were no visual distractions and I could actually hear better. It was amazing to me that the only thing I had changed was closing my eyes to listen, and I could fully understand what this person was saying. When we shut off one sense, another becomes stronger.
In another example, I was was on a boat, looking out a window and saw another boat coming towards us. I pointed it out to my husband who was standing beside me, and he didn't see the boat. Who was right? Well we both were. It turns out the boat was actually behind us, but from where I was sitting, it was reflecting on the glass in front of me, which made it appear to be coming towards us. Where my husband was standing, the boat was not reflecting on the glass so he was also right, there was no boat. This taught me about perception, and we can't always trust what we see with our own eyes, because there can be another answer or truth to consider.
All too often we ignore or minimize our true feelings. We convince ourselves and others that everything is ok, and we believe it. But deep down inside there is often something pulling at us. We can't identify what it is, but something is not right. This leads to stress, anger, unhappiness, being unfulfilled, a lack of control feeling, sadness, etc.
This doesn't just apply to something as simple as wine tasting, or talking on the phone. These exercises are just a reminder of how powerful our senses are. It applies to our health, fitness, relationships, and careers. I have experienced myself ignoring those feelings in different aspects of my life. It was only when I was willing to get fully authentic with myself and discover the true answers from my heart and learn to really trust my senses, that I was able to purposely create what I wanted in my life. Otherwise, we are not living our truth.....
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