Many thanks to The Best You Magazine for carrying my “Sensory Pursuits” article in this month’s edition (August, pp.11-12): http://issuu.com/thebestyou/docs/the_best_you_august_2015
The ability to connect more closely with our senses is related to the capacity to be more deeply and consciously aware of the moment. Being in the moment is something that’s recommended as a practice by many authors and spiritual paths – not only by proponents of Tantra. This awareness of the present is something that differs from the self-absorbed intensity of the ego-centric consciousness. By this I mean that at a certain stage in the development of our human consciousness, we’re highly identified with our personalities and will most likely consider our self to equate with our rational mind. During this stage, we may well experience a distinct sense of separateness and can be easily swayed, or even overwhelmed, by thoughts and emotions that we appear to have little control over. Awareness of the present moment, as recommended by Tantra and spiritual teachers like Eckhart Tolle, is a technique that enables us to respond to this human reality. It encourages us to access the stillness and peacefulness that’s an innate part of our being when the rational mind is kept out of the equation. Moreover, it provides us with a means to connect more deeply with our senses so that we can experience situations in heightened and more meaningful ways.
Sam Red, 4 July 2015.
I remember being totally struck one year by a woman I met when I was on holiday in France. She seemed to be deeply appreciative of each and every thing she was experiencing. At the breakfast table in the gîte, where all the guests ate together in the morning, she would extol the virtues of the jam and the bread made by the owner. It was clear she could savour the tastes and smells to an extent that far surpassed the experience of the rest of us. She also regularly referred to the beauty of the surrounding gardens, making detailed comments about the vegetation that clearly indicated she had noticed, and hugely appreciated, an array of flowers, garden ornaments, etc. It was captivating to see and hear her. I felt in awe of her – grateful to her. My partner of the time didn’t feel that way at all. He complained that: “She’s so exaggerated!” But, for me, I immediately recognised something very unique in that woman – the ability to deeply appreciate the inputs her sensory organs were offering her. The memory of her has remained in my mind for over a decade. At the time I didn’t know about Tantra (although I was on a spiritual path). Now, I would most certainly identify her as a person who was capable of living her life tantrically. Seeing her ability to connect with her senses, I became profoundly aware of how cut off I was from my own. Well, no more cut off than the majority of persons, perhaps. Continue reading