We take in everything through our sense organs: eyes, nose, ears, skin, tongue – to give us taste, feel, hearing, smell and sight. Carefully selecting what surrounds us can add to our well-being. Obviously, if we are on a subway or driving or whatever, we cannot select what makes its way to our senses, but what we can select is what affects our senses in our personal spaces: homes, cars, workplaces.
We can create a comfort zone, in a sense, that helps when we have to process hardships, unspeakable things that go on in the world, social and political events that we are enraged at, sadness and hate. Countering the negative with things that give us pleasure can have an all-encompassing effect.
Beautiful food to taste? What would that be for you? Take time to think about this one. For me, fresh vegetables are so beautiful – I often say “I can put that in a vase!” Beautiful fabrics to touch (clothing, blankets). Beautiful soft fur of a kitten. Beautiful sounds to hear. What melodies, what music feeds your soul? A bird singing? Beautiful scents: natural essences, lavender, flowers in bloom, aromatic tea. Beautiful sights to see. Rather than just putting everything around, think about what you would like to see when you come into your home. What would you like to see in each room of your home? Whether it is color, items, fresh flowers, lemons, whatever! The intention is to “create” and “select” rather than haphazardly strewing things about.
We can create a way to counteract negative emotions that arise from external things we cannot control. Taking in the beauty around can help to balance it all. Keeping the inner smile alive as much as possible and allowing it to manifest in the smile on your face. I can think of no better way than to surround ourselves with beauty as it resonates within each of us individually, and through our senses creating subtle comfort to our brains. Each of the senses has different “mechanisms” that help to process the end “thought” in the brain. If it is something pleasing, the thought will transmit to a positive emotion.
Emotions such as joy, gratitude, serenity, love, hope all have a positive effect on our health in body and mind. So surround yourself with beauty whenever you can, as much as you can, and connect to the beauty whenever you can and as much as you can. Acknowledge the melody that you like and feel it making you feel good. Acknowledge the softness and warmth of the blanket with gratitude. Acknowledge the green of the vegetable and note how delicious it is. From engaging in the beauty- not just noticing it - good feelings arise.
May you be happy. May you be free. May you be grateful for what you have and do not have. May you let go of things that do not serve you. May you have inner peace.
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