During this beautiful time of the year I find myself combining my meditation with my daily walk(s). This month I think about the five senses: sight, smell, touch, hearing and taste. When I get to the top of the hill, I stand very still and explore myself and my world through my senses.
Of course the sight part is easy, but looking up into these trees, identifying singular leaves, fully seeing the tree both in parts and as its whole that fills my spirit.
The scents in the woods are transitory. This past few weeks it has been honeysuckle - filling the air with its beautiful scent. Now the sweet spire is in bloom and to savor its delicate scent I have to pause for a moment.
I touch a leaf, or cradle a delicate bloom in my hand.
Photo by Tom Baugh
I listen carefully to the birds but I also strain to hear all those insects living on and beneath the forest plants. I know they are there and I know they must be making the teeniest, tiniest sounds.
Lastly, taste, and this happens when I get home and settle down with a cup of tea, thinking about what lives all around me each and every day. Savoring the spirits of my senses.
"All our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason. There is nothing higher than reason." - Immanuel Kant