Using your senses to be present.
Updated: Jul 27, 2018
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Whenever you notice your mind wandering you are practicing #mindfulness.
It's common to use the breath or body to bring your focus back to the present moment.
You can use the the world around you to do this too. Noticing the changing landscape, cityscape, architecture and the people around you can help to keep you in the present moment.
Taking a walk is one of my favourite ways to use all my senses to #notice the environment around me and keep my mind in the present moment.
I notice so much more when I am aware and using my senses, I notice small things and I notice the beauty that is everywhere.
Sight - the houses, their shapes, colours and gardens, garden ornaments and changing landscapes.
Sound - kids playing, laughing, dogs barking, traffic, near and far, birdsong.
Smell - perfume from plants or the smokey smell from a fire in winter, a delicious dinner cooking.
Taste - the freshness of the morning or the balminess of the summer evening as it enters my nose and into my throat.
Touch - the temperature of the air on my skin, the contact of my feet on the ground, my clothing where it touches my body.
Using your senses in this way is easy to do and you can do this anytime, anywhere.