We delight in the five senses.
In writing we are told to show, don’t tell, and this includes description which invokes the senses: It is a cool and rainy day. You watch the rain as it drops, darkening tree branches, making puddles on the ground, and sprinkling dots on your window. Can you see and hear the rain outside your window?
With meditation, we are grounded in the senses, with continual reminders to come back to the breath, the feeling of the air in our nose, and to notice each part of our body, relaxing systematically as we scan from head to toe.
It is remarkable the knowledge that surrounds us, we are luck to have access to much of it. One little mind blowing bit of knowledge that I have learned recently is the idea that we not only have five senses, but twenty. This is the work of Dr. Wade Davis.
There are Five Platonic Senses
Sight – Visible light
Hearing – Vibrations in the air
Touch – Tactile contact
Taste – Chemical molecular
Smell – Olfactory molecular
But these are also recently recognized senses, which make twenty senses in all.
Balance – Kinesthetic geotropic
Vestibular – Repetitious movement
Temperature – Molecular motion
Pain – Nociception
Eidetic imagery – Neuroelectrical image retention
Magnetic – Feromagnetic orientation
Infrared – Long electromagnetic waves
Ultraviolet – Short electromagnetic waves
Ionic – Airborne ionic charge
Vomeronasal – Pheromonic sensing
Proximal – Physical closeness
Electrical – Surface charge
Barometric – Atmospheric pressure
Geogravimetric – Sensing mass and shape
Proprioception – Sensing body position/shape
And here is more on the topic from Tom Kanthak. This is the teacher whom I heard about all this.
How wonderful to be alive with all this knowledge and knowing there are so many different ways to experience, to sense.