While there are many mysteries our basic senses can not prove, they do provide us with a pretty clear picture of the physical world. I hear, I see, I touch, I taste, I smell, therefore I am. Each of us uses our senses to help us make decisions, to formulate opinions and to navigate through our day to day affairs. We have likes and dislikes, things that make us happy and sad. We laugh when we hear certain things and we remember events that took place long ago when we smell certain aromas. Seeing pictures of loved ones can invoke feelings of warmth, security and love.
What sorts of things appeal to your senses? What are some of your cherished memories? Here are a few of mine.
- the satiny smooth feel of good paper and soft leather
- clean crisp air-bleached sheets
- the dirty smell of rain in the air
- the ring of church bells on a quiet Sunday morning
- the Saturday morning sound and smell of grass being mown
- the earthy taste of mushrooms
- the fresh apple smell of a baby's breathe
- golden rays of sunshine stabbing the earth in the early morning
- the head prickling nose snorting rush you get from egg rolls dipped in horseradish sauce
- cicada songs on hot summer nights
- thumb sucking babies
- the soft enveloping feel of air before rain
- leaves rustling in the wind
- a train whistle's lonesome cry in the darkness of night
- the sky and its many moods
- the gentle eyes of a kind man
- a child's smile of understanding and wonder
- the soft sleeping inhalation and exhalation of a loved one
- the soul stirring realization of the unknowable immensity of the God of the Universe
Now it's your turn. What appeals to your senses?