"Imagine how it feels to be up and outside early in the morning, when there"s light to the day but before the sun has fully risen. The air is crisp and smells fresh, the ground dewy. It"s quiet and the day feels new.When you breathe in, the air cools your nostrils and enlivens your lungs. You"re holding a hot beverage, coffee or tea. As you watch the steam rising from it, it warms your hands. Your eyes are still a little heavy from sleep, so you look around at your surroundings to wake them up. You take a sip of your warm drink and taste the familiar flavor. As you swallow, you hear soft birdsong and, in the distance, evidence you"re not the only one awake. You hear a truck drive past on the highway miles away. You take a deep breath in, sigh it out, turn around, and head to where you"re going.What else are you adding to this scene? Are there details I didn"t mention that fill in blanks and give meaning to what you"re imagining? Are you left with any lingering emotions? Do you know where you"re headed off to? It"s amazing to me how useful engaging our senses can be for our mind. Like a book or movie that"s grabbed your attention, you"re invested in the moment and temporarily freed from distractions. Have you ever been so engrossed in what you were doing you accidentally ignore someone who comes into the room and talks to you? Have you ever interrupted someone so engrossed, saying their name a few times before they look up and acknowledge you? It"s incredible!In a world where it"s easy to get distracted, sense engagement can be a helpful tool to focus and gather yourself into full presence. Or, like we did above, take a mental break into an imaginary space that makes you actually feel how you want to feel. At peace, amped up, curiousI mean, all I gotta do is imagine the Jock Jams soundtrack and I"m ready to ball. I don"t even know how to ball, but I"m ready for it."
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