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Seeing Things as They Really Are

5 Senses

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So many of us are too busy thinking of what to do or say next that we do not pay attention to what is happening in front of us.  When we really see and hear this and pick up on what  is being communicated or what is really going on, we can make better decisions then if we jump to conclusions and react to what we think is going on before we give it a chance to unfold.

Recently after spending time learning to meditate in the past year or two, I have noticed that I am more in the moment when something is going on in front of me and notice things that I failed to notice before.  Too often we see what we think we are seeing even if that is not what is going on.  The act of perception is often a filter which keeps us from taking in what is really going on.

We spend too much time thinking when we ought to be receiving information from our senses which we can then use to create a picture of what is going on when we have all the information.  Endless mind chatter can block and/or distort information coming in from our senses.  If we don’t have the whole picture,  how can we come to accurate conclusions.

Have you ever been so angry that you couldn’t see straight.  Have you then been mistakenly rude to someone who made an innocent remark?  You weren’t thinking clearly were you?

When you are not overcome with emotion and your mind is quiet, you can focus on what is going on around you.  You might be surprised at what you might have been missing.  Others who are able to do this often have an advantage when it comes to understanding and interpreting what is going on around them.

 

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Perception

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We are limited by our senses in the ways that we can perceive the world.  We can see, hear, taste, touch, and smell.  We also can feel hot or cold.  Yet, there are other things going on in the world that we can not perceive directly.  We now know that there are such things as electric currents and magnetic fields.  We do not know these things directly but we can use the senses that we do have to monitor them indirectly.

We are limited also by what we are taught from birth.  Everyone is usually exposed to different cultures, religions, and/or belief systems.  We often see, hear, taste, smell, and feel what we expect to experience based on what we have been told.

All senses perceive a broad spectrum of physical qualities and do to training and experience we may focus on a certain portion of that range.  Our brains are very adaptive and areas of the brain which are receptors for certain sensations may be atrophied through disuse or enhanced by use.  Thus people from different parts of the world can perceive it differently with more or less sensitivity.

DNA may determine which sense a person or animal favors and/or how well they can use them.  It would make sense that chefs are more sensitive to tastes and smells than musicians and musicians are more sensitive  to sounds.  I lived in a student living facility where one of the students living there constantly complained about a high pitched sound that the rest of us living there couldn’t hear.  Also dogs and especially certain breeds are very sensitive to smell and can discriminate between many different kinds of smells that humans can’t differentiate among or even in many cases can’t detect.

What is going on out there in our world that we haven’t learned to detect yet?  What are other living organisms able to sense that we are not able to sense?  Will we be able to confirm the existence of extrasensory perception in the future?

 

 

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