Sunday, June 24, 2012

Celebration of the Senses Day


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By Terry Orr

Celebration of the Senses Day is a day to step beyond our normal sensory perceptions and take the time to exercise your latent senses. Unlike animals, people tend to over-rely on our vision to process information, or are simply too busy to stop and fully perceive the environment around us. In our distracted lifestyles, we many times overlook the distinct qualities of new objects or even things we interact with day. Try the following as a starting point for Celebration of the Senses Day:

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Go outside and close your eyes; listen to the sounds, feel the breezes and try to pick up on outdoor scents:

  • In your home (away from stairs) close your eyes and try to navigate to different rooms;
  • Close your eyes and have someone take objects from the refrigerator and see if you can guess the items by their smell;
  • Turn on music that you normally don't listen to and sit down with nothing else to distract you (no games or reading material) fully take in the music. Try to pick out the different instruments used;
  • Take a normal, everyday object that you've seen a thousand times, and take a really close look at it. Use a magnifying glass to look closely. Close your eyes and feel its texture; and
  • Have a type of food you've never had before. Close your eyes as you eat it.

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One of my all-time favorite movies in “City of Angels” and the scene that I love is describing the pear (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHckzPJuPKw ). 

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Extrasensory perception (ESP) involves reception of information not gained through the recognized physical senses but sensed with the mind. The term was coined by Frederic Myers, and adopted by Duke University psychologist J. B. Rhine to denote psychic abilities such as telepathy, clairaudience, and clairvoyance, and their trans-temporal operation as precognition or retro cognition. ESP is also sometimes casually referred to as a sixth sense, gut instinct or hunch, which is a historical English idiom. It is also sometimes referred to as intuition. The term implies acquisition of information by means external to the basic limiting assumptions of science, such as that organism can only receive information from the past to the present. 

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