We live in a world where bombardment of the senses has become the norm.

Running through the park, music blaring through headphones. Walking while writing a text. A barrage of advertisement after advertisement. The relentlessness of email and social media. And so on.

What is the effect of this overload?

Could the senses begin to lose their ability to sense? Could perception be reduced by continual exposure to the grosser layers of life? And if the senses become dull, what is being missed? What is the cost of only being able to detect the loudest and the most obvious?

– the subtle cues of nature that are our guides are not available, so we miss opportunities and end up going down the wrong path
– the body has to scream at us before we take notice, so we don’t see the early warning signs
– we can’t handle the demands of life in a smooth way, so we become anxious and unsettled
– the beauty of the small things in life pass us by, so we miss out on the celestial layers of life

Perhaps instead…
Build in time to counter-balance the ruckus. Take time each day to settle down the mind and body, tune in to the subtle cues of nature and let the senses deliver the beauty of the world to you.

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