How to take care of your 5 senses
Why is it so important to take care of your senses? According to Ayurveda, the 5 senses: hearing, sight, smell, touch and taste are the organs used for perception of reality. They have a truly crucial role! They are the ones who collect information from the outside world and transmit it through our ears, eyes, nose, skin and tongue. They are therefore the bridge between our inner world and the world around us.
In Ayurveda, sensory impressions are considered crucial to health. Just as the food we eat creates our bodily tissues, our sensory impressions determine the quality of our thoughts and emotions and help us regulate our nervous system and sleep quality.
Our sense organs are sometimes overused, underused or misused, and in all these cases, our emotional, physical and spiritual health will be impaired. So how can we take care of our senses?
The Ayurvedic routine gives us magical tools to take care of them on a daily basis, to acknowledge them and to become more aware of them, which is a great start. Try theses tips for the well being of your 5 senses!
In the morning:
- Clean your face and the contour of your eyes with clear water
- Clean your nose with a neti-pot and put sesame or nasya oil (one drop in each nostril)
- Scrape your tongue and drink a large glass of warm water
- Massage yourself with hot oil as often as possible
- Put some sesame oil in your ears (to nourish the organ, protect from the wind and calm the nervous system)
During the day:
- Take regular breaks and observe how you stimulate or underuse each of your senses
- Get away from the computer regularly and do yoga of the eyes: move your eyes consciously and slowly in all directions with a calm breath
- Vary the kind of music you listen to (rock, jazz, classical, relaxing music, nature sounds…) and alternate with periods of silence
- Do not hesitate to explore the essential oils and odors that make you feel good: lavender, rose, jasmine, eucalyptus, lemon and their effects on you.
- Make sure you have all kinds of taste in your meals (salty, sweet, astringent, bitter, spicy and sour)
- Observe your words. Are they necessary, calm, fair? What is your flow and even what are the qualities of your thoughts?
To explore further:
- Consider a day of silence (no speech, no screen, no phone)
- Try a one-day fast or simply a mono-diet of kitchari for one to three days
- Go on a retreat in nature to recharge your senses of hearing, smell and sight
- Explore music therapy, aromatherapy