Is it Time for a Sensory Cleanse?
What is coming from outside of you to the inside of you through your five
senses influences every aspect of your life.
If you're feeling stuck, tired, anxious or angry; having feelings of sadness,
worry, digestive disturbance or pain in the body, how you’re being
influenced by your senses may be the reason.
Keep in mind our senses enable us to interact with life. Our senses are like
antennas picking up cues from the outside world, governing our emotional
responses. Have you ever done a sensory cleanse? If you want to reboot
your hormones, emotional health, recharge your nervous system and
increase creativity try these simple strategies.
Sense of Taste
Eat bland food for a week and remove salt, oil and sugar to reduce
cravings, allowing for the taste buds to reboot. Give your gut a break.
Notice what you have a taste for; such as fine things, or if you have a sour
or metallic taste in your mouth. Tasteful talk means kind and skillful
Sense of Touch
Wear cotton or silk clothes so that your skin can breathe. You will feel
lighter, your skin will feel softer and you will gain energy. Take your shoes
off and feel the nature under your feet. Walk on dirt or sand. Go barefoot on
the grass, step into a stream or find a nice smooth rock to cool your feet.
You can even lie on your back and raise your legs up a wall to let the soles
of your feet face up to the heavens.
Sense of Sight
Limit the amount of screen time. Leave your phone at home, give your
computer a bedtime. Stay off of television. Meditate with your eyes closed
and focused up or meditate on a candle flame. You can also use an eye
mask to reduce light when sleeping. Enhance your living space with soft
Sense of Sound
Try humming to reduce stress and stimulate the vagus nerve; play
delightful or classical music with no words in your house even when you
are not home. Take a day off from complaining. Speak only warm and
tender words. Or try taking a day of silence. If outside sounds are
disturbing your environment when you sleep, try a white noise machine or
listen to 432 or 528 hertz sound frequency.
Sense of Smell
Aromatherapy is a wonderful mood enhancer. Whether it is from your
garden like jasmine or roses or essential oils diffused throughout your
home can have a powerful effect on the environment such as cleansing
and enhancing the air. Take time to breathe in good clean air from those
two holes in the center of your face. Mountain air, rivers and the ocean
have wonderful cleansing and healing abilities.
Karen Barbarick-Collins is a Certified Ayurvedic Technician and Wellness Coach as well as a Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher. She is the founder of Bending Blade Healing Arts.