Mindful☼Mondays: The Ecology of Perception

“This has become a very basic insight to me: that our bodily senses, left to their own devices, are inherently animistic; that sensory perception is participatory; that the senses are gregarious organs that actively participate in the surrounding terrain; and that when we speak of the world around us as a set of objects or objective mechanical processes, we actually frustrate our senses and force our awareness to withdraw from our skin and from our eyes and our ears, and we climb up into our heads and live in a set of verbal abstractions—because the human animal cannot help but experience the world as animate and alive through and through.”

– David Abram, “The Ecology of Perception”, interview with @emergencemagazine

This Monday we’re reminding you that when you feel overwhelmed with responsibilities, with grief, when you feel uncomfortable, sad, and stressed, you are often living in your headspace rather than your body space.

Today, choose one sense to focus on. Perhaps you choose smell. Throughout your day notice the smells around you. Both urban and “natural”, good and bad, strong and soft. Be present with your body and with this sense, accept what it brings to you.

What more are you able to notice once you climb down from your headspace?

Come engage your senses with us for our next Thrive: EcoGrief and Anxiety Circle on June 27th from 11am – 12:30pm.

Photo by @animate.earth

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