We say things like “wake up and smell the
coffee” or “stop and smell the roses.” In other words, take time to
engage with and absorb the beauty and wonder that surrounds us
every day. What allows us to do this is our senses.
As I often do, I go to my Merriam-Webster
dictionary app that is on my phone where I can quickly access it.
There I find a very long definition that contains 7 parts. That is
a lot even for Webster. Perhaps that is because there is so much
more depth to this concept that we realize. So let me provide a
short version of what is there:
1. A meaning conveyed or
2. [a list of clarifications]
a. The facility of perceiving by
means of sense organs
b. A specialized function or
mechanism (such as sight, hearing, smell,
taste or touch)
c. The sensory mechanisms…(such
as movement or thought)
3. Conscious awareness or
rationality – usually used in plural
a. Finally came to his senses
4. [a list of examples]
a. A particular sensation…
b. A definite but often vague
awareness or impression…
c. A motivating awareness
d. A discerning awareness and
Since this is not English
class, let’s get to how this can be applied to our everyday lives.
Now if you Google this you will find that some say we have many
more senses than just the basic five. And that is fun to explore
for sure. But here, I want to just focus on the basic five as in
the definition above and apply these senses to the different things
we encounter each day. Note that we seldom use only one of our
senses at a time.
For example, take
wine. It touches all five of our senses.
We see it: red, white, rose’.
We hear it: as we pour it into the glass and
swirl the glass to see the “legs”
We hear it: as it is being poured – if it is
champagne we see and hear the bubbles
We touch it: through the glass as we hold it –
most often cool to the touch
We taste it: as it enters our mouth and give
off those vague characteristics that I personally find hard to
We feel it: as is goes down your throat –
perhaps it tingles or give off heat, etc.
No wonder we like wine so much 😊.
One more example. We look
up at night and see the heavens above. We can’t hear
anything. We can’t touch anything, We can’t taste anything. We
can’t feel anything with our physical sensory like through our
No, we can only see it. And, yes,
feel something as with Webster’s fourth definition above. A
particular sensation, A definite but often vague awareness or
impression, A motivating awareness, A discerning awareness and
No wonder we are so
intrigued by outer space: filled with wonder, our curiosity on
So next time you go on a
walk, try determining which senses are being awakened. Be more
aware and appreciative. Smell the “roses”, hear the birds, touch a
tree, see the sun shining through the trees. Enjoy and absorb the
world around you. Relax, grow & glow!
P.S. If you want to do
more space exploration, I highly recommend the Sky View app. It
combines GPS and stored images and is really quite intriguing and
fun to play with. That is how I captured the picture