Sensory Meditation focuses on taking in the world around you using one or combination of your senses. By allowing yourself to be present in a sensory experience and focusing on the object of attention, it develops a deeper awareness by allowing you to quiet the mind and expand the consciousness.
Meditating, even if it is by immersing oneself in a sensory experience rather than using a more traditional style of meditation, moves the mind from activity to a state of stillness in the present moment. Sensory Meditation usually include a combination of senses but often there will be one main focus.
Aroma Meditation: the object of attention is fragrances such as essential oils or incense, or even a freshly brewed cup of tea, with a focus on the nose and the gentle breath moving in and out of the nostrils. A walk in nature, such as in a forest with pine or cedar, is a wonderful way to practice Aroma Meditations. We obviously can’t bring a forest inside, but we have some lovely earthy essential oils that can make you feel as if you are in one.
Auditory Meditation: the object of attention is sound. While it can include simply listening to a relaxing selection of music where one can lose oneself in the melody or connect on an emotional level to the lyrics, it can also include binaural beats, drowning everything out with white noise, focusing on a metronome, playing a keyboard, or learning how to do a relaxing Music Meditation with any genre of music.
Tasting Meditation: the object of attention is food, with the focus being on the taste, texture, consistency, and temperature of foods. Depending on the selection, this may include items that are sweet, sour, or salty. All consumable items at Healing Vibrations are vegan-friendly. Selection varies by appointment. Please advise the practitioner prior your session if you have any food allergies or sensitivities, diabetes, or other conditions that may restrict the foods you can safely consume.
Touch Meditation: the object of attention is both touch and sensation, with the focus being on items that heighten the tactile and proprioceptive senses. This includes using items such as weighted blankets, a vibration mat, gel balls, mala prayer beads, stuffed animals, and various textured implements.
Visual Meditation: the object of attention is the eyes, with the focus being on items that can hold the visual attention, such as candles, calming videos, colouring, the use of coloured lights, or virtual reality scenes (VR is coming soon!).