The nervous system has a specific organ devoted to each of our five senses: Sight, Hearing, Taste, Smell, and Touch.
Can you hear a sparrow twittering outside, feel the softness of an Amish quilt, detect the fragrance of your favorite tea or brew of coffee? Three of your senses are having a field-day.
An aroma can catapult me back to the past. To my childhood. For instance, I still love the smell of mothballs; they remind me of my grandma’s attic in Litchfield County, CT. The core of her house was pre-revolutionary, a myriad of aromas. Unfortunately, the barn was later struck by lightning and burned.
“I love the smell of coffee,” a man recently told me, “but I hate the taste.” True story. Are you the same way?
Tasting cinnamon toast like my mother made every day after school reminds me of her and fills me with peace. The benefits of chocolate could be a whole blog post.
I have a keen sense of smell, but a dog’s nose is 1,000 to 10,000 times more capable than mine. I wonder what a dog living on an Amish farm smells. An embroidery of freshly baked bread, drying corn stalks, livestock odors, and manure. Can’t escape that. I don’t mind it. Do you?
And sounds? Hearing a horse’s clip-clopping transports me to Lancaster County, PA. The laughter of water dancing in a creek takes me to my parents’ summer cabin and the many hours fly-fishing on the Stillaguamish River with my father.
Is your main learning style visual? You’re in the majority. I keep framed photos around the house to remind me of fond memories, and my kids and grandkids, and statues by my mother, a sculptress, abound. As for the sense of touch, I’m happiest wearing comfy clothes with elastic waistbands and sleeping between sheets that have been washed a thousand times.
Do you believe some have a sixth sense, also known as extrasensory perception (ESP)? Or do you consider ESP nonsense?
Which sense do you rely on the most?
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