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Mindful : April 2017
By Carolyn Gimian Illustrations by Whooli Chen spring to life! meditate with your five senses Spring: the scent of apple blossoms, the chirping of birds, the riotous colors of tulips, the taste of fiddlehead ferns cooked in butter, the feel of new grass beneath bare feet—this idyllic picture is brought to you by your five senses! To be alive is miraculous. To truly appreciate life, we need to perceive, to feel—to sense our world. We rely on our sense organs (our eyes, ears, noses, tongues, skin) to be sensitive to light, vibra- tions, touch, or the very molecules that make up scents and tastes, and translate such stimuli into electrical signals that travel via the nervous sys- tem to areas in the brain. Those signals are then interpreted so we have fully formed perceptions. It truly is astounding that we can communi- cate so intimately and accurately with the world by means of our senses. Yet we tend to take our 40 mindful April 2017 discovery