Thank you for reading this sentence. Before you think that your brain might be the first organ to process this information, I invite you to stop and think: Your EYES were first involved to identify letters and words and transmit this information to your brain.
Sounds like splitting hairs? Let’s have a closer look: If your eyes feel tired, the brain might get misperceptions or fragmented information and has to make up his own story to fill the gaps. Did you ever give your eyes credit for the miraculous job to translate complex visual information in photon language into electrical impulses and transmit those to your brain?
The brain is highly specialized to process ANY information that comes in from your senses, be it real or not.
Carl* was half asleep when he came in for a genius coaching session at 10 am last week: “I am just so tired.” His eyes looked restless and it turned out that he played video games for almost 2 hours this morning. Meaningless visual information a a fast pace and high intensity in a virtual and non-real world. His brain was still confused and his eyes refused to process more information at that time.
What does “Come to your Senses” really mean? Observing details that others don’t, hearing emotional expression in someone’s voice, noticing a subtle temperature change, a person’s low or high energy, a change in emotions, an intuitive sensation.
Sensory awareness means quick distinction without time-consuming mental analyzing. It is a valuable skill that can be trained and developed at any age. It helps you to find out quickly what you like and don’t like. It is a valuable asset that is frequently under-estimated.
And here is one more myth that needs to be busted and updated: The myth of 5 senses.
The reality: Just the skin alone has 5 different senses, the entire body has at least 12. What are those? How do you use them every day more effectively?