There is a natural rhythm to our senses, always shifting and re-balancing. What we are constantly in contact with shifts our awareness. The more consistent the sense input the less awareness we have. It is our an internal protection.
My dad and I stopped by a bakery one day and as we chatted with the baker she mentioned the bakery no longer smelled like fresh doughnuts to her. The longer she has worked there the less she smells the bakery scents.
It is not just scent either; sound has the same diminishing quality. Have you ever lived by a train track? At first, those trains rattle your home and your brain. But over time something peculiar happens, we all start to tune out the consistent. A few years ago, my father in law asked me if we got many airplanes flying over our home. I said, no, I don't think too much. But as I then paused and listened, sure enough one was flying over our home that very minute!! Amazing- our senses are amazing!
The same thing happens with our vision. What we see all the time, we stopped seeing. Have you ever looked for something- everywhere you search without success? And then someone looks for you and what you were searching for was right in front of you the whole time. The longer something sits, the more it becomes the backdrop and no longer present to us.
Our senses, that give us so much, also protect us by taking away. If you want to see your life clearly, you must clear out what has become background noise, daily scents and composted possessions.
As the New Year appears, kindly look at what has become consistent in your life, your every days, your things that have sat in place for over a year. Dust them off, move them completely out of their entrenched space and see what happens. Let go of what has become background noise. Let go of your stagnate spaces. Breathe life into your days again. Maybe some of your background noise needs to move on. Let it go out of your home and life with gratitude.
The New Year brings a fresh start and if you want to see it clearly, re-spark your senses. Start with a clean slate, a fresh canvas. Sometimes what you have been looking for has been sitting right in front of you the whole time. Keeping your life fresh and alive requires movement and change. Let the gift of your senses start to shine again.