Obsolete: Discerning the Environment

See: Exercises: Discerning the Environment

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Reference: Mindfulness Approach

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Here you employ all your five physical senses—touch, sight, hearing, smell and taste—to carefully perceive your physical environment.

This exercise shall extrovert your attention. It will pull you out of any mental confusion or disturbance..

You do this exercise under the discipline of mindfulness. Under this discipline you do not avoid, resist, suppress, deny or interfere with the activity of the mind. Simply do the exercise without getting distracted by the mind.

You may do these exercises yourself, or have somebody help you do them.

NOTE: A person, who is afflicted by neurosis or psychosis, shall definitely need assistance in doing this exercise. He or she should be assisted with considerable gentleness and patience.

The sense of touch, when exercised, can bring considerable relief even to a person who is completely disconnected with reality.

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EXERCISE # 1: TOUCH

PURPOSE: To exercise the perception of touch.

GUIDING PRINCIPLE: The Discipline of Mindfulness

COMMAND: “Touch that ______.”

STEPS:

  1. Go to an environment where you can exercise your sense of touch without getting distracted.

  2. Put attention on the command, “Touch that ______.”

  3. Touch the objects and surfaces available in that environment. 

  4. Discern each touch carefully for its uniqueness.

  5. Let the mind continue with its activity without interference.

  6. Do this exercise for the duration of a 20 minutes session. Do as many sessions as necessary to complete this exercise.

  7. The exercise is completed when you find yourself doing it happily without internal resistance.

STEPS FOR ASSISTED VERSION:

  1. The guide gently directs the student by pointing: “Touch that ______.”

  2. If the student hesitates, the guide gently takes the student’s hand and makes it touch the intended object or surface.

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EXERCISE # 2: SIGHT

PURPOSE: To exercise the perception of sight.

GUIDING PRINCIPLE: The Discipline of Mindfulness

COMMAND: “Look at that ______.”

STEPS:

  1. Go to an environment where you can exercise your sense of sight with shapes and colors without getting distracted.

  2. Put attention on the command, “Look at that ______.”

  3. Look at the objects in the environment for their shapes and colors. 

  4. Discern each visual perception carefully for its uniqueness.

  5. Let the mind continue with its activity without interference.

  6. Do this exercise for the duration of a 20 minutes session. Do as many sessions as necessary to complete this exercise.

  7. The exercise is completed when you find yourself doing it happily without internal resistance.

STEPS FOR ASSISTED VERSION:

  1. The guide gently directs the student by pointing: “Look at that ______.”

  2. If the student hesitates, the guide gently directs the student’s attention  again to look at the intended object.

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EXERCISE # 3: HEARING, SMELL & TASTE

PURPOSE: To exercise the perceptions of hearing, taste and smell.

GUIDING PRINCIPLE: The Discipline of Mindfulness

COMMANDS: “Hear that ______,” “Smell that ______,” “Taste that ______.”

STEPS:

  1. Go to a coffee shop where the atmosphere is pleasant and relaxed. You may order a drink and/or snack.

  2. Put attention on the commands, “Hear that ______,” “Smell that ______,” “Taste that ______,” one at a time as appropriate.

  3. Hear, smell or taste things in the environment per the command. 

  4. Discern each perception carefully for its uniqueness.

  5. Let the mind continue with its activity without interference.

  6. Do this exercise for the duration of a 20 minutes session. Do as many sessions as necessary to complete this exercise.

  7. The exercise is completed when you find yourself doing it happily without internal resistance.

STEPS FOR ASSISTED VERSION:

  1. The guide gently directs the student by pointing: “Hear that ______,” “Smell that ______,” “Taste that ______,” one at a time as appropriate.

  2.  If the student hesitates, the guide gently directs the student’s attention by giving the command again.

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EXERCISE # 4: PHYSICAL ORIENTATION

PURPOSE: To exercise one’s orientation in the environment.

PREREQUISITE: This is a higher level exercise. If you are having trouble on this exercise, then practice the above three exercises some more.

GUIDING PRINCIPLE: The Discipline of Mindfulness

COMMAND: “Get the idea of the direction and distance of _______.”

STEPS:

  1. Go to an environment where you can exercise your sense of orientation without getting distracted.

  2. Put attention on the command, “Get the idea of the direction and distance of ______.”

  3. Get an idea of the direction and distance of that object compared to other nearby objects. 

  4. Discern each direction and distance carefully for its uniqueness.

  5. Let the mind continue with its activity without interference.

  6. Do this exercise for the duration of a 20 minutes session. Do as many sessions as necessary to complete this exercise.

  7. The exercise is completed when you find yourself doing it happily without internal resistance.

STEPS FOR ASSISTED VERSION:

  1. The guide gently directs the student by pointing: “Get the idea of the direction and distance of ______.”

  2. If the student hesitates, the guide gently directs the student’s attention again to estimate the intended direction and distance.

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Comments

  • Dan  On February 13, 2017 at 3:28 PM

    It seems that one could do these exercises by oneself unless I have missed something.

  • dankoon  On February 13, 2017 at 3:29 PM

    It seems to me that one could do these exercises by oneself, no?

    • vinaire  On February 13, 2017 at 5:25 PM

      Normally a person should be able to do these exercises by onself. I specifically recommend these three exercises for those who are unable to do the exercises provided in the last two chapters.

      I am assuming that a person who is unable to do exercises of the last two chapters may need some assistance on doing these exercises.

      I shall add this explanation to the chapter above.

  • vinaire  On February 25, 2017 at 6:16 PM

    I have updated this article to fully align with the earlier articles. I have changed its title from “Focusing Attention” to “Rehabilitating Attention”. The exercises are also revised to be done by oneself or with the assistance of a guide.

  • vinaire  On March 9, 2017 at 4:30 AM

    I have changed the order of the chapters. So these are the very first exercises. I have also changed the title to ‘Rehabilitating Physical Perceptions’.

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  • vinaire  On March 9, 2017 at 4:40 AM

    The very first exercise of discerning the perception of touch is the key. It may even revive a person, such as a psychotic, who is totally out of his mind. That may require the assistance of a guide. But given a continuous calm environment, nutritious food, and regular application of this exercise, psychosis may be resolved.

    Psychosis is simply the extreme turbulence of the mind. The sense of touch allows something stable to hold on to.

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