Ruling And Controlling The 5 Senses
Our 5 physical senses which are our organs of perception, play a vital role as we discharge responsibilities. They help us know the world. When we control and use them rightly, we experience peace and happiness. When we lose control, they start influencing our thoughts and decisions, and thereby create illusions, attachments and suffering. Each of us has the same amount of power and control over our senses. It’s all about our intent in using it. When we say it is difficult to rule over the senses, difficulty becomes a reality. We then become slaves to sense organs and deteriorate our quality of life.
1. Meditate daily to stop the wandering of mind and senses. You will experience bliss as your innate nature, and thereby go beyond the feelings that you experience through senses of sight, taste or touch.
2. Study spiritual wisdom every morning for 15 minutes to fill your mind with pure thoughts. Purity in the mind ensures purity in deeds. It’s only when the mind is weak that we give in to sensory pleasure, easily getting attracted to distractions and dependencies.
3. Use your sense organs with a consciousness that you are the ruler and controller. Gaining control over them needs to begin with your thoughts. Remind yourself – I eat only what is healthy for me…, I watch TV for … minutes, I spend … minutes on social media. Stick to your decision.
4. Consciously monitor your sense organs to give them the right direction. Even if they drift towards sensory pleasures like people, places and things, bring them back. Even if you fail, don’t give up.