senses: Rule over your senses – The Economic Times

Clipped from: https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/opinion/speaking-tree/rule-over-your-senses/articleshow/94105154.cms

Synopsis

Each one of us has the same amount of power and control over our senses. When we say it is difficult to rule over the senses, we become slaves to sense organs. To effectively control your sense organs, you need to adhere to some simple steps and practices: Meditate daily to stop the mind and senses from wandering. You will experience bliss when you are centred in your innate nature.

We have five physical senses that are our organs of perception. They play a vital role as we discharge our responsibilities. They help us know the world. When we control and use them judiciously, we experience peace and happiness. When we lose control, they start influencing our thoughts and decisions, and, thereby, create illusions, attachments and suffering.

Each one of us has the same amount of power and control over our senses. When we say it is difficult to rule over the senses, we become slaves to sense organs. To effectively control your sense organs, you need to adhere to some simple steps and practices:

Meditate daily to stop the mind and senses from wandering. You will experience bliss when you are centred in your innate nature.

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 and easily become prone to distractions and dependencies.

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 spend limited time on social media’. Stick to your decision.

Consciously monitor your sense organs to give them the right direction. Even if they drift towards sensory pleasures – people, places and things – bring them back. Even if you fail, don’t give up.

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