When my body is relaxed and my mind is quiet, I become more aware of my senses. I am more engaged with life in a positive way and less trapped in my mental struggles. Tai chi and qigong helps me to achieve a sense of relaxation and a quiet mind.
The spiritual teacher Ishwar Puri said that we have 8 senses. The first 5 senses are the senses of sight (perception), hearing, touch, taste and smell. The 6th sense is intuition, which is our soul level awareness. The 7th sense is common sense. The 8th sense, which is the most important, is a sense of humor. We can laugh and play. Life doesn't have to be so serious when we come to our senses!
I am filled with wonder, gratitude and awe for the journeys we travel and for the teachers we meet along the way.