Paying attention to sensory information helps you learn to be fully present. In this practice you simply experience sensory phenomena, you do not analyze or even name what you are experiencing. Naming can set in motion a train of thought that pulls you out of the moment.
For example, if Pala, who loves to smell things, sniffs Al’s neck and gets a whiff of his musky cologne, she savors it through her nostrils, enjoying the pleasure she receives from this aroma—a big “mmmm”. She does not sniff it and then think, “Mmmm—Jovan Musk, I love that smell. It smells so good on Al. I wonder if my brother would like it too. I could get him some for Christmas. ..” Read more . . .