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Life in Five Senses: How Exploring the Senses Got Me Out of My Head and Into the World
Life in Five Senses: How Exploring the Senses Got Me Out of My Head and Into the World | Gretchen Rubin
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The #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project discovers a surprising path to a life of more energy, creativity, luck, and love: by tuning in to the five senses. "Life in Five Senses invites us into the seismic shift toward a life grounded in sensation, vitality, and innate intelligence."--GLENNON DOYLE, author of Untamed "An inspiring and practical guide to living in the moment."--SUSAN CAIN, author of Bittersweet and Quiet For more than a decade, Gretchen Rubin had been studying happiness and human nature. Then, one day, a visit to her eye doctor made her realize that she'd been overlooking a key element of happiness: her five senses. She'd spent so much time stuck in her head that she'd allowed the vital sensations of life to slip away, unnoticed. This epiphany lifted her from a state of foggy preoccupation into a world rediscovered by seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and touching. In this journey of self-experimentation, Rubin explores the mysteries and joys of the five senses as a path to a happier, more mindful life. Drawing on cutting-edge science, philosophy, literature, and her own efforts to practice what she learns, she investigates the profound power of tuning in to the physical world. From the simple pleasures of appreciating the magic of ketchup and adding favorite songs to a playlist, to more adventurous efforts like creating a daily ritual of visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art and attending Flavor University, Rubin show us how to experience each day with depth, delight, and connection. In the rush of daily life, she finds, our five senses offer us an immediate, sustainable way to cheer up, calm down, and engage the world around us--as well as a way to glimpse the soul and touch the transcendent. Life in Five Senses is an absorbing, layered story of discovery filled with profound insights and practical suggestions about how to heighten our senses and use our powers of perception to live fuller, richer lives--and, ultimately, how to move through the world with more vitality and love.
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A perfect book to start the new year. Rubin works through one of her senses at a time, trying to enjoy each one to the fullest. She visits the Met in NYC each day. She tries a meal at a restaurant where you are blindfolded. She takes a class on developing your sense of smell. She discovers the taste & visual cues that bring her joy. I know I‘ll be putting some of these tips into practice as I try to deepen my appreciation of the world around me.

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LeslieO
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#nonfiction2023. My usual goal is one nonfiction per month. Crushed it! I have a couple “slow but steady” reads that have turned into just slow. So my goal this year is to finish a couple nonfiction chunksters. And that‘s it. #nonfiction24

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Shievad
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This is really about mindfulness, tuning into each of our five senses and living in the present. The exercises Rubin did to tune into her senses won‘t be practical for everyone but you can adapt them to your life and circumstances.

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LeslieO
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Morning reading on the deck with my new coffee cup. #summerreading #ThunderRoadBooks #happyplace

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After reading the tagged book, I decided to try my first sound bath meditation at the Buffalo Bayou Cistern. It was one of the most unique experiences. #weekendvibes

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This is a book for anybody who is seeking a grounding meditation or inspiring type of mindfulness. I loved the inspiration to enrich my life and connect to others more deeply through my five senses. It felt like free happiness and fulfillment in appreciating all of the beauty around us! As well as a call to intentionally curate an environment to nourish ourselves through our senses.

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Getting out of my head and into my body and the present moment is something I want to work on with intention. I relished Rubin‘s exploration of living a more engaged, embodied life by noticing and celebrating each of our five senses. What better way is there to really experience this vivid world? This book achieved what my favorite works of nonfiction do - it sparked my curiosity, creativity, and conversations. 🎧

ICantImReading On her website, you can also take a quiz to discover your most neglected sense and read ideas for how enhance it. (Mine is sight!) https://gretchenrubin.com/quiz/the-five-senses-quiz/ 13mo
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annahenke
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So excited to start listening to this one today!

TheBookgeekFrau Sounds interesting! 14mo
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