Most people use all the senses when going about daily life but overall, the mind will prefer one and use it more than the rest. So, if a person’s prominent sense is visual, they will see life by observing other people and what is also around them. Someone whose has the favoured sense auditory will hear life through the words spoken and sounds made by people. And for those who feel life through emotions and atmospheres created by others it the sense known as kinaesthetic which leads them.
Senses are used when learning so, it is important to have visual stimulation as well as time for listening, and physical interaction with others. When teaching groups of people to keep everyone’s attention all three senses should be considered that way everyone has the same advantage to absorb and learn in a way that is comfortable for them.
So, when using guided visual meditations if the words used are more suitable for those with a stronger visual sense people who use the senses auditory and kinaesthetic could find it hard for their minds to relax. Difficulty in visualisation can, for some, make them believe meditating is something they cannot do. EVERYONE CAN MEDITATE but it can sometimes take a while to find what feels right.
When I first began meditating my strongest sense was and still is kinaesthetic. At first, I did not visualise anything but gradually I began to see colour. Now many years later my mind hears and sees during meditation. But when I am very tired my mind feels the experience of the meditation much stronger because it is naturally my favoured sense.
The way to discover which sense is the most dominant close eyes and listen to something on the television or radio. If images easily appear its visual or if it’s the description detailed in the words the mind follows, then auditory is better. If by listening it heightens or calms feelings kinaesthetic could be preferred.
For visually sensing minds by listening to a guided meditation which refers to seeing things will work best for them. The auditory mind by choosing meditations which have detailed descriptions and sounds should provide enough audible interaction to relax to. For the kinaesthetic it may be best to only listen to music which evokes feelings in the mind which are pleasant and calm.
Taste and smell can also be experienced during meditations although these may develop through time. During daily practice all the senses should strengthen and help to relax the mind. By accepting that all minds see, hear and feel in a different way helps with self-acceptance and gives the freedom and power to be the unique individuals we all are!