Very cool post by Suryodaya Yoga on sensory awareness.

Buddhi Mind

Through our five senses: touch, taste, hearing, sight and smell, we interact and interpret the world around us. All this information is received through our somatic nervous system and relayed to the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) for an appropriate response. This response is controlled by the hypothalamus (about the size of a pearl) which is involved in many functions of the body including:

  • Autonomic Function Control (sympathetic and Parasympathetic nervous system)
  • Endocrine Function Control
  • Homeostasis (body constantly trying to find/maintain normal levels in water, sodium, blood sugar, O2, CO2, temperature, ph and blood pressure)
  • Motor Function Control
  • Food and Water Intake Regulation
  • Sleep-Wake Cycle Regulation
  • Limbic brain (emotions)

Relaxation Response

If we perceive though our senses, a stimulus to be stressful, the nervous system responds by inducing the sympathetic response called the fight, flight or freeze response. Under these conditions the body switches to high alert. When the…

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