The Five Senses: Focusing on What You Can Touch

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from Chapter 2 of Being You: A Girl's Guide to Mindfulness

Baby Touch

One of my friends had a little baby who was just starting to crawl. They had a great time exploring the floor together because the baby was so excited by the different textures. Wood, carpet. Smooth, rough. Wow!

If there’s a baby in your family, you could try “baby touching” together, exploring (carefully and safely) the various surfaces and textures in your house. What do different kinds of cups and plates feel like? How about a teddy bear or another stuffed animal?

Even if you don’t have a baby to play with, you can still try “baby touching” on your own. It’s amazing how many textures you can find if you look for different things to touch, either around your house or outside in the natural world. 

Just don’t do what a couple of my students did. One girl tried petting a squirrel, and it bit her. Another girl didn’t realize a pretty little three-leafed plant was actually poison ivy.

Feel Your Feet

Another way to focus on the sense of touch is to shift your attention to your feet. What do the bottoms of your feet feel like when you’re walking? How do they feel when you’re walking inside or outside, or when you’re wearing a different pair of shoes, slippers, or sandals?

I like to focus on the bottoms of my feet when I’m feeling nervous, especially at the dentist. After all, my feet are about as far away as I can get from my teeth!

Adapted from Being You: A Girl's Guide to Mindfulness, by Catharine Hannay. 
© Prufrock Press, 2019. Used with permission.

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