Friday, April 3, 2009

Fri. is Blue Day - Discovering the Senses

Today is Blue day

From birth to age 7 a child’s forces are primarily devoted to building their body. By seven these forces have changed every cell in their body and created the foundation of who they are and who they will become. We all know of the five senses; hearing, seeing, touching, tasting and smelling, but if broken down into a more primary states one could count 12 senses.

The 5 senses, by themselves, are not the only way to accurately view a human being. It might be more accurate to start with the twelve divide them into groups of four:

Will Senses or Physical Senses, directed at a persons physical body:
  • Touch
  • Life
  • Movement
  • Balance
  • Feeling
Senses, or Soul Senses, the relation of humans to the world:
  • Smell
  • Taste
  • Sight
  • Warmth
Cognitive Senses or Spiritual/Social Senses, directed inward:
  • Hearing
  • Speech
  • Another’s Thought
  • Another’s “I”
Most of these are self explanatory, but the last two might require a definition. Children live in a world surrounded by the thoughts of grown-ups long before they are able to understand those thoughts. As they develop the ability to sense another person’s thoughts they gain the ability to understand, comprehend and picture what those thoughts convey.

Each day you can weave a thread of thought into your child’s day through nursery rhymes, poems, and seasonal songs. These invite your child into the story. These activities nourish the sense of another’s thoughts.

Another’s ”I” is closely related to the sense of touch. While our children are very young, we repeatedly cuddle, nurse and speak to them. Through these experiences, the young child has and inner communication with another human being. Touching and holding gradually help the child to become comfortable with other people.

By developing this sense of who the other person is, a child becomes sensitive to someone else’s individuality. All of the senses are interdependent and interrelated; by separating them we can define them to get a better sense of them. There is much in the world today that can compromise the healthy development of these senses, but we, as parents and grandparents, still have the ability to gift our children with what they need in order to develop into adults who can fully grasp the fullness of the world around them.
Source: "Beyond the Rainbow Bridge"


Blue is a perfect colour for Friday the last day of the work week.
Blue is the colour of the sky and sea. It is often associated with depth and stability. It symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven.
Blue is considered beneficial to the mind and body. It slows human metabolism and produces a calming effect.
Blue is strongly associated with tranquility and calmness.

How the colour blue affects us mentally and physically:
* Calming and sedate
* Cooling
* Aids intuition

Nurturing Friday:
I will pick a bird for the week and see what I can find out. My goal is to increase my own personal knowledge of birds and maybe yours as well.
I will refer to "Beyond the Rainbow Bridge" for articles and information on Nurturing our children from birth to seven.

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