Custody of the Senses


#1

How does one practice custody of the senses?

I have read that religious used to walk with their eyes cast downward to help them keep their minds focused on God. Does anyone have any thoughts on this?


#2

To me it means that we should avoid using our senses in ways that would lead us away from God.

Examples:
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*]Avoid looking at indecent pictures, movies, websites
*]Avoid listening to indecent or violent music
*]Don't overindulge the sense of taste to the point of gluttony
*]Leave enough time for silence in our lives so we can actually listen to God in prayer (don't always have the TV or radio on; don't spend too much time on the internet; don't always have to have your senses stimulated with idle "chatter")
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