I would like to know (from religious people, or people with experience in a particular religion): what are the sensuous aspects of your religion? How does participation in the ceremony influence the participant?
I am not a religious person but I would like to gain an appreciation for religion. I am less interested in what religions say is true/false/good/bad, and I would like to have more discussions about other important aspects of religion. I am particularly interested in the 'physical' aspects of ceremonies, including: touching, tasting, moving, praying, etc.
As an example, I was struck by the sensuous aspects of Buddhism when I went to a meditation. The meditation leader emphasized a consciousness of our bodies and our muscles. It seems to me that this type of awareness--an activity that centers awareness and relaxation on the body--is something that is lacking in the secular, middle-class community where I was raised.
What experiences have you had with the sensuous aspects of religious ceremonies?