The Bhagavad Gita, an ancient Hindu text from c. the fifth to second century BC, describes an exercise of awareness of the senses as a way to finding inner peace and wisdom in daily life. In the text, Krishna explains the awareness exercise as follows:
When a man dwells on the pleasures of sense, attraction of them arises in him. From attraction arises desire, the lust of possession, and this leads to passion, to anger.
From passion comes confusion of mind, then loss of remembrance, the forgetting of duty. From this loss comes the ruin of reason, and the ruin of reason leads man to destruction.
But the soul that moves in the world of the senses and yet keeps the senses in harmony, free from attraction and aversion, finds rest in quietness.
In this quietness falls down the burden of all her sorrows, for when the heart has found quietness, wisdom has also found peace.
~ The Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2, Verses 62-65