“Sentient” means ‘something which has the ability to feel”. It comes from the same root as the spanish word ‘Sentir’.
It is also one of the three vows of the Buddhists in Zen meditation. At the Soji Zen Center yesterday, I presented on ‘Routine Miracle” in Philadelphia.
If you live in Philadelphia, I encourage you to go there, meet the teacher and get started. I spent two years doing Zen in medical school, until they finally told me, I would still have to sit still and be quiet.
Our paths are different, but the goal is the same.