Senses, Food And Imagination.

Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.~ Oscar Wilde

Taste is a sense too
Taste that food human!

Taste that food human!

In our last post, Doug and I described how to develop imagining skills through a sensing exercise.

This exercise works for smell, sound and touch, but not for taste. It’s important to develop our imagination and the ability to conjure up tastes, so the following exercise can be used to build up your imagination muscle:

Exercise

Choose a piece of fruit or vegetable that you have on hand. Close your eyes and feel the texture of the fruit (or veggie). Is it smooth, rough, squishy? Is it warm or cool? What does it remind you of?

Keep your eyes closed. Put the fruit up to your nose, almost but not quite touching… Bring it close enough where you can feel its nearness… Take a  deep and steady smell… What does it smell like? What images enter your mind when smelling it- fields, woods, rain, nothing?

Imagine the produce starting as a seed, sprouting, growing and becoming mature. Imagine the full life cycle up until you’re holding the result in your hands.

Take a bite. is it soft or firm? Juicy or dry? Why? Really try to taste all of the variations in the produce. Sure, apples taste like apples, but what different notes make up the whole apple taste? Keep your eyes closed and taste the fruit (or veggie) with all of your attention.

it’s probably more delicious than you remember…

Being present in life is rewarding

I often concentrate on what I’m eating to fully appreciate the gift of nourishment. My wife is a great cook, and we enjoy eating out too… We’re foodies. By paying attention to what I already have, by fully experiencing the food instead of eating on autopilot, I can feel gratitude for things that are often taken for granted.

Imagining how the food arrived on your plate is a rewarding thought exercise. Thinking about the various flavors that make up the whole leads to imagining where and how something grew, what influenced the taste and why.

We eat little miracles every day, but don’t often appreciate them. By taking a few seconds to be fully present while eating, we can develop the habit of living in the now as well as our imaginations. It takes months for a piece of fruit or a vegetable to develop and end up on our plates. It’s worth the few seconds of time to be thankful for it, and to imagine how it came to be nourishment for you.

And yes, Doug used a banana for this exercise… He’s a walking talking stereotype…

Next- Imagination Creates Reality.

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9 comments

  1. So true, we take so much for granted, and food is something that we can easily over indulge in. Sometimes, even making a meal from scratch has helped me to appreciate food (like bread). Always good to be reminded to slow down and appreciate the finer things in life.

    1. Exactly. Homemade food is always better. Bread made from scratch shouldn’t even be called by the same name as the over processed glop we buy in plastic bags.

  2. This is a great exercise. This will actually help when creating my strategies through the Unleash the power within by Tony Robbins. He has us use the 5 senses in making successful strategies. 🙂

    1. I’m glad you found it useful. I’ll have to check out Tony Robbins… I’m not familiar with him.

  3. I’m a foodie too, but I make my own.. LOL I often tell my husband and son to slow down and take small bites.. enjoy your food instead of gobble it down!

    1. My wife makes most of our food too, and it’s better than what we usually buy out.

  4. Amy Kurth · · Reply

    Thank you, honey! 🙂

  5. Thich Nhat Hanh has a similar exercise using a single raisin. This post reminded me of it.

    1. A raisin would be a good item to do this with… I’ll have to look up the exercise you speak of.

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