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
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:
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…