SUMMARY : SMELLING and TASTING EXERCISES

The exercises on smelling and tasting are being rewritten at present Oct 11th.

Summary of Tasting Development Games.
With tasting, i'm referring to the taste of our own body, this is part of our basic feeling of being alive and it's so taken for granted we don't notice it anymore. Start to discover it by noticing the contrast between all the different taste areas in your mouth.

There is a different taste - on the lips, under the tongue and above it, behind the teeth, the gums between the lips and the teeth, and at both sides, the roof of mouth and then as far down the throat as you can, maybe down to your stomach. If you've recently eaten or drunk something, you will find different qualities of that taste all over your mouth.

The very sensitive tip of your tongue will help to clarify the contrasts, but without your tongue, take a minute a day to sense those tastes directly. A minute a day is the easiest way to re-learn.

Summary of Separating the In and Out-smell and Smelling Development Games.
With smelling, the first step is to notice that there is a difference in smell, between your 'in-breath' and your 'out-breath'. And at first, it's helpful to have something good to smell, a meal, or flowers, etc., or to have drunk coffee or one drop of whisky etc., then notice the contrast between the 'in-smell' and the 'out-smell'.

Your nostrils are where you sense smells. Breathe in and savour the scent in your nostrils, and notice the contrast, notice how this sensation, the scent, disappears on the out breath.

Our own out-smell/taste
We might occasionally recognise our own out-smell when we have bad breath, but normally we are never conscious of it. It's hard to recognise because it is always there. We are so used to it that we don't notice it anymore.It is another 'constant' in our self-identity, and we are almost totally out of touch with it.

Regulating the Breath

When practicing scenting, there is a strong tendency to smell-in slowly or irregularly in order to savour the scents. After a few breaths you will get breathless or dizzy. Noticing the contrast between the 'in-smell' and the 'out-smell' will regulate the speed of the breathing.

Smelling is accentuated by opening your mouth very slightly, with the lips just touching, and breathing out through your mouth; it will be a taste rather than a smell. Then leave the lips very slightly open, and 'smell-in' through your nose. As you smell-in, something will close off like a valve at the back of your mouth.

'Smell-in' through your nose and 'Taste-out' through your mouth.

Then, as you let the residue of the in-smell and the out-taste build up - in the nostrils, nasal canals, head, etc., and the mouth, throat, etc., - over a period of ten breaths, - and start to savour those taste and smell residues.

This is where the external senses connect with inner body awareness and my aim is only to explain what i know about the panoramic senses. I only touch the surface with with inner body awareness. Many other people are already experimenting with this, and it is a difficult subject to rationalise.

These descriptions are purely subjective, and as such, may vary with different individuals. There is a subsidiary index page discussing 'Empathy with Animals' and the need to ask young children how it really feels, in order to guide us to a healthy and natural approach to our internal body senses.

Please continue with Savouring Scents
Later when you've time for the long route, please read the Tasting Basics and Development Games

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