3. What is Sensory Awareness?
Updated: Jun 29, 2020
In my previous paragraphs, I mentioned the phrase ‘sensory awareness’. But I haven’t explained what that means yet. Let me elaborate a bit more so you can have a better understanding. Sensory awareness is the awareness we develop through sensory. I know that might have made you laugh, as it doesn’t really explain anything at all. So, let’s look at these two words separately in more detail.
Sensory – “Connected with the physical senses of touch, smell, taste, hearing, and sight.” (Cambridge Dictionary, 2019).
Awareness – “Knowledge that something exists, or understanding of a situation or subject at the present time based on information or experience.” (Cambridge Dictionary, 2019).
Combining these two words together, means to experience every sense consciously and mindfully. In a very zen way, this means that you are fully awake. For instance, imagine when you’re watching a movie and you have a bowl of popcorn. You become less mindful because you’re so drawn into the movie, then suddenly you realise that you’ve finished all the popcorn? Do you remember how the popcorn tasted, or its texture? You lose track of the time and things surround you.
By developing and improving your sensory awareness, it will not just increase awareness in life but also your tasting skills too. The following chapters will explain to you how to increase your very own sensory awareness.
I am not a physiologist or psychologist, nor an expert in neuroscience. I won’t go into too much detail on the theory on our five senses, as you can find so many books related to this subject. I will just talk about my thought-process and rationale. I am a professional coffee taster who is passionate about tasting. I will try my best to explain to you what you need to know to increase your tasting ability within the context.
For the following two chapters, I will first explain to you about the five fundamental tastes, then move on to other senses that can assist us to experience these basic tastes.
Eating consciously is the key to deconstruct our multisensorial experience then analyse the process step by step.