Sitting quietly, doing nothing, Spring comes, and the grass grows, by itself. - Matsuo Bashō
A Sense and Savour Walk is a practice that invites us to fully engage with the sensory delights of nature. Similar to a bee collecting nectar from different flowers, we allow ourselves to be drawn to pleasant sensory experiences, staying with them as long as they bring us joy, and then moving on to the next sensation.
Embrace Open Curiosity: Approach your Sense and Savour Walk with an attitude of open curiosity. Allow yourself to be guided by your senses and let them lead the way. Release any expectations and simply be present, ready to explore and discover the sensory experiences.
Engage Your Senses: As you embark on your walk, awaken your senses and embrace the world around you. Notice the vibrant colors, the interplay of light and shadow, and the ever-changing landscapes. Tune in to the soundscape—the rustling leaves, the chirping birds, or the gentle whispers of the wind. Feel the textures beneath your fingertips—the coolness of stones, the softness of moss, or the roughness of tree bark. Engage all your senses to fully immerse yourself in the sensory landscape of your surroundings.
Follow Pleasure: Allow yourself to be drawn to moments of pleasure and beauty along your walk. When something captures your attention—a blooming flower, a patch of blue sky, or a small insect—pause and fully immerse yourself in the experience. Take your time to savor the sensory richness, relishing in the joy and delight it brings. Be present and let the experience fill you with wonder and gratitude.
Release Attachment: Once you have savored a particular moment to your satisfaction, gently let it go and allow yourself to be drawn to the next experience. Embrace the impermanence of each sensory encounter, knowing that the richness of life lies in the constant flow of experiences. Practice releasing attachment and remain open to the ever-unfolding beauty around you.
Cultivate Mindful Presence: Throughout your Sense and Savour Walk, continually bring your attention back to the present moment. Be fully present with each sensation, embracing it with all your senses. Notice any distractions or thoughts that arise, and gently guide your focus back to the sensory experience at hand. This practice of mindful presence deepens your connection with nature and enhances the joy and fulfillment of your walk.