Five senses

General Aim

Raising consciousness, arriving to present

Learning goals

It supports the participants to feel themselves more in the present, and to activate their senses to discover the world.

Short description/background/Introduction/Tips for the trainer

“Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.” (https://www.mindful.org/meditation/mindfulness-getting-started/)

Target

youth and adults

Suggested group

not more than 30 participants

Materials

oranges, or any food for taste

Duration

15 min

Procedure/steps

The facilitator gives everyone a piece of orange. Then he/she asks them:
1. to look at it thoroughly,
2. to close their eyes and concentrate on the feeling of the touch,
3. to put it to their ear and listen to the sound and noise of the orange,
4. to smell it with closed eyes,
5. and eventually to have a very small bite and concentrate on the taste, turn it in the mouth and slowly swallow it. And then slowly eat the whole piece.
In the end they can open their eyes and talk about the experience. During the exercise the facilitator can give supporting narration as “It’s not a problem if you have some other thoughts but turn your thoughts back to the feeling and try to turn your attention back to your perception.”.

Evaluation/Final debriefing

Sharing circle in the end.