There is nothing that will connect "you to you" like sensory truth. There's no mistaking
the tears or laughter that come - unbidden - from the memory of a specific smell.
The taste of salt (literally)turned one of my worldly production designer/award
winning directors into tears as the evocation of her grandmother's soup emerged and with it all her feelings of the
person, lost to her "mind-memory".
sat , present in the now, side-by-side with the long-ago past, filling a gap in her life.
SENSE MEMORY EXERCISE:
The "Sense Memory"
exercise originated from my training at The Actors Studio as"Emotion Memory". Through my own explorations and teachings, my "8 Step Paradigm" evolved.
a specific sense (taste, touch, sight, smell, sound) we arrive at information - more accurately knowledge - that
illuminates the now as well as the then.
All revelations, conclusions,
realizations, decisions, formulations, insights, solutions (or perhaps even more questions!) abound.
"I hate being old.
So I decided I wouldn't buy into it. No shuffling, no complaining about aches and pains. No struggling to remember. No afternoon
keep working, laughing, drinking and appreciating every smell, sound, taste and touch that one can posssibly experience."
Norman Jewison, Interviewed by Angela Baldassarre