Have you ever observed a flower or a tree and just enjoyed the colors? The sensations we feel as humans are some of the greatest miracles of our lives and the world around us. To fully enjoy the sensations of the world around you, developing your senses fully is something you must do. Leonardo Da Vinci knew this well and it was extremely important to him and his learning process. This is the first video where I start talking about the seven principles of Leonardo Da Vinci, and how they relate to memory training.
A popular saying goes like ‘if you don’t use it, you lose it’ and the saying is true for the sensations around you. My goal is to help develop your senses and experience the world in a richer way through memory and mental training. There’s a lot to discuss and research on this topic, so as time goes on there will be a lot more content coming your way. I want to start slowly building a story and journey about the importance of whole brain thinking and what we can learn from the greatest minds of history. Leonardo Da Vinci is just one of many genius level minds that have lived, and there’s a lot we can learn from all of them.
Leonardo Da Vinci’s sensazione
Take a few seconds to observe the pictures below and tell me what colors you see. Before continuing on to the next paragraph do this really quickly and then come back here. Now I want you to look at the picture again, but try to notice the different shades of color. Notice how they make you feel, and what other sensations you might feel. How many shades of color are in a scene like this in nature? Ponder on this questions for a few seconds, and go back to the picture to observe it again if you need to. The answer is that there’s a nearly infinite number of colors, shades, and feelings that your senses can observe.
Leonardo Da Vinci’s principle of sensazione is the idea that you should constantly be strengthening all your senses. In this post and video I mainly focus on the sense of sight and color, but all other senses are equally as important as well. Next time you go to a bakery or smell a fresh bouquet of roses, take a few extra seconds to really enjoy the smell or taste. While doing this also take notice of any other sensations you feel when observing the colors, smells, sounds. Maybe these other sensations involve other senses, for example when you see the color red, it might sound loud to you, or it might feel hot. By observing these sensations and exercising your senses you strengthen the neural connections in your brain, and you help to induce what’s called synesthesia.
Sensazione and your memory
The memory training systems and techniques that we teach are based upon the idea of whole brain learning. In this process all of your senses are extremely important. The more you can practice fine tuning your senses, the stronger your memory and brain will become. However, even if you don’t specifically train your senses before memory training, your senses still grow stronger. This was especially true for my sense of sight and color in my case.
Sensazione helps to strengthen the neural connections between all of your senses. Most people think we only have five senses, but in reality there are many more. For example, I take the sensation you feel when you navigate through a location in your memory as a type of sensation. To exercise this you could imagine how exploring a location or place feels to you, maybe it reminds you of a color or smell, and also what it might sound like in your mind.