Beyond our mind – knowing with all our senses

Looking at the gorse flowers, can you smell their pungent coconut scent?

Can you feel the damp mist on your hair and face?

And what about the sound of the distant brook?

Are you smiling?

What does it remind you of? And where does it take you in your imagination?

I wonder, what do you know about gorse?

And no, I’m not asking you to touch the gorse thorns because they are sharp…

The biologist David George Haskell first awakened all of my senses in unison when he talked about how we might ‘know’ trees.

~ Celebrating Old Growth is a three-way conversation between Robin Wall Kimmerer, Robert Macfarlane and David in 2021, which you might enjoy watching over the Easter break.