Stimulate Your Senses
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Written by
Cassy Lee
August 2010
Contributor
Written by
Cassy Lee
August 2010

At the Alemany Farmer’s Market this weekend, the largest and oldest farmer’s market in San Francisco, I was absolutely overcome by the wonders of fresh produce. We strolled past booth upon booth of gorgeous fruits, veggies and flowers. We smelled mouth-watering basil, tasted the sweetest summer peaches, and heard the satisfying thunk of ripe melons as we tap-tested their taut rinds. We went a little crazy and bought huge bouquets of bright, happy flowers, a bag of oysters, brussel sprouts, artichokes, kale, and enough fruit to make two delicious fruit salads straight out of Eden for the events we attended this weekend. The joy of that experience will live on in our meals this week, in vases on windowsills for the next couple weeks, and in my mind whenever I need to conjure up something that makes me feel grateful for the bounty of this earth. All from stepping out of our normal grocery store routine. My suggested action for you this week is to go somewhere that stimulates your senses like that and makes you feel alive. Seek out your own sensory safari. Maybe you dig paper stores, or libraries, or chocolate, or fabric, or flowers. Whatever it is that gets your wonder-nodes buzzing, take the time to go touch it and smell it and roll in it if you can. For more ideas on how to do this, go here. Please share your experience!

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