Make Sense - Senses
“Make Sense – Senses” expands your senses and playfully develops you ability feel viscerally connected to nature and others.
It invites you to emotionally try on other beings’ state as well as become of your own and transmit it authentically.
It opens another avenue of connection and invites your brain to find new ways of working.
It heightens your intuition and provides an embodied form of connection.
How to Play It
5 parts (do not have to be done in order)
2 – 5-ish players
Props: Access to nature, a blindfold, pen and paper, music
Read the general instructions here below and then click on the + sign next to Part 1 to expand and read its content. There you will find the specific instructions for that part. Once you have played it move onto another part and go through all the parts (not necessarily in numerical order).
The purpose is to learn to listen openly with all of your senses and then, embody it.
Parts 1-2 require access to nature while parts 3-5 can be done indoors.
PART 1 INSTRUCTIONS
Go outside and sit somewhere in nature. The participants sit with their backs to each other and with a blank piece of paper and a pen. In the middle of the paper a stick-figure is drawn. This represents the person who is holding the piece of paper.
Then, with their eyes closed all participants listen to the sounds around them and draw a sound map.
You may look at the paper when you are drawing but then you close them so that you only listen to find the sounds. You may cup your hand behind your ear to enhance the sound.
On the map you draw or write what you find and where you find it, in which direction from you and at what distance.
Once all participants are done you compare your maps and try to hear what you may have missed.
Go to another location and repeat the exercise, so that in the end you will have done it at least three times.
Purpose Note: This game expands your sense of hearing and trains the listening mode, as well as presence.
PART 2 INSTRUCTIONS
Go outside into nature, preferably a forest-like area.
Put the blindfold on the first participant.
Then, disorient them by spinning them around and then walking around with them before taking them to a particular plant.
You can start by choosing a large plant such as a tree. Lead the first participant to it and let them interact with it, touching it, smelling it. When they are done walk them away from the plant and disorient them again.
Take off the blindfold and let them try to find the plant they had just interacted with.
After this, move onto the second participant.
Give everyone a chance to meet at least three different plants on three different occasions.
Purpose Note: This perspective moves your mind/brain into a different mode of working. This can be extremely useful, as it may “accidentally” stumble upon solutions to other problems in your body/mind. It also trains you to connect to nature in a more embodied way, through more of your senses.
PART 3 INSTRUCTIONS
This is a completely silent game.
Have the first player pick and animal card in secret.
The first player starts by becoming the animal, embodying it, seeing the world through its eyes, feeling whatever that animal might feel. As that animal the fist player moves about. But, no sounds are allowed! No miauing, hissing, panting, buzzing sounds.
The other players try to guess what it is. Once they think that they know what animal it is they start embodying it and they add some more aspect to the animal.
If the animal is a cat and the first person starts elegantly walking around as a cat, the second person might come in and start licking its paw, or interacting with the first player by perhaps soundlessly hissing at it and making a cat back.
If there are more players then they all come in as they understand what animal is being impersonated and in the end all interact as that animal.
At that point the second player secretly picks an animal card and starts becoming that animal.
PICK AN ANIMAL CARD
(by clicking on the card below)
Purpose Note: This game nudges you to take on an unfamiliar and incomprehensible perspective and attempt to embody it to better understand it. It also allows you to playfully and creatively engage with others in it.
PART 4 INSTRUCTIONS
Sit in a circle or in front of each other if there are only two players.
Pick a card. It will tell you what feeling or emotion to choose.
Think what it means to you and give the feeling/emotion a gesture that best represents it to you.
Feel free to use your whole body, including a facial expression.
Each person will have their own gesture. At first you all keep practicing your gesture until you feel that it authentically represents the chosen feeling/emotion.
Once everyone is done practicing the first person presents their gesture to the others repeatedly.
The others then try to join in, trying to imitate the gesture and find the underlying feeling.
Player one keeps repeating the gesture as others do it with him or her until all the other player feel satisfied that they can do it.
Then you move onto the second player and repeat the process.
Player two shows their gesture, everyone repeats until all are satisfied. At the end the gesture of the first player is repeated and emended into the gesture of the second player.
And so the game moves through all the players.
In the end you simultaneously do all the gestures of all the players in order.
Finally you guess what the feelings were.
So, player one lets each of the other players give their guess before, in the end, revealing the feeling and perhaps even the context and/or story.
If there are only two players pick two more cards and repeat, so that you will have the opportunity of creating a gesture at least three times.
PICK A FEELING CARD
(by clicking on the card below)
Purpose Note: This game provides you with opportunity to listen to yourself and express what you feel through your body. It also trains you to be able to pick up on the feelings of others.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR PART 5
Choose a song that inspires you and let it play.
Player one starts to dance. All the others stand around and try to feel what player one is feeling and lightly start to sway in a similar manner.
Player two then starts to copy the movement of player one. When player one feels that they have got it they move away.
Now player two, inspired by the movement of player one modifies the movements.
All other players now try to feel what player two is feeling and start swaying in a similar manner.
At this point player three comes in (or player one – if there are only two players) and imitates player two until player two feels that they have got it. Then player two moves away. And so the dance continues until all the players have had a chance to be in the center.
Play and dance to at least three different songs.
Purpose note: Apart from training an embodied feeling of connection with others, this game gives you an excellent opportunity to notice when you are in your ego and perhaps afraid/shy of being judged or judging others as good/bad dancers. See if you are able to move into a connected state of expression and flow, without fear or judgement. This may take more than tree songs.
Congratulations! Try your new skills out on your surroundings, paying attention to them with all your senses and note how your experience changes.
Do let me know your feedback through the contact page or @BasiasThoughts on Instagram.
Also, make sure you play “Make Sense – Heart” and “Make Sense – Mind” (once they are uploaded here), so that you can gain a deeper and more well rounded and meaningful experience in all your interactions.