“We tend to forget, but this is our sensuality. Living sensually is pleasurably employing the senses.”
The distinction made between sensuality and sexuality by The Welcomed Consensus is interesting. For the purposes of the class, they “reserve the word ‘sexual’ for behavior relating to reproduction.” While I may not agree with that determination for everyday life, I get the point and can see how such division is relevant for the class, so for now, I’ll go with it.
On the flip side, sensuality, by their definition, “sensuality is about giving pleasure to the body or the mind through the senses…includes all five of our senses [and] a sixth sense, which is any use of conceptual thought to enhance pleasure.” Because female orgasm isn’t required for reproduction, The Welcomed Consensus deems the female orgasm as a sensual experience, rather than one of a sexual nature; however, the way in which sensuality is described, as opposed to sexuality, makes the concept far more applicable to daily life than just our romantic relationships and sex lives. “Sensuality is a subset of communication.” That is an idea I can absolutely support!
The instructor asks that students put on the cap of a Sensual Researcher throughout the course. That means simply exploring the world through your senses. Personally, I’m very tactile. I’m also very visual. And I often non-confront, or tune out sounds and scents. So, for me, this will be very interesting for me, in terms of combining my senses and utilizing them all simultaneously, or in conjunction with one another, and paying attention to them. Thankfully, there is an assignment to help tune into all of this: eating a gourmet meal, and writing a journal entry on the sensual experience of that meal. Fully experiencing the pleasure of awesome food as a homework assignment?! Yep! I’m in the right class!