We are sensory animals, well adapted to allowing our noses and mouths to guide our thoughts.
The smell of petrichor, of rain falling on dry earth, release primal hormones which steady us.
When we get that first bite of a dish our family used to make, that junk food we were treated to after a big game, or the meal we ate on our first dates, our brains start firing with memory.
In method acting there’s a technique called sense memory, in which an actor will recall a specific physical feeling which evokes a certain emotion which they hope will inform their performance.
What actors do synthetically, our bodies perform naturally.
There are a billion micro memories your mind could access at any moment, all it needs is the right sensory input.