It may have been more like the poor choice of my words. Because this exercise is quite what I tried to mean by that phrase. I can imagine how an apple would feel, how would I eat it, how it would taste, how it would fill me up and take my hunger away, but... at the end it won't. I can only fool my self for a brief moment of time and think that I actually ate something, but it won't last. None of it is real. I ment that I can imagine the process and picturing it in my mind is at least somewhat accurate, cause I have eaten an apple before, but it still won't ever be the real thing in any way.Thoughts do come quite close to actual eating, but it just isn't there....
I was surprised by this answer.
Are you sure that imagining eating comes close to actually eating and tasting the food?
Thoughts never come close to experience/reality.
Yes. I had an orange and couple of other things.Do you have some food at hand? A fruit? Like an apple?
(I used an orange)Now imagine to touch and then holding in your hands.
Feel its weight.
Feel its shape.
Feel its texture.
Feel its temperature.
I can picture it's weight and looks when my eyes are closed.
I can picture how it feels to hold it in my hand how it's temperature is.
I can imagine peeling it and taking a slice out of it. I can imagine the drop of juice on my fingers.Now, imagine to bit into the apple.
Imagine the cracking sound.
I can imagine all this, the juicy taste, how it feels to bite it...Imagine it’s flavour.
Imagine it’s taste.
Imagine the texture in your mouth.
I can imagine this a bit cold feeling and taste that I like in my mouth. I can imagine and "almost" feel the smell.Imagine its temperature in your mouth.
Imagine its smell/fragrance.
Now, with the real orange.Now, open your eyes, and take a real apple in front of you, and go through all the steps above.
I can feel the slice in my hands, I can smell the orange, I can see a juice dripping out of it. I can feel the slice when I bite it, I can taste the actual taste.
I can enjoy it, the taste and the feeling. I like it.
Then I swallow it. Taste and smell remains for a while. Then, they are gone.
Tried this with several foods and drinks. This is what I found.Also, repeat this experiment several times with different foods and drinks. Again and again.
Let me know what you find.
Imagination is only imagination, and the real thing always has an experience, imagination doesn't.
But this was the real finding. I thought that I could recall the actual taste by imagining, but I can't. So I thought that the imagination of the taste was correct by previous experience, but it is not. There is no way to recall the actual taste. There is only the thought about it, but it is not "right".
Now that I have tried this for several times. Orange. I know the taste, what it is, when I taste it, but I can't recall it in my imagination afterwards. It can't be imagined what the taste really is. Not even when eating the same thing over and over again with only little pauses.
It applies to smell and feeling too and so on, but I took the taste as an example.
And now I correct my statement in the beginning of the message. Imaginated eating is in no way close to reality.