Your nose knows.
Your nose and mouth are connected. The 10,000 taste buds in your mouth cannot serve their purpose without your sense of smell. Ever had a cold and lost your sense of taste because your nose was stuffy?
Are you aware that smelling fresh coffee grounds clears the nose immediately to receive a new scent?
You are always experiencing the present of presence with every breath, whether you are paying attention or not.
Our All of nature gives off aroma and scents, from composting mulch, fresh cut grass, to a fresh summer rain. You can even smell the scent of earthworms and dirt. Fragrance of heady lilacs and roses make you relax.
Just as the woodlands, the ocean, the flowers in your garden all have their own smells, so too do they waft together and create magic in the air and an energy to your senses.
When smelling pleasing aromas, this is usually followed by a smile and relaxation in your shoulders.
When you cook in the kitchen, you may use a myriad of spices together and the blend of unique and different scents waft across the air particles and fill up the entire room.
Scientifically, your nose has an olfactory bulb up inside that registers the particles in the air that you breathe and sends a message to the brain so fast as you detect scents, both pleasant an unpleasant. Like the difference between aromatherapy with lavender and Old Yankee Candles burning, and a dirty cat box or smelly socks!
I love the scent of Pumpkin Spice candles burning, lavender bed sheet sprays, chocolate chip cookies baking, apple pie fresh from the oven, freshly brewed coffee, and lemon-ginger tea. Can you smell these too?
Aromatherapy evokes the sense of smell using aromatic oils to induce relaxation and improved feeling of well being. Try a few drops of lavender oil in a steaming hot Epsom salt bath. Or, light your favorite candle burning to keep you present and feeling great. Take a big Inhale! Very soothing!
You might just want to bring some great-smelling summer flowers inside to waft their perfume in the air.
Hone in on the particles in the air and you may find that you have missed some smelly socks pushed under the couch.
And, if you have a cat, I am sure you will pick up pretty quickly if you need to change the litterbox!
Just how keen is your sense of smell? Do you breathe shallow or deeply through your nasal passages? Are you sensitive to smells?
Sniff away and become more aware to the everyday scents you encounter.
When you know the scents you enjoy, surround yourself with them. When you find the offensive odors, get rid of them!
Your exercise: (60 second intervals) Focus your attention on the smells in your environment. By breathing deeply in and slowly out you will pick up on more of the particles that carry scent in the air. Bring the same awareness to the smells in your usual day as you would to your favorite fragrance, be it cologne, hand lotion, vase of flowers, or something cooking or baking.
Hone in on the aromas and just really distinguish the scents ~ pleasant and not so pleasant!
Pay attention for 60 seconds!