Smell is a potent wizard that transports you across thousands of miles and all the years you have lived. The odors of fruits waft me to my southern home, to my childhood frolics in the peach orchard. Other odors, instantaneous and fleeting, cause my heart to dilate joyously or contract with remembered grief. Even as I think of smells, my nose is full of scents that start awake sweet memories of summers gone and ripening fields far away.
Have you been paying much attention to your sense of smell lately? It’s a powerful sense, but one we often forget to consciously employ. Intentionally focusing your awareness on scent can help you feel more connected to your body and the world around you. It can also help heighten your intuitive ability, and activate your memories.
Here are some simple activities for you to try, using your sense of smell.
- Aromatherapy. Place a drop of essential oil in the palm of one hand. Rub your hands together and then bring them close to your face and breathe in deeply. Close your eyes as you do this, and focus only on the fragrance of the oil.
- Food. Take a moment to smell the food or drink that you consume. Allow the smell of the food to enhance your experience, and to anchor positive memories for you.
- Shower Time. Choose a body wash or soap that is fragranced. Pay attention to the smell as you lather your body. This is even more effective if you do this in a dimly lit room, so that you are focusing on smell rather than sight. Notice if the fragrance relaxes you or invigorates you.
- Bed Time. Using fragrance at bed time can help to provoke relaxation and deeper sleep. Sprinkle a few drops of lavender, geranium or ylang-ylang on your pillow, or place a drop of cedarwood on the sole of each foot. Breathe deeply and slowly, and let the aroma lead you towards sleep.
- Sense of Place. When you are moving through your day, stop for a moment to pay attention to the smell of your surroundings. What does your home smell like? How does your favourite cafe smell? What about your favourite outdoors space? Notice the smell at different locations and pay attention to how that makes you feel.
- Meditation and spiritual work. Move yourself into a relaxed and meditative space. Call on your Guides, Angels and Ancestors. Pay attention to any aromas you smell. Has this happened to you before? Can you link that smell to a particular energy?
Once you begin to tune in to your sense of smell you can use it consciously to enhance your daily life, to work on managing your energy levels and to induce focus, relaxation and calm. The more your connect to your sense of smell, the stronger your intuition will become. Honing a neglected sense will sharpen all the others.
Love, and the scents of newly cut grass, coffee, the ocean and fresh baked bread, Nicole xx
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There are times when my sense of smell is taking a nap but thankfully not often