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Day five of my ‘Six days to simple mindfulness and relaxation’ – today is all about the sense of smell

My plants outdoor August 2014

My plants outdoor August 2014

So, we have come to day five of my six days to mindfulness and better relaxation – day five is all about what we smell (if you are blessed with the sense of smell)

I want you to think about everything that you smell today. This is one that we do tend to notice more than other senses, as we come across many pungent smells, but we still do not notice everything automatically, so you still have some work to do! 🙂

Some obvious ones:

  • Toast burning
  • Coffee brewing
  • Passing wind (sorry but it’s true)
  • Grass after it’s been cut
  • Fresh smell after it’s rained
  • Everything you eat

So, some are nice smells, others not so nice, but taking notice of all of them is what is key here.

So concentrate, wherever you go. I want you to really smell everything. Things like…

  • The smell inside your car
  • The smell of your freshly laundered top as you put it on
  • Reach out to smell flowers
  • Really inhale the smell of your food
Other half of my outdoor plants August 2014

Other half of my outdoor plants August 2014

Anything at all that you smell – and you will smell many things during a whole day!

How do these smells make you feel?

Repulsed?

Uplifted?

Soothed?

We can change the way we are feeling because our senses are linked with emotions, so if we wish to feel more relaxed, we can use lavender oils or something that is relaxing for us. If we want to feel uplifted, we can make coffee or wash with fruity shower gels. We may have our own ‘comfort’ smells and if we are aware of them, then we can use them to our benefit.

Really connecting with our five senses helps us to enjoy our time and surroundings and allows us to connect with our world more fully.

The more you practise these mindful techniques, the easier it will become for you to reach out to each ‘sense’.

So, I hope you will be back tomorrow for day six (the last day) of my simple ‘sense’ mindfulness techniques.

Amanda 🙂

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