This week may prove to be among the more challenging exercises provided here thus far. That is because we will be focusing on the sense of smell and using that to drive your meditation practice these next few days.
Now, for most of us, when we encounter a new smell, we may notice it for a couple of minutes before becoming adapted to the smell. Smells are normally fleeting and all together transient then. Focusing your attention on the smells that surround you will definitely help to build upon the duration and attentiveness of your meditation practice since you have to be that much more present and aware.
The earthy crystals of moss and tree agate, fluorite, turquoise, and other green crystals will help you connect to this practice a bit easier, especially if you work with smells you love and enjoy. To set up your space, you may need to take a few extra measures to ensure that you have pleasing smells around you. This may mean going to a cozy bakery or coffee shop you enjoy, getting out a diffuser so you can add in a few of your favorite essential oils, or lighting some fragrant candles or incense.
Whatever way you choose to practice each of these next few days, make sure you enter into your meditation with an open heart and open mind. The crystals mentioned above can certainly help you connect with your heart center too as you go through this week’s meditations. Notice what you feel as you meditate on certain scents, including:
- Freshly baked goods or brewed coffee
- Lavender, jasmine, or other florals
- Fir or redwood or sandalwood or grassy scents
- Fresh laundry
- Favorite perfume or cologne
As you breathe in these different scents, see if you can breathe in the peace and stillness or other emotion that each brings for you and ground you into the moment.