I’m a visual learner, and I’d say that of the five senses, the sense I most rely on without thinking is sight.
Well, this weekend, I decided to light a candle that someone gave me, and it was the kind that really fills the room. It was wonderful. And I started paying a little more attention to my sense of smell, and I was mostly delighted. I forgot at how much this sense can calm and comfort us – more than just laying around to relax can do sometimes.
So here’s my Sunday smell list:
- Green Tea
- Sweet tea with a hint of sour
- Week-old shrimp shells
- Bacon grease
- More incense
- Crisp winter breezes
- Week-old water
- Sauteed garlic, onion, bell peppers
- Andouille sausage and chicken
- Cajun seasoning
What does this list tell? That mostly I’m surrounded by good smells – as defined by me. It also is indicative of my day. I really enjoy food, and cook from scratch. I’m brewing kombucha and generally drink tea daily. I changed the water to all my hydroponic plants, and watered the rest of them. I did some serious cleaning – hence the bleach, an open window, and more fragrant smells.
I recently put all of my candles together on a little table in my living room, but it wasn’t until this weekend that I really realized this was a way to create the relaxing atmosphere I really need. Lighting that one candle helped remind me to enjoy more by tapping into all of my senses. Now I just need to remember to take some small steps to better enjoy the time.
How do the smells in the spaces you occupy impact you?