23 December – Mindfulness advent challenge

It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas

Memories are often strongly linked to smells because the smell and memory centres are inter-connected. For me at Christmas time, the scents of pine, cinnamon, nutmeg and oranges evoke all the feelings of coziness and family time.

Our last advent sensory practice focuses on noticing your sense of smell is being activated and how this makes you feel. You can use your morning coffee, or gather spices or foods from your kitchen, or maybe stop, close your eyes and inhale deeply while you are out walking.

Either use your morning coffee, or gather spices or foods from your kitchen, or maybe stop, close your eyes and inhale deeply while you are out walking and see how many smells you notice.

Choose two or three words to describe how each smell makes you feel. Perhaps happy or agitated, calm or safe, uncomfortable or hungry. Notice what memories accompany this smell.

This practice helps you cultivate patience to slow down and be more engaged in what you are experiencing in each moment. Staying with the feelings and memories that are evoked helps you develop greater self-awareness and self-control.

Mindful smelling

Close your eyes and slowly inhale – notice sensations in your body as you smell (air moving through your nose, tingling)

Pause and take in the experience of mindfully smelling, noticing how the smell affects your emotions, thoughts and body

Notice any memories it triggers, happy or in pleasant, without judgment

Inhale again, bringing your attention back to the act of smelling, open you eyes and return to your day.

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