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It's "Mindful" Monday

So today let's talk about another one of the 5 senses of "mindfulness"

We've already discovered the possibilities of "mindful" SIGHT, SOUND and TOUCH . . .

So today let's talk about "mindful SMELL".

Now . . . the sense of "smell" is called "olfaction" . . .

It starts in the nasal cavity of the nose and when we "sniff" or "inhale" . . . this "communication highway" triggers a signal that transmits information up the cranial nerve to our "olfactory bulb" . . . the brain.

So why is "smell" so important to our "mindfulness"???

Well . . . "smell" triggers "memories" and "emotions" . . .

And "mindful SMELLING" uses this sense to be more "aware" of our "present" moment's experience, our environment, our focus, our attention or even to make "decisions" . . .

You see . . . we use this sense all the time . . . like when we "smell" freshly baked cookies or clean laundry . . . this "transportation" sense can actually transport us to a different place and time.

So my "mindful SMELL" moment this weekend . . . was "smelling" our beautiful 40 year old "Rhododendrons" here at Miracle Meadows.

I love this time of year when they bloom . . . because it reminds me of being at my grandmother's house 60 years ago and smelling her rhododendrons . . . and they give me a feeling of "calm" . . . "peace" . . . and "tranquility".

And when I "smell" them . . . I also use my "mindful SOUND" to hear the bumblebees buzzin