Nothing is more memorable than a smell. One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains; another, a moonlit beach; a third, a family dinner of pot roast and sweet potatoes during a myrtle-mad August in a Midwestern town. Smells detonate softly in our memory like poignant land mines hidden under the weedy mass of years. Hit a tripwire of smell and memories explode all at once. A complex vision leaps out of the undergrowth. ~Diane Ackerman, A Natural History of the Senses
There are many fragrances that trigger memories for me. Lilacs on a hot sunny day alway remind me of my first little apartment. They grew along the walkway in a hedge at the sunny front entrance of the building.
Fresh tomatoes remind me of summer; fresh baked cookies remind me of fall, Old Spice reminds me of my Grandpa Chris and Lavendar makes me think of my son.
I am not a huge lover of perfumes, I prefer natural scents: citrus, roses, almond, vanilla, and spice.
Fresh baked scents, like apple pie, gingerbread and chocolate cake comfort me.
My BFF stayed with us for a month and she turned our guest room into her space - it never smelled better than it did when she was here. The first time I walked into the room it brought back memories of growing up with her. Just a soft, clean and warm floral scent.
What a wonderful way to leave a mark on the world! To have a signature scent- a wonderful smell that lingers and reminds people of you. I am going to have to experiment with this!
On my way to work today I decided to practice just being in the moment. I left my cell phone in my purse, turned off the radio and just drove.
The best way I have found to get centered is to engage your senses. What do you see? hear? feel? smell? I encourage you to try this.
BTW: All I could smell was coconut lotion from Kauai. It did make me happy. = )