The sense of smell is very powerful. It can help us to connect with the present, but it can also trigger memories. A smell can remind you of a particular person or memory or place or event or a particular thing. Therefore it is important you choose smells that make you happy and not sad.
The smell of roses, garden, ocean, forest or chocolate cookies, scented oils and scented candles can soothe us, but they can also bring us into the present and help us to be more mindful.
Go to a garden or local park to smell a rose. Go to ocean and smell the ocean. Go to a kitchen and smell food. Burn a scented candle in your room. Apply some scented oils to your body.
During this simple mindfulness exercise try to put all your focus on what you can smell around you.
Mindfulness has been a part of eastern culture including Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam for centuries. It is well documented in their traditional scriptures. These exercise can be found in most of the books or material on mindfulness. More recently Mindfulness has been found helpful in dealing with stress, anxiety, negative emotions, low mood, pain tolerance and insomnia. We will be regularly uploading various mindfulness exercises here. Keep checking this page regularly.