The mindful way to stop and smell the roses
By Luke Vorstermans
This is not a blog about why you should stop and smell the roses. I mean, you should heed that advice for your own health and well being, but I want to bring your attention to what it is that you are actually doing when you are engaged in smelling those roses.
Sitting smack in the middle of your face is your unadorned, and under-appreciated nose – your sense of smell. I won’t get into all the dynamics of how the scent of a rose delivers that, “Aaaaaah” sigh of scent pleasure, but there is something you should know about your sense of smell that will bring a new, elevated relationship with this enigmatic sense.
Whether it’s the aroma of a fruitcake baking in the oven, smoked gammon or stuffed turkey, the festive season has its own, characteristic smells. With the COVID pandemic keeping traditional holiday travel and entertaining to a minimum -- if at all -- you can emphasize the nostalgia and sentiment of Christmas throughout your house with essential oils in diffusers in the 12 scents of the season.
ANGER, anxiety, excitement and joy are just a few of the many emotions people can experience.
By Sandra Visser
Our emotions (what we feel) constantly change and are complex. With so many emotions it’s understandable that at times we struggle to know which emotion we’re feeling but also to control the one we’re feeling. Emotions can be triggered by a thought (internal stimulus) or something that happened (external stimulus). Emotion is often the driving force behind our actions – negative or positive.
Our emotions are like internal switches that spur us to action. Thoughts follow shortly after we’ve experienced an emotion. We feel first, then we think. Emotions are activated to trigger survival techniques such as the fight, flight or freeze response. It happens on a subconscious level.
Breaths comes in pairs except for two times in our lives – the beginning and the end.