My youngest child would arrive on the scene and announce, “Something smells.” She was informing us that her nose was receiving information, post her surgery, and sharing it with the rest of her and that was a very exciting thing, thus we would celebrate. After the good news, we would then remind her that most of the rest of the world would need a descriptor word attached to that phrase to feel comfortable; words like good, stinky, yummy, scary, or sweet.
I want to give a “hats off – salute” to my sense of smell. It is one of the wonders of my world and it is so informative and acute. I am so grateful to have such a good sense of smell, all though it is not always easy.
On the positive side, I love the smell coming off the top of my baby’s head – I can tell if the tummy is doing well, the baby is comfortable and what is the emotional goings on inside. I think all mothers and fathers recognize these smells in order to protect their infant, but many folks don’t know they are reading that smell, and the snuggling part is oh so good!
When I meet a new person, I can tell if they are eating well, and feeling good about themselves and if what they are telling me is part of who they are or if the emotions don’t match up to the words. I can tell if a person has eaten something that is not good for them or if they have had something very sweet recently.
The negative part of having such a clear scent receptor is that I can be overwhelmed by deodorant, perfume, after shave, detergent, shampoo, cleaning products, and illness. Holiday shoppers at a mall are overwhelming in so many ways, and I am guaranteed a headache and a kind of anxiety that accompanies it. We have one store at our mall which sends the clerks around hourly to spray their brand. I can’t even enter.
I was sitting next to a woman in a meditation group one night, she was coming down with strep throat, I could smell it all over her and I had to leave and go outside for fresh air. It was literally coming in my nose and down my throat.
I think so many retired school teachers in their 80-90s have lung problems because they taught in asbestos filled classrooms for so many years – even if they did not smoke – they did not know that was what they smelled.
I had to stop using cleaning products like vinegar and baking soda and switch to tea tree oil in my home. I have a child who is very allergic to dust mites and mold and I can smell both of those things growing and producing. The tea tree oil did destroy both without boiling the sheets every day. It made me wonder if all the products on the market do more to cover up rather than clean up. Don’t even get me started on chlorine bleach.
I cannot smell the difference between allergies and a cold.
I can smell many toxic smells even when I am outside and can protect those around me.
My sense of smell has provided me with a great deal of information though out my life time and I am usually delighted to have it working for me. I believe the greatest link to my intuition is my sense of smell.
Aachooo! Sneezing is such a fabulous invention!
So now I would like to know which of the senses work best for you and why? Do a little data collecting about getting in touch and seeing what serves you well and sharing that with others. What sense are you grateful for?