Rabu, 08 Agustus 2012

Smells Can Make Your Memory Better

Some years ago, my parents made a special party for my friends and their parents. It was my fifth birthday and I can still remember the type of fun I had. I was so excited! I received two special gifts from my parents that I absolutely adored; a new wristwatch with a Roy Rogers picture on it and a big bottle of cologne that smelled just like the one my dad used to wear.

After the kids went home, the adults stayed to have their own party and I was able to stay up late for the first time I could remember. But the rule was, "I could be seen but not heard." I was bubbling with excitement about my new gifts and kept asking my mother if I could say something, I wanted everyone to smell my new cologne and hear my watch tick.

She said, "NO!" while repeating the rule, "Kids are to be seen and not heard." I wanted to tell everyone about my new presents, but my mother kept scolding that if I wanted to stay up until 10:00 O' Clock that I wasn't to make a peep. She said, "It's now the adults' time."

Well, I kept bugging her until she agreed that I could say something about my gifts and then I had to go right to bed.

I announced to everyone in my loudest voice. "If you hear anything or smell something, that's ME!" "Smell is a potent wizard that transports us across thousands of miles and all the years we have lived." - Helen Keller

Sometimes we are so wrapped up in our thinking and activity that we have lost touch with our senses. The old factory sense of smelling will bring us quickly back to a moment in time. Remember the smell of cookies baking in the oven around Christmas or the smell of the pine trees? It brings us right back to those childhood memories.

Many of us begin to lose our memory as our senses fade, but it can be recovered. In fact, you may be able to recover some long forgotten memories if you set an intention to be aware of smells. Focus on your nose as it recognizes its sensitivity. In Chinese medicine, the nose is related to the lungs and large intestines and if unbalanced, it will leave you with the feelings of sadness and grief. As you smell more consciously, let go of your judgment of the Aromas.

Don't label smells as either good or bad, simply appreciate them for their individual qualities. Smells can restore old memories. The positive emotions of the lungs are valor and courage. When I first stood up before a large group and started teaching the Recharging Qi Gong Exercises, I first did my deep breathing exercises to open up my lungs to bring in the emotion of courage to move forward.

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