When one is taught about mindfulness, meditation, and yoga, smell is rarely mentioned. Nowadays, with immense focus on the physical practice, smelling is easily overlooked by those searching to go deeper into contemplative practices. Our noses know the powerfully compelling films of memories to play in our minds, alerting us of threats in the environment, spoiling us with warmth and comfort, and ultimately becoming a part of our identities. Incorporating scent into your meditation or yoga routine can truly transform your practice.
Throughout history, aromas have been used in medical, spiritual, and cosmetic rituals to calm the mind, connect with higher consciousness, and beautify. Ancient Egyptians adored fragrance and used spikenard, frankincense, and cassia to ritualize this life and pay homage to the next one. Ancient Greeks viewed perfumes and oils as gifts from the gods, offering them up in holy worship rituals. Tibetan Buddhists even added juniper berries to incense to aid in achieving meditative states. As history shows, aroma is a powerful transporter of mind, body, and spirit.
Incorporate some sacred scents into your own ritual! Here are five essential oils that will certainly add a new element to your mindful practice.