Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Countdown to Contentment ~ Day 11

Loving ourselves and life from where we are 

I’m counting down to contentment — to the starting date of my new sacred journey course,Creating a Life of Contentment,"  which begins Sept. 15. For one entire year we will travel together as intimate companions: to relax, let go and rest into Love; to discover the bliss of our own life. I hope you will join me! You can learn all about it here. 

The Smell of Contentment

We are sensual creatures. We participate in the fullness of life through our five senses.

With the pace of life being what it is, I am ever reminded how important it is for us to pay attention to our senses—keep them amped up to “high,” if you will, so we have a full-blown and colorful experience of life.  Otherwise we can flit and float through our days, disconnected from the simple pleasures that can offer contentment ... peace of mind ... gratitude.

At one point in my life, when my children were young, I was madly dashing from here to there. The car-pooling phase of life, I call it. Often it seemed as if life was nothing more than a series of events whizzing by like scenery as seen through a car window—a colorless blur of activity.

In the midst of this life phase, thankfully, I had a sudden "awakening." I was driving down a country road and was shocked to discover that the leaves had fully changed and were beginning to fall from the trees. A riot of color had been happening right in front of my eyes for days, weeks, and I never saw it.  I had been completely disconnected from the season of autumn on a sense level.

(Thankfully, mindfulness practice changed all that.)

By mindfully tuning into our senses on a moment-to-moment basis, we can experience feelings of ease. Our senses root us in the present moment. They are powerful gateways to Contentment.

Which brings me to this question.

What does Contentment smell like to you?

What assails your nose and ushers in feelings of satisfaction, pleasure, or appreciation?

Here’s a sampling from my list of what Contentment smells like in my world:

Baked goods fresh from the oven
A campfire
Garlic and pesto
Fresh grass clippings
Coffee brewing
Leaves burning
Lavender aromatherapy
The ocean
Roses and lilacs
Fresh, clean sheets

Turn up your sense of smell today and notice what delights await you.

What does Contentment smell like in your world? I’d love to hear.

Interesting aside, I found this short but information article on our senses. Did you know that there is a distinct difference between sniffing and smelling? 

Will you join me for the "Creating a Life of Contentment" course beginning soon? 11 days and counting to the sacred journey of a lifetime!


Rose - The Center of My Self said...

I love your list, Jan!
A sampling of mine, which include some of yours:

A sweaty, happy kid (weird, but I love the sense that the kid has played hard and happily)
The ocean
The bonfires along the beach
Sweetpeas (my favorite flower)
My living room (I have a couple of reed diffusers)
My oldest granddaughter's hair
A baby

The smell of a freshly diapered baby just puts me in a happy place of contentment.

Janice Lynne Lundy said...

Great list, Rose. I love the baby sweetness throughout....