In Workout for the Nose : How to Improve Your Sense of Smell I outlined several exercises that will improve your sense of smell. They are guaranteed to give results if you devote at least some time to smelling consciously. But as I’ve found in my own training, the best results come from doing these exercises with someone else. Not only do you get more motivated to follow through, but you also learn from the observations of others.
So, let’s devote this week to the most basic–and the most effective–smelling exercise. It involves noting the scents you encounter in your day-to-day life and writing them down at the end of each day this week. We can then comment on each other’s fragrant experiences, share our own, and learn to use our noses more often.
The thread will be on the front page of Bois de Jasmin for the whole week; the regular posts will resume on Monday, May 19th. You can add notes on what you smelled anytime you wish and however often you want. Pay attention to everything you smell, the good and the bad. If you pass by a flower bush, take a deep inhale. Before you eat your food or drink your tea, note the scent. It may feel self-conscious and unnatural at first, but even after a couple of days, you will crave your fragrant stimulation.
In sharing your notes, you can start simply by listing what you smelled: tar on the road, freshly brewed coffee, wet grass. Or you can be more descriptive. The idea is not to be a wordsmith or impress each other by detecting the minute nuances, but just to smell. And to have fun doing it!
Of course, if you have any questions, please ask them in the comments section. I’ll be sharing my own scented notes each day too. Shall we stop and smell the roses (or in my cases, chestnut blossoms)?
Photography by Bois de Jasmin, Kyiv’s famous chestnut trees are in bloom at last.