Hello and welcome to part 4 of the mindfulness@Christmas series.
Today is about being mindful of smells. Christmas is a time for amazing smells, different candle scents, as well as frankincense and myrrh (after all nativity season is coming).
We have all been there, rushing around and then we are hit by one of those lovely Christmas smells, be it a candle in a shop, an orange that has been covered in cloves – they have christmas written all over them and when we get hit by that smell you just know Christmas is coming. Sadly we are so busy, we get hit by the smell but we don’t take that precious moment to enjoy them.
Today is about giving you those few moments to notice Christmas smells and enjoy them. The memories they might trigger, be them good or bad, they are memories for a reason and all you have to do is accept them and then let go.
So make yourself comfortable for a moment and lets get ready for smelling all things Christmas today.
Adjust your shoulders, hips and let your hands and feet relax. Softly close your eyes.
Breathe in deeply and breathe out deeply.
Begin to allow your body to relax with each out breath. Give yourself permission to be still for a few moments today.
Our nose is the organ we use for smell. On your next in breath, breathe in through your nose and then out through your mouth.
Breathe in deeply through your nose and then let go as you release the out breath through your mouth.
Begin to focus on the in breath, do you notice any smells as you breathe in.
Then on the out breath give yourself permission to let go.
Breathe in, notice the smells, then let go.
Continue with this breathing pattern for a few moments, in through the nose, out through the mouth.
As you go through your day today. Anytime you come across a smell, consciously change your breathing to in through the nose and out through the mouth. So you can get the full effect of the smell.
You might surprise yourself today and notice different things about smells that you remember from last year.
Take one more deep breath in through the nose, then out through the mouth.
Let you breath return to its natural rhythm, wiggle your fingers and toes. Softly open your eyes.
Enjoy todays task.
Thank you for listening.