Writing my way through the A-to-Z blogging challenge, I’ve tasked myself with exploring the concepts of pronoia (the belief that the universe is conspiring to shower us with blessings), quiety (serenity) and peace – all through the lens of unusual, obscure, or simply delightful-to-me words.
M is for…
macrosmatic – having a good sense of smell
Earlier this week I returned from a week-long retreat in an area of the country that was already in full Spring bloom. When I left home the temperature was in the 40s and only a few tulip leaves were poking up. But when I returned a week later a bit more Spring magic had unfolded. The tulip magnolia tree next door is blossoming, the grass has turned mostly green, and now a few tulips have sprouted their flowers and my lilac bush is leafing out. Heavenly!
As an aromatherapist and natural botanical perfumer, scent is very important to me. Maybe I’m saying that backwards. I suspect the truth is that I became an aromatherapist and perfumer BECAUSE I have such a great love of fragrance.
I committed a long time ago to avoid use of synthetic fragrances in my life and instead strongly advocate for the intimate connection to nature that comes from working with and only wearing botanical aromatic treasures from flowers, leaves, barks, seeds, rinds, and roots.
Fragrance can be complex both aromatically and in the feelings, memories, and thoughts it evokes. It is my belief that the natural world has so much to teach us and we should listen carefully.
I’m in love with Rumi quote:
“The morning wind spreads its fresh smell.
We must get up and take that in,
that wind that lets us live.
Breathe before it’s gone.”
That’s the admonition I’m taking to heart today. I invite you to as well.
What beauty are you allowing yourself to breathe in? Have a favorite natural fragrance? Love the wind as I do? Do tell – you know I love to hear.