“Smell is a potent wizard that transports you across thousands of miles and all the years you have lived.” – Helen Keller


In The Call of Sedona, Ilchi Lee mentions the fragrance of the land at various hiking places around Sedona. His comments produce longing unlike any other to smell those smells and link them to an experience of “forest fragrance” or the hoped-for scent of an ancient apple orchard.

We could easily take our senses for granted as we go about our lives. Elegantly, the sense of smell goes on recording sensory input. We are not aware of the depth of the mind where the sensory experience is scribed, that is, until a memory is called up to transport our thoughts to another place and time.

Can you give yourself a little gift in this present moment that will surface much later, perhaps when your body has grown too old to hike the raw earth and sit motionless with eyelids closed under a favorite mountain tree?

Create that memory now. Create it without creating it; just let it come to you, without trying to shape the experience, without trying to receive a particular message. Relax and softly focus on your breath and your beating heart. Draw in the air, close your eyes and simply receive. Imagine your mind as pristine, and allow the impressions of scent and sound to fill you up . . not to trip memories of some other forgotten time, but to create a keepsake, a scented, sonic “touchpoint” of “now.”

Just sit, smell the scent of the land, and receive. When you are finished, open your eyes and allow the sight of where you sit to be seen with fresh, new awareness, and smile.

Lynn A. TrombettaBy Lynn A. Trombetta: A freelance web writer on topics of art, music, and wellness, Lynn is also a wildlife artist/photographer, professional flutist, recording artist, and published author.