The scent of spring

Can words describe the fragrance of the very breath of spring?

-Neltje Blanchan

What does spring smell like to you? So many fragrances come to mind for me, like rain, earth, moldy leaves, Mayday blossoms….just to name a few.

In Calgary, where I live, spring reveals itself slowly – taking time to fully open itself after a long winter.

My walk along the Bow River today was enriched with the scent of Balm of Gilead – those sticky little buds found on Poplar trees in the spring. Are you familiar with this scent?

It’s mildly sweet and earthy – and it was an invitation for me to pause and simply be in the moment.

You can do the same on your walks this spring. When you notice a fragrance, treat it as an invitation to pause and sink into the moment.

  • Take a few deep breaths. You may choose to close your eyes.
  • Notice the scent for what it is. How would you describe it? Does the scent have a shape or a colour? Does it bring back any memories? Does it evoke any particular feelings?
  • Listen to the sounds that you hear. Are there birds singing? Do you hear the sound of urban life? Or moving water?
  • Feel the air/sun/wind on your body. Can you feel the warmth of the sun? Or the wind move through your hair?
  • If your eyes are open, notice what you see around you.
  • Simply be in the moment for a few breaths or minutes – whatever is available to you.

Let me know if you try out this simple sensory meditation practice. How did it feel? What spring scent made you pause?

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