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