The Power of Smell

Scent is an important component of pleasure, your olfactory nerves pick-up chemical messages from the air you breathe and conduct them quickly to the brain. Newborn babies, who are unable to see clearly, can recognize their mother by her smell. Smells are often associated with memories; a whiff of a particular food, perfume or place can immediately transport you into a moment from the past associated with that scent.

I remember several years ago visiting Illinois, where I grew up. I hadn’t been there in 30 years. It was late September and as I lay down on the ground a wave of euphoria swept over me, remembering the joy of playing in the autumn leaves as a child. The smell was completely different from autumn in northern California where I had been living for the past 20 years.

Pheromones can cause you to be attracted to or repealed by the fragrance a person gives off and may be an important factor in whom you choose to pick as a mate. Research has shown that a woman can smell a man’s sweaty T-shirt and determine if she will like him or not. Smell is often dramatically increased in pregnancy, possibly to enhance the mother’s ability to smell danger and keep herself and her unborn child safe. Your sense of smell is a great gift yet one often taken for granted.

Try this: Let your nose be your guide today. Notice what smells are pleasant and which are unpleasant. How does smell affect your awareness? Do you like the smell of your body? Do you enjoy the smell of your lover? What are your favorite smells? Which smells do you avoid? How do use scent to enhance pleasure?

(C)Copyright 2009, Crystal Dawn Morris, all rights reserved.


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