INTEGRATION - INSIDE AND OUTSIDE - SMELLINGThis essay repeats in Chapter One and Four
new and probably still a bit messy - Feb 20th -
Traditional and modern meditations are full of breathing awareness exercises. However, i have never heard of the sense of smell being used or even mentioned in any breathing awareness meditation or pranayama exercise (the yoga of breathing).
Hedgehogs and dogs would probably consider breathing, without smelling, to be a complete waste of time.
Smell is the active ingredient of the breath. If i'm not aware of the smell, then it is only a narrow awareness of the breathing. It's like hearing electrical notes without the trumpet and violin tones. It's like seeing in black and white.
None of our broadband senses are as intimate as the sense of smell. We take smell inside our bodies, in a way we don't feel with sounds and sights. We may sometimes feel sounds pass through us, but this is not comparable with the smells which fill us. Whereas listening stimulates an immediate pin-point nowness, smelling stimulates integration.
Tasting and smelling are intrinsically connected, and they are a far stranger and deeper world than seeing and listening.
Modern day humans are so unfamiliar with their senses of smell and taste, that we need time to relearn about them and start to recognise their potential.