Our garden at home was filled with roses when I was young and the memory of them is lodged deep within me. One day, aged six or seven, playing and somewhat distracted, I fell in to a thorny bush right next to our front door and had to peel myself out – quickly, yet carefully enough, to not get too hurt. On reflection, this was useful preparation for adult life and has become a metaphor for much of mine!
What I remember most, though, about that time and that garden is the overwhelmingly beautiful scent that filled the air when the flowers were in bloom and the ‘perfume’ we used to make when they were shedding their petals.
Today, on a break from work, I took a walk to the river and there it was again – the aroma of beautiful roses, which have just begun to flower in this part of the world. It hit me like a wave – suddenly I was small again. Happy memories of my childhood came flooding back: long days, paddling pools, bird’s nests, bicycles, grandparents. It’s true that smell, memory and emotion are powerfully linked; I feel spacious and connected as I write this.
In the Northern Hemisphere we are in mid-spring; the season of blossom, cut grass, chirping chicks, unpredictable weather and lengthening days. Every trip outside delivers a bounty of fragrance, beauty, colour and noise. Astrologically, we are transiting Taurus season – the sign of the zodiac that rules the physical senses: sight, smell, sound, taste and touch. This season of the senses is a time where we can use our body and its many gifts to ground into ourselves, find more space inside and connect with what’s important.
So, as you go about your business over the next few weeks and beyond, I invite you to let your senses awaken, for there are many lessons we can take from our connection to the material and physical world – particularly at this time.
If you wish, you can consider these gentle prompts as a place to start:
• What smells do you tune in to and what memories do these scents trigger?
• How do the noises of nature help you awaken?
• What do you hear first?
• How tuned in are you to your sense of touch?
• How do you notice the changing of the light?
• How does the food of the season make you feel?
Enjoy the sunny season – and all that is brings!
Take care for now, Laura.