Meditation Perfume – Otherwise known as what I like to smell when I’m trying to shut my mind off for ten minutes.
With the new year, I decided to do the 30-day meditation challenge. It’s pretty simple, you just take 10 minutes every day to sit with yourself. I’m sure many of you do meditate or have tried it or at least are familiar with why/how you do it.
Given my proclivity to be a flibbertygibbet, meditation is a challenge, but I’ve got three days under my belt. The first day was torture, the second day was more torture because I remembered how much I hated the first day. Yesterday, I sorta looked forward to my torture, which wasn’t all that tortured. I expect that to vary from day to day, but I’m fully committed to doing this because someone like me really needs something like this. I don’t even want to talk about my latest OCD that involved a lot of vegan cookbooks, a pressure cooker and — well, it won’t be pretty, I do know that.
As I sat om mani padme om’ing in my head last night, my hand went up to brush my hair back, and I caught a whiff of something spectacular and comforting. I had complete forgotten I had put on Soivohle’s Meerschaum on my hand. Then I spent the remainder of my ten long minutes thinking about what a great tobacco scent it is, and it reminded me of my dad and some of my best memories of late nights and the scent of burning tobacco when I was happy, content, protected, loved in that kid way that just can’t happen to you gain after the age of 13. This isn’t the more sweet version like Tom Ford’s Tobacco Vanille, nor is it as way in your face as Kilian’s Back to Black. It’s rich, pungent, but wears close to the skin so you don’t walk around screaming “I’m a Tobacco shop!!!” with your sillage. It’s got an exquisite little cinnamon note that floats around in the tobacco leaves and the burnt matches. I don’t know what memory she is working off of, but is the ideal of tobacco for me. And it is a great Meditation Perfume.
Clear, not overpowering, and deeply meditative in the most comforting way. Now, I don’t know that it helped my meditation at all. Meditation doesn’t have a goal except to just do it and keep working it out, but it did get me to thinking about good Meditation Perfume. So I’m adding to my 30-day meditation challenge by taking a different scent with me each night and seeing if that impacts my fidgeting or not. Ideas? Incense scents are a natural, so I’ll be trying all of the CdG incense series, and I’ve got some Cire Trudon scent bombs that I’ll try. I’m thinking some PdNs would work well here, like D’une Fete.
If you do meditate, do you take scent with you? Is it distracting? Not? What scents work best?