Olfactory Overload - Tab
- Hi Tab,
Had a good laugh at your comments on olfactory overload. Yes, I think
someone new to my session would have an overload. For me it has been
a gradual or incremental progression. The candles are not scented.
The incense is smokeless and hardly noticeable which is why I burn
two. I adjust the bergamot to be just right for me after over a
year's practice doing it. I had a slight cold that day so I was
dripping slightly, before the session started. I think the
combination of smells and meditation relaxation opened up my sinuses
more than I expected.
I have tried meditating with my eyes open, but I find eyes closed to
be more effective. With the inner sounds approach, I am quite
conscious of the rush of sounds that happen when I open my eyes. I
guess our brains do a lot of visual processing. For me meditation is
best when the brain has reduced sensory processing to a minimum.
I find it interesting that you would be worried of your house burning
down if you used candles during your meditation. I put my candles in
holders. I have never had a problem with flames since there is
nothing very close to them that could burn. I happen to have a fire
extinguisher in the room - which I have never used.
I had an odd experience with bergamot. I used to use another
essential oil, I have forgotten the name, but it was a Body Shop
product. When I ran out, I sent someone to buy some more for me. They
returned saying that the shop had run out of my regular oil and the
shopkeeper had suggested I try Bergazest - probably a combination of
Bergamot and lemon. The first time I used Bergazest was the first
time I experienced the waves of bliss. I can't be sure there is a
link, since I have been able to experience the waves without the oil,
however I have a strong suspicion there is a link. I wonder if anyone
has any knowledge of essential oils and meditation experiences?
I can understand your concern about writing your meditation
experiences. My thinking is that when we share our experiences we
come closer to the higher significance of what we are doing.