Moon Over Maui

A Jewish Mystical Journey through the Year

Follow Your Nose

Written By: Jueli Garfinkle - Nov• 14•11

According Jewish mysticism, each moon cycle exudes healing through a specific area of focus. In Cheshvan, healing occurs through the sense of smell. You smell somewhere between 4,000 and 10,000 smells a day. That’s a lot.

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Your breath and your smell are interrelated. They are connected to the parasympathetic nervous system. That means, they are activated all of the time without you having to give it any thought. For example, breathing requires no mental effort. Whether you think of breathing or not, you still breathe. (Or you are dead.) The same is true for smell. You are smelling all of the time, 24/7, without any pause. Whether or not you are aware of it, you smell thousands of scents every single day.

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Take Action: Throughout this moon, take time to notice smell. Breathe deeply and, if you can, try to notice what smells you are breathing. The air you inhale may have an odor (or not), and it may have other qualities as well. Subtlety is key. Notice the quality of the air you inhale. For example, the air may be fresh,crisp, sour. It may burn your nostrils or it could remind you of something endearing from the past. As you walk around breathing during this moon, keep a tally of your smells. Recognize that the air you breathe is administering the exact healing you require.

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