This morning, while I was walking in the amazing park of Maria Luisa, a SIMPHONY OF PERFUMES quickly invaded my nose: earth, flowers, trees… at the same speed I started to EVOKE MEMORIES that immediately transported me to events in different TIMES AND PLACES…Have you ever asked yourself how and why this can happen?
What do your memories smell like?
Memories triggered by scents are much stronger than those coming from the senses of sight and hearing. Very often these memories take us back to events belonging to our tender childhood. On many occasions we remember more the SENSATIONS we lived and associated with those smells, than the scenes or the events themselves. We could almost define them as FLASHBACKS. They are able to activate our entire body…If we close our eyes and focus, we can LIVE THOSE EMOTIONS ONCE AGAIN and it is so real that we feel we are still living them as if it were now.
We are PERFECT ANIMALS and for this reason we are equipped with a perfect brain. Inside our brain there is a kind of PANDORA BOX WITH OUR MEMORIES. It is almost like inserting a coin in a cold drink vending machine, where you chose the drink and simply press the button. The LIMBIC SYSTEM works in the same way. As soon as you smell something, the server activates your mental processor inside the GIANT COMPUTER and starts searching for the associated memory in our archive. It is very clear that we remember it in an abstract way, but the EMOTIONAL IMPACT can be very intense and physical.
Misteries and abilities of our mind
DREAM OR REALITY? How is it possible that I can reconnect with an event, apparently so far back in time, and yet experience it with such liveliness? There is still so much to discover about the MISTERIES AND ABILITIES OF OUR MIND!
Yes, my dear friends, we are PRIMITIVE AND OLFACTORY ANIMALS.
I recall with sweet tenderness an episode involving my second child, when he was recently born. It was about 15 days after his birth. We were in full phase of adaptation, for me, as much as for him; in that moment when the child absorbs so much of your attention that you have not got any time, not even 5 minutes to have a relaxed shower.
Pablo was crying and crying in his cradle, I was with him inside the bathroom, and intuitively, I put my dressing gown just next to his little face…the effect was magic and immediate…The garment, saturated of my smell, calmed him down in a blink…magic? Not really…the association of the smell from the dressing gown whispered in his ear: “it is only for a moment, you are safe, you are in your COMFORTABLE ZONE”.
I will never forget how he fell asleep, curled up in my dressing gown, that one he had associated with his TRIBE, with his ORIGIN.
Renew or die
In the same way we pair up romantically. Everybody knows that we choose our partner greatly influenced by his or her smell and by all those connotations associated with it. It is the smell of someone who could contribute to the IMPROVEMENT OF THE SPECIE, moving it to a higher evolutionary step in the following GENERATION.
RENEW OR DIE…this is the message, from the beginning of the world. This SELECTION is common to all species…The human being was not going to be an exception.
I jump at the picture at the top of these lines. As you can see, I am an ANIMAL quite olfactory, and I enjoy mixing PERFUMES. Personally, I prefer to be surrounded by citric and fresh perfumes, using them with simplicity, without any complication and with cleanliness…Maybe because this reminds me of my mother´s smell?
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Go back to the origins
As you can see, we go back to the ORIGINS where every single smell has A VERY STRONG EMOTIONAL AND ANCESTRAL CONNECTION.
The smells are our first memories…Deeply engraved in the most hidden parts of our brain. Breath in deeply and feel it… Live that film as many times as you like it…the choice is very wide, and this influences even which washing power we go for: this one instead of that one. Our smell influences us a lot…and that can be applied to smells that are unpleasant too, of course.
There are SMELLS… for every type of person. Enjoy them and REMEMBER that if you like them, it is not simply by CHANCE. Awake your senses and your memories. Close your eyes so that you can focus more and …HAVE A HAPPY JOURNEY BACK TO THE PAST FROM THE PRESENT. ?