Meditation on the Senses of Smell and Taste

By Rudra Shivananda

The senses of smell and taste are associated with the 1st and 2nd chakras respectively. The control of these senses is necessary for the awakening of these two chakras. Normally, we are under their spell and do not really understand what they are doing unless challenged by strong stimuli such as a perfupexels-photo-627979.jpegme or some chilly food.

In the first meditation, connect the appropriate chakra with a sense, for example, the 1st chakra and smell. Take some real smell such as a rose or an essential oil and let the aroma fill you while concentrating on the chakra. Do this for at least 10 minutes.

Next, imagine a specific aroma and try to “smell” it – this will be difficult for many people, but can be developed just as visualization can be developed for the sense of sight.
Practice for at least 10 minutes. Take a particular smell and stick to it for some period of time instead of changing it every meditation session.

In the third meditation, try to vary the aroma in a session – you can try to imagine three to five related smells. Practice for 10 minutes.

For the first 4 weeks, practice to control the sense of smell and then change to the sense of taste for another 4 weeks.


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