Right now, I am suffering. We were hit by a bad storm and we have no idea when our power is going to be back on. The worst part is that it's getting into near-freezing weather at night annnnnd our emergency generator is almost out of gas.
My suffering made me start to question if it was even necessary. Can I be happy regardless of my cold little hands knocking away at this keyboard? The old me would have said no, that warmth is necessary for happiness! But the new me is starting to think that isn't true. Let me explain...
In Buddhism there is a story about two arrows. In this story, the Buddha asks a student, "If a person is struck by an arrow, is it painful?"
The student replies, "Yes, it is painful."
The Buddha asks, "If the person is struck by a second arrow, is it even more painful?"
The student replies, "Yes, it is more painful to be struck by two arrows"
The Buddha then went on to explain, "In life, we can’t always control the first arrow. However, the second...
A lot of people swear by aromatherapy for emotional release. This is because aromatherapy is one of the few things we can do that has a direct impact on the mind.
You can test this theory by think of a smell that jogs a memory. For me, its the smell of old lady rose perfume. My great-grandmother always smelled like that and her bedroom was an explosion of it. Now whenever I smell some a rose scent, I'm transported back to her.
Do you have a smell like that?
Sometimes these scents are so ingrained into our brain that they cause an emotional response instead of a memory. For instance, simply think of smelling fresh peppermint and noticing how it makes you feel?
Smells can do this because they directly impact the limbic center of our brain. The limbic system is the emotional center of our body and it is responsible for the experience and expression of emotion. To think that smell can do that! It's amazing, isn't it?