How does it look? sound? taste? smell?
What a minute. Smell?!
That’s certainly not a way I’ve ever thought about faith.
But as Brent Bill and Beth Booram point out in Awaken Your Senses,
The idea that the human and divine experiences of scent and the sacred intertwine is not new. The Hebrew Testament contains many exhortations to make sweet-smelling sacrifices to the Lord. And the apostle Paul tells us that “we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ”… Without bodies that touch, hear, smell, see and taste, it is impossible to pick up our crosses, as Jesus calls us to do.Bill and Booram alternate stories of seeing the divine in everyday experiences with physical practices designed to help us embody Christian teachings. For example, a finger labyrinth is used as a metaphor for journeying inward and outward, and the tastes of vinegar and peppermint are used to symbolize the bitterness of shame and the sweetness of forgiveness.
By engaging our senses, we will be more physically present and feel closer to God as we become “alive to the beauty and suffering in life, to all its possibilities and cries for healing.”
If you’re interested in starting a mindfulness practice but are more comfortable with quotes from the Bible than the Buddha, this is the book for you.
Make Me an Instrument of Peace
Noticing the Five Senses: A Daily Mindfulness Log
Zen Gifts to Christians (recommended book)
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