Jan 02, 2019
by Sophia Ruan Gushée
How often do you think about your nose?
I rarely do. Except when I have a stuffy nose, runny nose, or sneezing fits.
What does the nose do for us? How can we connect with it? Can doing so empower us somehow?
The nose works hard for us. By taking the time to learn more about it, we can align ourselves to work with the nose—to guide us towards safety and health, investigate odors, explore chronic symptoms (like which environmental factors may trigger nausea / headaches / dizziness / allergies), connect to our brain and lungs, trigger pleasant memories, and to heal.
If you practice yoga and/or meditation, then you know the benefits of paying attention to your breath or thoughts.
By observing your thoughts, you becoming increasingly less reactive to, and intertwined with, your thoughts.
By noticing and controlling your breath, the breath becomes both a signal of relaxation or stress, fitness levels, and a tool to influence our body and mind.
In 2019, we are going to expand this idea to various (and often overlooked) parts of our being, starting with the nose! This journey can nurture a detox that is led by our senses and body's symptoms. It's organic, gentle, and will help us listen to our innate wisdom.
Please join me as I take a nose dive into our body parts to explore the universe within us. Register for my monthly newsletter to stay tuned.
If meditation is defined as taking time to still the mind and enhance awareness, then join me this year on meditating on our unseen parts. Throughout January, we will meditate on the nose.
Our nose is the primary entryway for air to enter our body. And our nose, and its parts (like cilia and turbinates), helps to protect our other body parts and prepare the inhaled air for the rest of our bodies, like our lungs and throat.
Key parts that we'll touch upon are below. In the next section, we discuss how these key parts serve us.
Below is a simple video, explaining the nose, which can be great to watch with the kids.
Enjoy the video below to see a visual explanation of the olfactory system.
Our nose cleans, moisturizes, and regulates the temperature of inhaled air for the rest of the body. It also is important in taste, pleasure, safety, attraction, memories, and more.
Most of us ignore our nose unless it gives us trouble, but people who know about the nose know that it is one of the most versatile and elegant organs in the human body.
Thank you nose and nose parts! We are going to get to know you better to support, and listen to, you. We will learn more about your roles so that we can listen to you as a guide on an organic detox journey.
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