41 to 50 – Do the “Hey, SMELL This!”
This is one of my favorite exercises. My family and I do a version of this exercise January 1st every year. It is such a powerful tool so I suggest you start working on it immediately.
Before you start this exercise, you will need the following ingredients:
1 Poster Board; 3 Full Sheets of Construction Paper (Pick a variety of colors but they cannot be Red or Black); 7 index cards (or pieces of paper approximately that size); 1 pen or pencil; Tape or glue; 1 Scented marker; 1 Can of Air Freshener (Pick a Fragrance that you LOVE); scissors
Step 1 – The Hearts
The first step of this exercise is to cut out 3 large hearts from the 3 pages of construction paper. Each heart will represent a different theme: 1) Tracking your SWEET SMELLING thoughts, 2) Items you collected that reinforce your SWEET thoughts, & 3) Positive SWEET emotions you experience as a result of tracking your SWEET SMELLING thoughts. Now label the 3 hearts, 1) SWEET SMELLING Thoughts, 2) I Attracted, & 3) SWEET Emotions.
Step 2 – The Poster
Write “I SMELL Good!” at the top of the poster board. Tape or glue the hearts on the construction paper wherever you like. In the blank areas of the poster board where the hearts are not at, fill in with things you would like in your life. You can cut out pictures from magazines, use real pictures, cartoons, draw your own pictures, use words, letters, numbers, etc. Somewhere in those blank spaces you need to have a positive emotions you would like to experience. Examples include: Love, Happiness, Joy, Peace, Courage, Gratitude, etc.
Step 3 – Daily Work
In the morning, take out one of the 7 index cards and carry it with you all day. It does not matter where you go or what you do, just carry it with you all day. Do this every day for the next week.Every time a single SWEET SMELLING thought pops up, say “Thank you. Ahhh!” This means that you are now tracking your positive or SWEET SMELLING thoughts. I personally love this exercise and I am sure that you will to. Since what you focus on EXPANDS, having SWEET SMELLING thoughts bring more SWEET SMELLING things to you.
Step 4 – Updating Heart #1
At night, update the heart labeled “SWEET SMELLING Thoughts” with the SWEET SMELLING marks from the day. Start by spraying the fragrance can around the board. Take a nice breadth and say “I SMELL GOOD!” then write the date and the number of marks for the day. An example would be: 4/19 – 8, 4/20 – 13, 4/21 – 18.
Step 5 – Updating Heart #2
At night, update the heart labeled “I Attracted” if any items in the blank spaces have showed up in your life. Start by spraying the fragrance can around the board. Take a nice breadth and say “I SMELL GOOD!” For example, if you listed new phone and you received one today, then “move” it from the blank spaces to the heart. You do this by drawing an arrow and then either drawing another picture in the heart or simply spelling out what you got.
Step 6 – Updating Heart #3
At night, update the heart labeled “SWEET Emotions” if you had any really good feelings during the day. Start by spraying the fragrance can around the board. Take a nice breadth and say “I SMELL GOOD!” If they happen to be labeled in the blank spaces, move them as mentioned above in step 6.
Step 7 – Final Step
Show your poster to your friends, family members, or anyone you would like to. Before you tell them what you are doing, preface it by saying “I SMELL GOOD!” Then explain your new SWEET SMELLING poster.
To learn more about each of these exercises or to learn more exercises and techniques, you can purchase my book, The Building Blocks of Awareness: Seven Days to Inner Peace. Just“contact me” to let me know you wish to purchase a copy until my online bookstore is complete.