A more refreshing fragrance

How to overcome problems related to odor

Walk out across a field of newmown alfalfa; sniff a favorite dessert cooking in the oven; take a deep breath after a summer rain has just settled the dust. Whatever cultural, geographical, or social differences people may have, a pleasant smell is an enjoyment held in common. These welcome impressions may well symbolize something far beyond the realm of matter. "Mind, God, sends forth the aroma of Spirit, the atmosphere of intelligence," writes Mary Baker Eddy (Science and Health, pp. 191-192).

Much as we might appreciate a refreshing scent, this statement leads us toward something more than an enjoyable awareness based on limited physical senses. The impression made on these senses may be delightful at one moment but distasteful the next. "The aroma of Spirit," however, tells us something about the eternal freshness of God's reality; it reminds us of divine Spirit's ever-presence. Understanding this intelligent allness of God can be invaluable when one is dealing with problems related to odor.

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