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2/12/18 11:23 A

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2/12/18 6:43 A

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Interesting. I've never really thought about the anatomy of a sneeze. Thanks for sharing.

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2/11/18 6:36 P

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Yes, MEADSBAY. Or the opposite. Sometimes it is just not convenient to sneeze, so I press on the space between my nose and my life...occasionally it helps! :)

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2/9/18 9:34 P

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Omg...that is truly fascinating!
I do not have allergies but have noticed when I feel a sneeze coming I think it is a bit uncomfortable feeling and I tend to look at a light to move the process along a bit more quickly.
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2/9/18 7:58 P

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I sneeze A LOT. I have allergies, always have. My husband has set the rule that he will say, “Bless you” once in the morning and it covers the entire day. I sometimes sneeze multiple (anywhere from 3 – 20) times in a row. It is good for a laugh at meetings. I’ve adjusted and accepted it. It’s basically become just part of my day. I barely think about it. Medications that are supposed to help have side effects far worse than sneezing, so I rarely take them.

So, the other morning I sat for my morning mindfulness meditation. I clicked play on the audio and suddenly felt an urge to sneeze. My normal response would have been to shut off the audio, sneeze for as many times as was necessary, turn the audio back on and continue with my routine. However, this time I decided to use it as a part of my mindful practice. So, I paid attention to the process of sneezing. I really noticed.

I’m here to say, sneezing is fascinating stuff. It started out as a sensation in my nose. Like the tiniest, thinnest, barely-there pin prick. Not at all painful, but enough to send a warning, “A sneeze is eminent.” Then, it’s like the rest of my nose stood in attention. It reacted with a sort of spreading tickle—enough to entice me to start to inhale. Next was the most surprising sensation, not quite sure how I never really noticed it before, but there was a feeling of compression in my chest, which grew to a sensation that I’d call a spasm. It grew more intense, but again no where near painful. Then, “Ah Ah-CHOO!” Then, it repeated 3 more times. Then, my nose got slightly runny, just enough to prompt me to blow it.

Okay, so this may seem like a really strange post (and where else could I post it with any chance of others understanding why this was so intriguing?), but I have to say I have a new appreciation for the body’s intelligence and its amazing progression steps leading up to a sneeze. I know that allergies are an over-sensitivity, but it’s still fascinating what the body does to rid itself of a foreign “invader” that it thinks is a potential threat to the overall body. And to think I’ve basically ignored it my entire life. I really like discovering everyday events with a new awareness.

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