Mindfulness is the practice of thinking with intention. To be mindful is to be aware of what’s happening in your life, and not be overwhelmed by it.
One study showed that mindfulness meditation coupled with the use of essential oils was a viable alternative to anxiety treatments.
How can you take time to be mindful today?
Here are a few tips to get you started. This article was inspired by Mindful May!
When we think about bringing more mindfulness into our lives, it’s important to realize that it doesn’t mean we’re necessarily trying to get rid of our problems, but rather practice a better way to react to them and to allow ourselves to focus on the issue at hand.
In this way, we can become aware of the problem and its different facets, and finally, accepting of them so that we can better solve the problem and deal with it in a more mindful manner.
The key to choosing the best essential oils for mindfulness is to find one that resonates with your current situation and create a blend that will help prepare you for facing unpleasant or distressful situations.
Here are some of the best essential oils for mindfulness to choose from that are related to common emotions:
• Bergamot– Feelings of stress and anxiety
• Cedarwood – Feelings of conceit, vanity, narcissism, incompletion, survival
• Clary sage– Feelings of intolerance
• Cypress– Feelings of disrespect
• Frankincense – Feelings of imbalance, worthlessness, “F-You”
• Geranium– Feeling self-centered, overt sense of wanting to please others
• Juniper berry– Feelings of supression
• Lemongrass– Feelings of resentment, kept from moving forward
• Melissa– Feelings of estrangement
• Myrtle– Feelings of suppression in life
• Patchouli– Feeling shut down
• Roman chamomile– Feelings of intense fear and unwelcome
• Sandalwood– Feelings of dread, lack of faith, fear
• Spikenard– Feelings of estrangement, losing authority, misuse of will
• Sweet marjoram– Helps with the fear of completion and disconnectedness, suspicion, feeling unfulfilled
• Vetiver– Feelings of an overactive or racing mind, fear of an unfulfilling purpose
• Ylang ylang– Anticipated emotional drain, fear of wisdom, possessiveness
Get comfortable: Sitting and thinking uncomfortably is sure to throw you off your meditation game. Sit on a cushion, on the bed, on the floor, or wherever you’re most comfortable.
Turn the diffuser on: Diffusing oils that provoke thoughts and support relaxation during mindfulness is always beneficial. Once you have chosen the essential oils that resonate best with your current struggles, add them to the diffuser and breathe deeply while sitting quietly for 5-20 minutes.
You will find that the oils help open your heart and mind to acceptance, forgiveness, and alignment.
Observe the present: Pay attention to what is happening now, allowing judgments to pass. This may take some practice.
Return to the present: Your thoughts may wander. When you notice this happens, return to thinking on the present and don’t beat yourself up for your wandering mind. With practice comes success.
Today, I am thankful for the healing power of essential oils.
Essential oils have a natural power to them, a vibration if you will. Not only do they physically affect your body, but through their scent and the emotions evoked from those scents, essential oils can be extremely powerful to support the human mind and its associated dis-eases like anxiety, stress, or a feeling of general imbalance.
MOOD-ALTERING ESSENTIAL OILS
Essential oils work on the olfactory system of our bodies: our sense of smell. From there, they travel through to the hypothalamus part of our brain, which is the “control center”: it affects the regulation of the autonomic nervous system and with that, our emotional reactions.
The place to start being mindful in an otherwise stressful situation, is to stop, pause and listen to your inner wisdom. Sounds cheesy? Or too hard? Try it, even just once, when you notice anger or frustration or exhaustion come up, take a pause. Take a breath, and have a mini-conversation with yourself and ask: “how am I feeling?”, or “what do I need right now?”. Even just a little mindfulness will go a long way, since it has been found to cause measurable physical changes in the body and the brain. Self-knowledge is power.