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Mindful Meditation & Essential Oils

How and why you should use essential oils in your meditation

· Essential Oils

As parents and individuals, life is busy and sometimes we find ourselves scattered….and a little out of control. Between our full-time jobs, the kid’s soccer, music lessons, hockey & play dates and trying to have a social life…today’s lifestyle leaves us always running! This can leave us with insufficient rest, scattered focus, and sometimes exhaustion. We can also find our minds running a million miles an hour!

Did you know that some people—women more than men—think a lot. In fact, According to the National Science Foundation, an average person has about 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day. Of those, 80% are negative and 95% are repetitive thoughts. Talk about creatures of habit!

“A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.” — Mahatma Gandhi

So in that time our minds can be really cluttered. It can be very overwhelming to experience life on a day to day basis. All this can interfere with our brain causing stress, anxious feelings, unmanaged emotions and even compromised physical health. Not to mention negative thoughts!

Enter essential oils and meditation! They can really help take the edge off and allow you to slow down, relax, along with so many other benefits!

What is Meditation?

Meditation is awareness and learning to work with your mind. It is the act of giving your attention to only one thing or as a way of becoming calm and relaxed. Meditation can involve working with the mind and training in awareness, which can lead to an improved sense of presence, calm, attentiveness and an increase in valued human qualities such as empathy and patience.

What Does Meditation Help Us Do?

While many things in this world are out of our control, it is important to realize that we do have a control over our thoughts and actions and how we, as individuals, respond to situations we find ourselves in. This is where meditation can be effective. We can gain awareness of how the mind works and the ability to maintain focus – which is what meditation can do.

Many people use meditation to help them manage stress, reduce anxious feelings, and improve day to day sense of calm and happiness. Others use meditation for a positive effect on mental, physical and emotional health. Other benefits include: improved brain function and memory, normalized blood pressure, improves concentration, even manage weight. There’s an essential oil for all these things as well.

Meditation has been extensively researched for its ability to help with concentration, self-awareness, and mood regulation. New research has begun exploring its influence on anxiety and how it can be used as a daily tool to address stress. Anxiety can affect our well-being in many ways and is one of the primary triggers that leads to disrupting our healthy lifestyle plans.

One of the most beneficial parts of meditation is that it can change our perspective and mindset, but also rewire the brain to think more positive thoughts and emotions. For example, you could rewire your thought of anger, frustration, lack of creativity, compassion, gratefulness, negative self-worth, – you name it, you can change it.

Meditation can even help with physical heath!

For example, when meditating, you can bring your breathing deeper and deep breathing can help with endorphins, emotions and the feel good hormones. It can help act as a natural painkiller and promote better blood flow. Meditation can also assist with sleep issues, managing blood pressure, menopausal symptoms, smoking addiction, tension headaches and asthma.

Why Meditate With Essential Oils?

Essential oils can enhance the experience of meditation by grounding, centering and focusing the mind – making them perfect to pair with your mediation and grounding exercise! Essential oils can also affect your emotions through your sense of smell (olfactory system) and is absorbed directly in your brain – the part of your brain that is responsible for emotion, motivation, memory, behavior and learning!

Incorporating essential oils can reduce negative self-talk and energy from your mind by encouraging optimism, gratitude, positivity and self-respect.

Essential oils also can help benefit your physical health as well!

Which Essential Oils Should You Use for Meditation?

Now which essential oils can help us parents achieve these results before we go crazy? Well, there is no right or wrong oil. In fact, there are lists of different oils that people use for their meditation practice. Some of the most used oils for meditation are Frankincense, Sandalwood, Neroli, Rose, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Bergamot and Cedarwood.

But, I am going to focus on using Balance essential oil blend.

Balance essential oil is one of my favorites, because it is formulated specifically to promote emotional balance, a sense of relaxation and it has a really grounding effect. So as you’re sitting down for your daily meditation practice, the first thing that you want to do is anchor into our body and start to come down out of the mind.

Balance essential oil has really powerful large tree oils in this blend that embody that grounding energy, including Frankincense. Frankincense is commonly referred to as “the king of oils” and really promotes grounding, overall well-being and relaxation.

So with these properties, you can understand why it would be perfect for your meditation practice.

How to Use Essential Oils in Your Meditation Practice

There are two ways to use Balance essential oil in your meditation practice. Topically and aromatically.

When applying oils topically, I recommend that you dilute with a carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil or even lotion.

Balance is already diluted with fractionated coconut oil, so you can use that straight from the bottle.

You can apply Balance to the bottoms of your feet, which is a great location to apply it
if you are sensitive to smell.

Another place to apply your oils is right to the center of the forehead. This application helps to increase your intuition and your ability to see while you are meditating - and to see specifically what is beyond just the physical things in front of your eyes. It allows you to really tune in and anchor in your intention.

The other way to use oils in your meditation practice is in a diffuser. About 5-10 minutes before your planned meditation, add 5-8 drops to your diffuser and let it run before you start so the room has an ambient scent.

If you do not have a diffuser, you can take your Balance oil and put a drop in your hand. Rub your hands together and then cup your hands over your nose. Gently breathe in a deep breath slowly through your nose, exhaling through your mouth slowly. Do this three times at the beginning of your exercise.

You should begin to feel calm…focused…present…grounded…
and relaxed almost immediately.

Combining the best of meditation and aromatherapy, essential oils are the perfect addition to your practice or daily life.

When it comes to your family’s emotional and physical health, I know that you only want the very best. With meditation and essential oils, you’ll know that is exactly what you are receiving. I invite you to experience for yourself what doTERRA essential oils can do for you.

So the next time you are over-stressed from life…..
You find yourself thinking negative thoughts…
You can’t find the motivation to hit the gym…
You don’t think highly of yourself…
You want to become more compassionate…
You are looking for focus or creativity….

Try finding a quiet place in your home, diffusing your favorite grounding essential oil blend while you meditate, and focus your mind for a few minutes.

Inhale, exhale and try breathing your way to a better you.

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Resources:
Science of Mindful Meditation
https://www.doterra.com/US/en/blog/science-wellness-mindful-meditation
Adding EOs to your Meditation podcast
https://www.doterra.com/US/en/podcast-episode-39-adding-essential-oils-to-your-meditation
Incorporating Essential Oils into Your Meditation Practice
https://www.doterra.com/US/en/podcast-episode-23-incorporating-essential-oils-into-your-meditation-practice
Headspace Meditation Benefits

https://www.headspace.com/meditation/benefits
Things to Know About Meditation for Health
https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/tips/things-to-know-about-meditation-for-health
Yoga and meditation
https://www.doterra.com/US/en/empowered-life-series-yoga-and-meditation

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