Over the past few months I have started incorporating essential oils into my yoga practice... and with my yoga practice comes my meditation practice.
I'M JUST HERE FOR THE SAVASANA!
Diffusing essential oils allows little droplets of the oils to be released into the air. While it may not seem like inhalation would be as beneficial as topical application, some researchers believe that inhalation can be the most direct method of delivery for the healing components in oils. Through the nasal cavity, the chemical messengers send a signal directly to the Limbic System in the brain which is the center of emotions, memory and sexual arousal. This is why essential oils have such a powerful effect on our moods and general state of mind. Combining essential oils with meditation can be so beneficial from reaching clarity to bringing happiness.
Meditation just makes life happier- a small slice of time where nothing else in the world matters.
I know it can be intimidating, but it's really easy. A lot of us meditate without even realizing. Lets try:
Close your eyes, take a breath in and exhale; open you eyes- you've just meditated. See? So easy!
You can take it a step further by creating a comfortable spot to sit in (or lay down in- corpse pose) and just practice clearing your mind. Open up a bottle of oil and set it in front of you, or place a few drops into the diffuser and see the difference in your meditation.
More often than not, I let other's opinions navigate my thoughts- and let me tell you- people can be mean, negative and very discouraging. When I'm feeling really overwhelmed I like to place a drop of Frankincense on my temples, stand in mountain pose, close my eyes and imagine my body as a bright light. I pretend there is a zipper at the tip of my toes and I start zipping my body up, slowly enclosing the light, until I get to the top of my head and it is total darkness.
I know- it sounds crazy, but it works. Try it.
A true meditation practice is about being present and quiet; using aromatherapy can help calm the mind and deepen your meditative state.
GROUNDING OILS: vetiver, cedarwood, patchoili
ENLIGHTENING OILS: frankincense
CALMING/SEDATIVE OILS: clary sage, lavender, roman chamomile
I'd also like to note, that you do not need a fancy space. Sometimes, I'll meditate sitting on the bathroom toilet.... because, well... it's the only place in this house that has a lock on the door, I can turn on the blow dryer as a white noise to drown out any whining and have 30 seconds of not a care in the world.