Meditation practice isn’t about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better, it’s about befriending who we are…”
- Author Pema Chodron
Changes and transitions can be very stressful; especially the “not knowing” what comes next. Meditation can be very helpful at times like this; it can quiet your mind, slow your breathing, and ease any anxiety that you may be feeling.
Meditation helps you to be “in the moment” and to get in touch with your Inner Wisdom. The best part about meditation is you can start right now.
Take a couple of minutes, do some deep breathing, and find that stillness inside you.
Don’t worry if the mind chatter starts up or if you have trouble sitting still. This is common. We live in a busy world and it may take some time before our nervous systems start to calm down.
You may wish to meditate to start your day to be more centred, or at the end of the day so you can relax and unwind.
When I meditate, I like to add a few drops of essential oils to my candle diffuser. My candle diffuser is quiet and I can focus on the candle flame to still my mind. The relaxing and sedating properties can add a lot to the meditation experience.
Some essential oils to consider are:
Cedarwood - a deep woodsy, earthy scent, that helps to relieve stress, ease anxiety &is one of my favorites. There are many varieties of Cedarwood, but I personally like the Texas variety.
Clary Sage - a herbal- floral scent that eases stress, and helps to calm any anxiety or depression that you may be feeling. (Is also helpful for PMS).
Frankincense - long been used in churches due to its calming and meditative qualities. It quiets the mind and calms anxiety by helping you breathe easier.
Myrrh - a thick resinous essential oil that has a spicy, warm scent. Like Frankincense, Myrrh has long been used in churches as incense and it has similar qualities. Myrrh can help to calm your anxious mind and is helpful for insomnia.
Patchouli - an exotic fragrance, that is both calming & grounding; it helps to relieve stress & anxiety. It is a good alternative for the more expensive Sandalwood.
Sandalwood - this smooth, balanced exotic oil is a base note with grounding properties, that is helpful with reducing stress & getting in tune with yourself.
Vetiver - an earthy essential oil that smells like wet soil. It is calming, relaxing and is helpful for anxiety, stress and especially insomnia. When using Vetiver, it is better to use it as part of an essential oil blend and use very small amounts due to its stronger scent.
If you like a lighter scent, and depending on your scent preference you may want to consider adding Bergamot, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Mandarin, or Sweet Orange to sweeten the earthier essential oils.
With meditation, don’t be hard on yourself; there is no right or wrong way to do it, there is only your way. This is a time of self-care, not self-judgment. As always, take baby steps and do what you can…
*** You may want to use guided meditation CDs or downloads. Some of my favorites are Kelly Howell’s “Guided Meditation CDs, Cheryl Richardson’s “Tuning In, Listening to the voice of your Soul.” and of course Pema Chodron Books and CDs.
My blog is for information only & is not meant to replace medical advice.
Essential Oils are not for ingestion & should always be diluted before topical use.
Never leave a candle unattended
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