Create A Mindful Aromatic Moment To Improve Your Meditation
As life moves fast and it can be hard to keep up at times, our bodies and minds crave stillness. Most people are coping with higher anxiety levels because of the fast-paced lifestyle, the high-demanding careers and social pressures. As a ‘medicine’, we need to learn to slow down and take deep breaths, decompress and set aside time to relax. Many of us are already into meditation and know how it can help improve our health: but have you ever tried to enrich your meditative practice with some aromatic boosters?
Why Should I Use Essential Oils During Meditation?
Those with naturally pleasant aromas are reputed to support and sometimes enhance the quality of a meditative experience. They can help to center, ground and focus the mind and are said to help eliminate or reduce negative energy by encouraging insightful, elevating feelings of positivity, determination, optimism, gratitude, and self-respect. Furthermore, Essential Oils are reputed to ease, calm, and soothe the body.
Essential Oils To Use
Try to choose those with aromas and properties that inspire the feelings of calmness, grounding and concentration: here there’s a short list of some of our favourite.
- Myrrh: this essential oil can support spiritual opening by promoting mental focus and cleansing the body’s cellular memory of negativity. Because it reduces stress, it also encourages feelings of rest and tranquility
- Sandalwood: it is a strong support for grounding, it helps focus on breathing and quiets the mind. It’s also good to mend emotional and spiritual wounds, as it encourages rest and supports alertness
- Lavender: it is a true adaptogen, and a universally healing herb. As an adaptogen, lavender goes into your system and works where it is needed to help your mind, body, and/or spirit find balance. Reducing anxiety, stress and emotional fatigue, it promotes the sense of relaxation, good quality sleep, emotional stability, and mental clarity.
- Sage: it’s very good for respiratory discomfort and is very effective to clean indoor spaces from negativity. It comforts and strengthens the senses to ease negative moods while promoting a sense of attentiveness and enhancing memory recall. It’s also used as an aromatherapy for exhaustion, so it’s great for those times when work has you busy and frazzled.
- Ylang Ylang: it helps relieve stress and depression. It can also be used to increase happiness and can be helpful when meditating during times of sadness or frustration. Used for the first time, ylang ylang essential oil may cause headaches, so you’d better dilute it a little bit.