You’ve probably heard a lot of hype about meditating and mindfulness and wonder what it’s all about.
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Essential oils have a powerful action on Mind Body Soul. This week I want to talk a little bit about using essential oils to enhance meditation. But first just a little bit about the brain. Not so long ago it was thought the brain you were born with is all you get. That it doesn’t change. That if you lose a bit of it, it’s gone for good.
Then along came neuroplasticity and a whole lot of research. Neuroscientist Richie Davidson and his colleagues at the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison discovered:
- You can train your mind to change
- The change is measurable
- New ways of thinking can change it for the better
What this means is that the mind keeps changing through our whole life. That’s got to be good news!
How the Brain changes when you meditate
“The impact that mindfulness exerts on our brain is borne from routine: a slow, steady, and consistent reckoning of our realities, and the ability to take a step back, become more aware, more accepting, less judgmental, and less reactive. Just as playing the piano over and over again over time strengthens and supports brain networks involved with playing music, mindfulness over time can make the brain, and thus, us, more efficient regulators, with a penchant for pausing to respond to our worlds instead of mindlessly reacting.” If you’re wanting to read the full article, here’s the link – How the Brain changes….
The Limbic system in our brain plays an important role in our emotions. This ten minute video explains it very eloquently and is easy to understand. It’s worth checking it out if you like knowing how things work. Here’s the link –Emotions: Limbic system.
So why is all this important to know when it comes to using essential oils in meditation? The minute size of essential oil molecules means they can immediately penetrate cell membranes and diffuse throughout the blood and tissues instantly – in a matter of seconds. They cross the brain-blood barrier in seconds reaching those parts of the limbic system that are significant to emotions. That’s the ‘HAT hippo’ components from the video – hypothalamus, amygdala, thalamus and hippocampus.
What about the essential oil? I am going to delve into Lavender once again.
I’ve written quite a bit about Lavender essential oil in previous posts. It’s benefits are endless. It is one of the most versatile oils in nature. If you want to check them out, here’s the links –
However, today I want to concentrate on its use in enhancing and supporting meditation. It’s effect on the Mind is calming, relaxing, and balancing. It eases anger and frustration. Spiritually it can lead to greater intuition and clarity. It promotes an opening of the heart and crown chakras.
So how is it used? There are several very simple and effective ways.
- Diffusing it. It is best to use an ultrasound diffuser as it does not destroy the therapeutic effects of the essential oil unlike diffusers that use heat.
- Hold the bottle about 6 inches above the palm of your hand. Let a couple of drops fall of their own volition. Shaking the bottle will disturb the oil’s vibrational frequency. Rub your palms together three times in a clockwise direction. Why? It activates the oil and the direction of the spin mimics that of healthy DNA. Three is a significant sacred number. Then cup both hands over your nose and inhale slowly and deeply three times.
- Place a drop or two in the palm of your hand. This time use one or two of your fingers to activate the oil as above. Rub some of the oil on your heart, crown and third eye chakras. Then inhale the aroma as above.
Why don’t you take a few minutes to try a short meditation? You might find it easier to have a friend read it to you, or pre-record it first. If you have Lavender oil, you might like to try it too. If you do, before you start this meditation use one or more of the above methods.
Find somewhere quiet where you will be undisturbed for half an hour or so. A sacred space where you feel calm and peaceful. It may be a nook you have created at home, in the garden, by the seaside …
Sit or lie in a comfortable position. Spine straight, arms and legs uncrossed. Take a few deep breaths, filling your lungs to capacity like balloons, and slowly exhaling the breath through your mouth. With each successive breath, feel yourself becoming more and more relaxed …. Now, let your body breathe for you. It knows exactly what to do.
Close your eyes and ‘look down’ into your heart. From there imagine a golden cord that connects you to the Divine, whatever that is for you. And another, more solid cord, that connects you deep into the core of the Earth. Imagine that you are fully encased in a luminescent bubble, protecting you. Fill this bubble with whatever colour/s feel right for you at this time …..
Imagine that you are all alone on a private beach. You can hear the call of the seagulls and the pounding of the waves as they break on to the shore. The taste of salt from the sea is on your lips as your skin is caressed by a gentle breeze. You dig your feet deep into the soft, white sand. It feels so soothing and calming. It is night. The inky, velvety black sky sparkles with millions of tiny diamond like stars. A shooting star crosses the sky. In time-honoured fashion you make a wish. The refection of the full moon shimmers on the surface of the ocean, rippling, breaking, coming together again in harmony with the waves.
In front of you is a bonfire surrounded by a circle of stones honed smooth by the pounding of waves over aeons of time. The flames leap and curl, sending sparks into the curling tendrils of smoke that spiral lazily upwards. Watching the play of orange, red and yellow flames leaping and shape shifting is hypnotising. The smell of the burning wood is strangely comforting.
The fire beckons you. It invites you to toss unwanted, old, out of date dross that has collected in the nooks and crannies of your inner world. You scan your physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual selves. You reach in and pull out those aspects that no longer serve you, throwing them into the transmuting fires. Sit there for as long as you need to complete this inner decluttering.
When you have finished, give thanks for the opportunity. Know that you can return to this place any time you wish.
Slowly bring yourself back to the here and now, feeling calm, refreshed and renewed.
Do yourself a favour and only use 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oil. Personally I prefer to use Young Living oils as I know and trust the quality – Link: Buy some now
This information is provided for educational purposes