What You Need To Know About Meditation And Essential Oils
Meditation — it’s nothing new. But as you know, in 2017 meditation became huge again. It lost its old stigma of being new-agey. Centering yourself and getting to be more mindful is something we’ve seen all around us, so we thought to look into it. More than just for tree-hugging hippies, us, err, normal people are embracing it too.
People are now meditating everywhere — on their lunch breaks, in the office, even on the bus. Here’s what you need to know about getting way more mindful than your busy life allows you to be.
So, what’s meditating all about?
Meditation isn’t as scary or impossible as it seems. It’s the pressure we place on the practice that creates that perception. Paul Bedson, co-author of Meditation: An In-Depth Guide (Allen & Unwin), says meditation is more about being connected to “right now” and being content with things exactly as they are. Basically, appreciating the moment.
“That means becoming more in touch with your senses and feelings, which leads to being more in touch with your needs and your intuition,” says Paul. “Meditation creates freedom from all of the expectations we put on ourselves. It enables us to start becoming who we truly are.”
What will meditating help do?
When you meditate, you allow your body’s healing and coping mechanisms to do their job. Bedson says quiet time enables us to be more open to healing — on all levels. “There are thousands of research papers that show how all the systems of our body benefit from quality time spent in meditation,” he says. “Our immune and digestive systems improve and our metabolism is more effective. We don’t just digest our food more, but we also digest our experience more fully and grow through time spent in silence, presence and silent reflection.”
Giving it a go
Try designating a quiet area of your home specifically for it —like your balcony, garden, or even bedroom. A caveat, though, sitting in your bed is not a good idea. Dress comfortably, switch your phone off and put it at a place that is out of your immediate reach. Meditating at the same time each day will make it easier for it to become a habit. Create a ritual around your practice by lighting a candle or using a special cushion. It’s best not to play music. You’ll get maximum benefits if you use the silence to tune in to yourself without any distractions.
There’s no need to be freaked out by the idea of sitting alone for hours at a time. Start with 20 minutes a day and work up from there, because if you set your goal too high, meditation will become a struggle. It should be something you want to do rather than something you have to do. David Michie, author of Hurry Up And Meditate (Snow Lion), says the length of your sessions will increase naturally as your concentration gradually improves.
“As we become familiar with the practice, it slowly changes from being a chore, to something that’s a normal part of our life, to something we really don’t like to live without,” says David.
now, the essential oils to help you in any situation
TIRED? – Grapefruit oil is a gallbladder and liver stimulant. Use this with poses that boost your circulatory and digestive systems.
STRESSED? – To ease tension, try pairing rosemary with your cat-cow pose and hip opening poses, like the pigeon pose.
NEGATIVE? – If you find yourself having a lot of toxic emotions, fill the room with the soothing scent of jasmine.
NAUSEATED? – Back to yoga after a break? Put some eucalyptus into your diffuser to help you breathe better and boost your spirits.
SICK? – After yoga, with diluted peppermint essential oil in your palms, cup them over your face, and breathe in deeply.