What is meditation?
Meditation is relaxation. It is not about concentration, it’s actually about de-concentration. It’s not about focusing one’s thoughts on one thing, but instead on becoming thoughtless.
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Meditation can calm the body, mind, and spirit. It can help us to connect more deeply with the worlds around and within us. It has been shown to have physical health benefits including
- reduces stress
- It improves concentration
- It encourages a healthy lifestyle
- The practice increases self-awareness
- It increases happiness
- Meditation increases acceptance
- It slows aging
- The practice of it benefits cardiovascular and immune health.
But sometimes, life’s distractions can make a meditation session challenging. Essential oils may be helpful.
- Frankincense:A holy fragrance, it’s believed to help you increase your faith and connection with spirit.
- Myrrh:One of the highest sesquiterpene contents in an essential oil, myrrh directly stimulates the hypothalamus, pituitary and amygdalin glands to help reduce stress and bring focus. It’suplifting scent can assist in deep spiritual “opening” while bringing calm and tranquility.
- Cedarwood:Focus inward a bit more clearly with the help of cedarwood. It can also help to illuminate your need for meditation and return you to your spiritual path when obstacles have made it difficult.
- Sandalwood:This oil is very helpful in healing, particularly emotional/spiritual wounds. It opens the heart and helps to promote trust.
- Vetiver:This oil is extremely grounding and can be especially beneficial if you have a tendency to wander and lose focus in meditation.
- Neroli:The potent floral fragrance of neroli can help you to be more self-accepting, face your fears and accept the work you need to do for yourself. It’s incredibly sensual and transformative, and the fragrance can also inspire creativity, particularly as it pertains to a spiritual practice.
- Rose:The fragrance of love—both the human and the Divine, this romantic and sensual oil opens the heart to receive love–particularly self-love—and a deeper connection to the spirit world.
- Sage:Burning sage is a common ceremonial practice in many tribal cultures. It cleanses and purifies, removing negative energies. It is grounding and restores both balance and energy.
All you need is 3-10 min a day, or more if you want to. Sometimes associating a smell with meditation helps you to get into the practice sooner and start identifying that smell with the art of meditation. It is not a natural feeling to de-concentrate, but the benefits have been proven and overall it just helps you be a better human lol!!! Try setting your watch to notify you when to mediate, download an app or just make a habit of doing it first thing in the am.