Your Questions Answered:
My 2019 goal is to stay slow and quiet within myself (if that makes sense?) as things start to quicken up again as we launch into the rest of our house renovations .
I want to push myself back into the super focused - super productive Trish, but not lose the peace and ability to rest and relax - which (kind of funnily) I found in darker times, when my partner (now husband) suffered a serious trauma during the whirlwind of our marriage & moving house.
Thanks, all the best, Trish.
AFTER my brief introduction, you will be treated to some AMAZING essential oil advice - So, keep reading :)
Sometimes life gets in the way of our dreams, aspirations and expectations. It throws a curveball and swings us out of balance. It can happen at anytime, and to anyone!
All of a sudden we are trying to do everything we can to grapple with trauma, as well as support those around us who may be suffering too. As a consequence, it is so easy to forget to take some space to meditate, or to make space to calm our thoughts, racing heart and frazzled emotions.
Sometimes we just can't do anything about the situation we find ourselves; we cannot change our circumstances. This can sometimes leave us feeling helpless, disempowered, frustrated, depressed or anxious. It can create an enormous sense of loneliness & despair.
You were thrown into a sudden crisis Trish, and a very common reaction to such encounters can be to almost ‘freeze’ or remain absolutely in control and calm until the ‘event’ is over. It is more often after such an event that emotions unravel, and our ability to remain ‘on top’ of things is put to the test. It is fantastic that you coped so well, and that the worst of the crisis is over.
However, you now have to deal with getting back to ‘normality’, and attempt to balance out lots of competing demands.
We often think that achieving our healthcare goals is all about doing everything ‘right.’
I think it’s more about implementing life-affirming practices into everything we do (building a strong foundation), so that we feel inspired to begin to make healthier decisions about the important things, such as diet, exercise, love, & work.
It’s about engaging in activities that enable life-enhancing energy to move more freely in your body, emotions & mind, so that when life becomes challenging, or we suffer some kind of trauma or set-back, we have the resilience to cope and enough life-force energy to begin to pave a new way forward amidst the chaos and calamity.
Contrary to the lives we admire on social media, life is always messy, imperfect & full of contradictions.
Try to see your current situation as a series of steppings stones across the River Yangtze, each stone holding and supporting you until you can see the mist clearing. And, before you have time to take another deep, long breath, a further stone emerges from the darkness of the night, & before you know it the sun casts a golden thread upon the glazed water’s surface, to guide you on your way.
You are held and supported. You are safe!
THE GOOD NEWS is that this month I have sought out some really practical advice that will help you integrate the sense of peace you experienced during those darker times.
AKYOGA speaks to Live Empowered with Natasa about some little essentials to introduce into your self-care routine.
So, what can we do to minimize the bolts of thunder that wreak havoc on our lives?
How can we cope with the unexpected?
Natasa explains that many people feel out of control when things get stressful. They feel overwhelmed:
“But, believe it or not, there is always something that you can do in the present moment to nurture change & help you cope with your current situation. The choices we make today can have a direct impact upon your life later.
So, the power is in now.
The power is you.
The truth is, everything starts with YOU.”
One of the best ways that to optimise our health is to implement small, but regular practices into our daily life, that will both inspire further action, as well as support positive change:
“If you know you need to slow down, take a few moments to think about the things you like doing, things that will support you in achieving that state of mind.
I am not talking about making monumental changes.
It’s more about taking small incremental steps that will influence how you feel NOW, which will ultimately shape your future experience. It’s all about cause & effect. Building blocks for life!
For instance, maybe create a little morning ritual to awaken your body, mind & senses by ‘dressing’ yourself aromatically with essential oils.
This small routine can have an immense effect on the rest of your day.”
Essential oils are powerful aromatic anchors that can help us create a positive shift in our wellbeing.
When inhaled, essential oil molecules reach the limbic system of our brain in just 22 seconds. This is the part of our brain that deals with emotions, memories and arousal (or stimulation). Our limbic system controls the body's reaction to emotions.
Natasa explains that this is the key to how essential oils manage stress and emotional wellbeing:
“So, for example, if you're feeling low and tired, try inhaling a drop of wild orange and peppermint essential oil from your hands, or place a few drops in an aroma diffuser for an uplifting and energizing effect.
If you lose focus and concentration, you can use essential oils to help you stay motivated and get back on track.
My favorite essential oil blends to stop, reset and restart:
1. Motivate, which includes: Clementine, Peppermint, Yuzu.
2. In-Tune, a gorgeous blend of: Sandalwood, Frankincense and Lime.
Apply them behind the ears and at the back of the neck, use with aroma diffusing jewelry, or just add a drop to a scarf”.
“When the ‘mind chatter’ becomes too loud, relax with Lavender, Vetiver, Serenity & Frankincense.
With the support of essential oils our body can awaken its own natural healing powers. This makes aromatherapy an effective, yet gentle form of healing.”
The healing benefits of aromatherapy oils are not just limited to our physical or emotional health. Essential oils can be used also to bring more balance and harmony to our homes, which is a wonderful way to help you begin to balance the stress of something such as house renovations.
Remember Trish, you don’t need to have it all done today, and creating even a simple space, with minimalist furniture (read Wabi-sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers, by Leonard Koren) can work really well, especially in combination with essential oils.
Natasa recommends Feng Shui for harmonizing and clearing your home:
“It's the same as clearing your wardrobe of unwanted items, but in this case - unwanted or stagnant energy, or Chi. It's about achieving the desired quality of energy by using an essential oil diffuser, or aroma-mist spray”.
Feng Shui works with different elements, such as Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water to create balance and vibrant energy in all physical spaces. By combining these different elements we can create a specific atmosphere in our inner sanctuary, which is our home.
Natasa recommends using essential oils such as Peppermint, Lemongrass & Rosemary, when you wish to create an active energy in your space.
“If your home feels depressed, or you're feeling blue and low, I would recommend bringing in citrus oils, such as Wild Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit or Citrus Bliss (a blend of citrus oils with a hint of vanilla).
With their refreshing, uplifting and invigorating aroma, these oils are wonderful in a diffuser throughout the day in your living room, and for cleaning the house in general. If you wish, you can also create a relaxing, tranquil atmosphere in your living room by diffusing essential oils such as Lavender, Geranium, Bergamot, or Green Mandarin.
To ease you into sleep, you might like to try Serenity restful blend, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Petitgrain, Cedarwood, Frankincense, or for more sensual energy use Ylang Ylang, Rose and Jasmine.
These oils are a great choice for the bedroom, depending on your intentions.
To clear old, stagnant and negative energy that can make you feel unsettled, I highly recommend essential oils such as Frankincense, Clary Sage & Onguard (protective blend), which includes:
Wild Orange Peel
Natasa does, however, have a word of caution:
“Essential oils have become very popular over recent years; they can be found almost everywhere. You can use them safely and effectively to manage your health and wellbeing in a natural way. However, not all oils are created equally. Synthetic and poor quality essential oils are harmful to our health and should be avoided. They also clog your energy and fill your space with toxins (that you don't want to inhale).
A fake smile or a cold hug might look ok, but it is still a fake...
It's the same with essential oils! When an oil is synthetic it might smell OK, but it is still artificial. It is, therefore, important that you know the quality of the oils you are using. Do your research, or talk to someone who can help you get pure and natural products.
Natasa & I work with dōTERRA Essential Oils, a company that uses the world’s purest therapeutic oils, all of which are carefully distilled from plants harvested at the perfect moment, by experienced growers.
Read WHY I choose dōTERRA oils: Follow the link
Contact Natasa, who is running a series of workshops designed to give you an: ‘Introduction to Essential Oils’. Click on LINK for more details.
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Risks and warnings. This is a personal blog and a not substitute for professional advice. Please refer to a qualified healthcare professional if you are experiencing any health challenges. In relation to aromatherapy / essential oils, please read the product guidelines.
NEXT MONTHS QUESTIONS: I have received so many questions about starting a morning routine. Keep your eyes peeled for my NEXT blog… COMING SOON.