“Life is a mystery – a mystery of beauty, bliss and divinity.
Meditation is the art of unfolding that mystery”…
Any activity done with pure intention and complete presence is a spiritual practice. Meditation is all about internal self-connection.
By cultivating a deeper connection to ourselves we inevitably gain more understanding into the workings of our bodies, minds and human experiences. In a high pressure society we see more and more people suffering with stress related illnesses; adrenal fatigue, skin conditions, onset obesity, high blood pressure and chronic insomnia. Mindfulness Meditation teaches us to literally be mindful – mindful of our thoughts, and mindful of the whole interrelated self; mind, body and spirit. Historically, meditation forms the foundation of the ancient Indian Ayurvedic approach to healing and balancing the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual body. By maintaining an open and healthy flowing energy through the body we can free ourselves of the physical and emotional disturbances that essentially cause chronic stress and illness.
Meditation + Essential Oils
It is said that smells influence how we feel more than any other sensory experience. Essential oils enhance the energetic vibration of our own unique energy field that almost instantaneously transports you to a place of peace and calm. The tradition of using essential oils and aromatic incense resins which are conducive to meditative practice continues to be embraced in today’s contemporary world, bringing relaxation and awareness to the lives of many.
The essential oils that are generally used for meditation are frankincense, rose absolute, lavender, petitgrain, jasmine, neroli, rosemary, jatamansi, lavender, sage, basil and lotus. These aromas effectively promote a clear mind and joyful heart, leaving us to feel grounded, balanced and in complete harmony.
How do I Meditate?
The best time to start meditation is now! That’s right, right now…
Switch off your computer and mobile phone. Just sit. Close your eyes. Breathe. Take deep inhales and slow exhales. Relax your shoulders, softening with each gentle exhale. Notice how your physical body is feeling. Allow your thoughts to come and go. Observe how deep or shallow your breath is. Bring your awareness into your heart and enjoy a few moments to connect with your true self. First thing in the morning is a great time for meditation; it will help keep your body feeling energised and your state of mind positive. You will discover how meditation gently takes you into the present moment and towards self- actualisation.
Your Meditation Atmosphere
Allocate a quiet and clean space, decked out with comfortable cushions, an aromatherapy diffuser, candles and anything spiritually symbolic to help you to commit to your daily practice. Listening to tranquil, euphoric or tribal music whilst meditating will help to enhance your level of relaxation, guiding you towards spiritual stillness. Sipping on good quality basil, blue lily, brahmi, ginkgo biloba, lavender, damiana and chamomile herbal teas are a great way to promote serenity and spiritual expansion.