Tired of feeling like you're wasting your time with meditation, “being fully present,” and all that other “woo woo” stuff designed to help you be the best version of yourself? Do any of those crazy phrases that make you feel like a silly tree hugger even work? Are you wasting your time? Or is there actually something to it all? If you're feeling overwhelmed with a racing mind, nearly desperate to quiet and calm the inner chaos, but can't bring yourself to meditate, you're not alone.
Have you ever relaxed, ready for some downtime… just to be frustrated by the constant flow of thoughts and ideas flooding through your mind, unable to slow down your mind… then give up because you're desperate for a distraction? Yet when you sit down to actually be able to write it all out or need new thoughts to formulate new ideas… you're stuck in silence with a lack of inspiration… or any minuscule thought at all.
Yes… racing thoughts happens to EVERYONE… No… you're not crazy!
Wouldn't it be nice if more people would talk about the HOW behind calming overwhelming thoughts? Instead, most of what I've heard and read has been along the lines of “you just do it,” and clarifications of meditation.
I have to laugh a little because I've had many people ask me this recently, and initially I was inclined to reply with “lots of practice.” But this morning I was working through my self-care morning routine and was reminded more about the process I went through to calm my mind, ditch the overwhelm, and turn my thought-chaos into productive pondering. And while I sent out messages to several of the wonderful ladies I've been talking with about learning deeper methods to experience this level of self-care, I thought you, my readers, would LOVE to hear it too.
So… how you do quiet your mind?
When I first dove into the wild world of self-improvement, self-discovery, personal development, and spiritual development, I was greatly overwhelmed. It seemed like an additional chore that I didn't want to burden my schedule and precious limited energy with… but at the same time, I felt pulled in that direction with an unidentifiable calling that resulted in opening up a whole new way of life that is 100% totally worth the time investment!
This morning I reminisced about the exercise class I took for a semester at Palomar College in Southern California and thought of the women who've been asking me what they can do to practice quieting their minds. The professor who taught the course was incredible, helping me adapt my techniques to my physical limitations (I was unable to stand because of frequent low blood pressure and muscle weakness spells… you can read more about my health story here). For 16 weeks, I spent an hour at the fitness studio twice a week, the instructor helped me learn how to focus on breathing techniques and stretches. During that time, I leaned into appreciating my body for what I could accomplish. The side effect: I spent significantly less time beating myself up silently over the things I couldn't do.
From there I realized, finding mental peace is not about fully clearing your mind as a conscious act. It is about allowing thoughts to come in, acknowledging them, and releasing the ones that do not serve a constructive purpose… all while continuing to live in the sounds and process of breathing while being conscious in the sensation felt while stretching. When you do this often enough… your mind allows thoughts to actually be released, instead of hoarded in the cluttered corner of your mind that creeps in with anxiety-induced overwhelm.
Deepen your mental wellness with essential oils
For the longest time, I only used essential oils as enjoyable aromas to diffuse that didn't come action-packed with toxic chemicals (like typical air fresheners do), and for occasional headaches or nausea. I didn't realize how powerful they can be with further deepening mental calmness until after applying frankincense to my forehead and the top of my head. I felt like I had just been hugged by the universe.
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Since then, I've found several oils work great in helping calm and focus your mind
- Frankincense – is the most powerful essential oil for your spirit. It is grounding, balancing, and facilitates openness. Frankincense may help you develop a stronger connection with your faith.
- Sandalwood – is extremely cleansing and silencing negative thoughts and stress that cloud your mind, increasing our ability to focus, relax, and calm your mind. It is may help you to physically relax more during stressful times.
- Cedarwood – encourages focus. It helps with navigating mental clutter to help you settle down and ponder your thoughts more efficiently.
- Clary Sage – may clear the room of any stagnant negative energies that can influence and distract our minds from focusing and releasing.
- Neroli – is a spiritually transformative essential oil that may help promote self-love and acceptance, reduce your fears, and inspire creativity. Neroli helps with centering spiritually and physically to help us achieve mindfulness, clarity, and inner peace.
DIY essential oil blends to help enhance meditation:
To make roller blends, add the number of oil drops described below… then top off a 10ml bottle with your favorite carrier oil (such as sweet almond, fractionated coconut oil, grape seed oil… etc)
- Blessed Dreams DIY Roller Blend: 3-4 drops each of frankincense, sandalwood, tangerine, and juniper. Use 1-2 drops each to turn it into a diffuser blend.
- Gratefulness in a Bottle DIY Roller Blend: 3-4 drops each of frankincense, geranium, and orange essential oils. Use 1-2 drops each for a diffuser blend.
- Liquid Forgiveness Roller Blend: 3 drops each of lavender, cedar wood, frankincense, and patchouli. Use 1-2 drops each for a diffuser blend.
- Inspiration DIY Roller Blend: 3 drops each of lavender, cedar wood, rosemary, and vetiver. Use 1-2 drops each for a diffuser blend.
A carrier oil can be any cold-pressed, seed-based oil (ideally organic and unrefined). This includes most cooking oil, like coconut oil, avocado oil, and olive oil. Personally, we LOVE using sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, and the V6 Carrier oil (made by Young Living). This is the best way to dilute your essential oils for topical use.
Need empty bottles? You can order them from any bottle supply shop that offers essential oil bottles or even off Amazon. Personally, we save our old essential oil bottles, remove the labels, and reuse the bottles with a roller fitment. On occasion, we indulge in a YL branded roller bottle (they're so pretty). To reuse your bottles, ensure they are clean by soaking the empty bottle disassembled in boiling water for at least 15 minutes. Then let dry. Need a fun roller bottle?
Non-DIY essential oil blends to help enhance a peaceful mindset:
Often I love using blends more than single oils. While single oils are great, often blends can empower our minds, souls, and bodies a little differently and sometimes more efficiently. And let's face it… we aren't all into DIY options, so I put together a list of our favorite pre-made oil blends for you.
Dream Catcher – comprised of sandalwood, tangerine, ylang ylang, black pepper, bergamot, juniper, anise, and blue tansy essential oils. This blend is best used when praying or relaxing at night before falling asleep (and while sleeping). Dream Catcher is specifically formulated to help us open our minds, enhance our dreams, visualize our dreams, and manifest our dreams.
Gratitude – comprised of balsam fir, frankincense, coriander, myrrh, ylang ylang, bergamot, black spruce, vetiver, and geranium essential oils. This blend is best diffused or applied over your heart chakra. Gratitude is designed to help elevate and soothe past emotional traumas, while encouraging a grateful mindset.
Humility – is comprised of coriander, ylang ylang, bergamot, geranium, Mellissa, frankincense, myrrh, spikenard, neroli, and rose essential oils. This blend is best diffused or applied topically over your heart, temples, neck, or forehead. Humility helps us heal by fostering a sense of forgiveness.
Inspiration – is comprised of cedar wood, spruce, myrtle, coriander, sandalwood, frankincense, bergamot, spikenard, vetiver, ylang ylang, and geranium in a base of fractionated coconut oil. It is best diffused or applied on the edges of our ears, on our wrists, necks, temples, forehead, the crown of heads, bottoms of feet, or along our spines. Inspiration was designed to help us with communicating and fostering deeper connections with our higher selves and Source/God. It helps us release negative thoughts and enhances our spiritual awareness, promoting a perfect environment for prayer and relaxation.
Sacred Mountain – is comprised of spruce, ylang ylang, balsam fir, and cedar wood. It is best diffused or diluted and applied on the crowns of our heads, the backs of our necks, behind our ears, on our thymus, or on our wrists. The Sacred Mountain blend was specifically designed for enhancing a feeling of being protected, empowered, and grounded.
Transformation – is a blend of lemon, peppermint, clary sage, sandalwood, blue spruce, frankincense, cardamom, palo santo, and ocotea essential oils. It is best used in the diffuser or diluted and applied topically our foreheads and over our hearts. Transformation was specially created for releasing pent-up effects from repressed emotional and spiritual trauma while replacing the negative emotions with joy, hope, and courage so we can move forward in our transformational journeys.
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