The scent of pure oils like those created by Young Living capture my senses as soon as I remove the lid, releasing a scent into the air that immediately calms and relaxes me. I often roll a small amount on my wrist and inhale it a couple of times to get the full effect. Essential oils have a wonderful way of connecting to the brain and, thus the nervous system, in ways that convey a unique perspective of the external world. It is part of a multisensory integration (sight, sound, smell, taste and touch) that creates unique experiences that emerge when signals from different sensory channels are bound together. My favorite essential oils for calming me are Young Living’s StressAway and Frankinscense. Discover yours!
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I like yoga and meditation for everything else.
Contemplative Practice Transforms Us
Contemplative practice of any kind, but Yoga in particular, has been proven to improve well-being by reducing our response to stress, creating fluidity and opening us to mindfulness.
It is commonly thought that in order to meditate you need to stop all thoughts and rest your mind in thoughtless peace. This is not true at all. Actually, having thoughts is perfectly normal. In fact, it’s what’s supposed to happen! When you notice that you are distracted by thoughts, gently bring your attention back to the object of your meditation. This is how you become able to relate differently to distractions and increase your ability to focus and concentrate.