Close your eyes, relax, take a deep breath, hold, and exhale.
Focus on the scent of the lavender in the air, breathe it in, hold, and exhale.
Just reading that brings peace of mind, relaxation, and the calming of your overactive mind. For so long, our world has depended on the suppression and relief of stress, anxiety, depression, and pain from pharmaceuticals.
If you pay attention to how pharmaceuticals work, it is quite alarming. This medicine turns off specific receptors to ease the mind, this one stimulates chemical release to elevate mood, and this one blocks pain receptors altogether. The body is not meant to be manipulated through the ingestion of medications. Luckily, there are more natural ways to improve well-being, state of mind, anxiety, depression, and even alleviate pain.
Three highly beneficial and all-natural approaches are Mindfulness-Meditation, Aromatherapy, and CBD products. By practicing mindfulness daily and adopting these natural gifts from mother nature, you can find a healthier you and a healthier lifestyle.
The benefits can only be fully understood when you experience them yourself!
The Art of Mindfulness and Meditation
Mindfulness is a skill to be mastered; it is living in the moment and being present. It sounds so much easier than actually putting it into practice. Every day is filled with stressors where ever we look like the news, social media, family quarls, or relationship issues. It becomes so easy to allow outside interference to distract us from being mindful during our activities. After a while, like anything else, it becomes a habit.
Mindfulness meditation has been growing in popularity for several years in two scientific forms, Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).
MBSR and MBCT both promote the importance of living in your present moment while allowing yourself to feel emotions rather than questioning your developing thoughts. "Mindfulness changes the brain by allowing people to access this present-moment pathway," states Zindel Segal, Ph.D. In studies conducted between 2009 and 2011, MBSR showed a significant reduction in stress levels and an increase in self-love and self-affirmation.
Does that mean you have to use the exact structure or take training to understand how to be mindful? No, it doesn't. Being mindful is allowing yourself to be here right now as you're reading this sentence. Hanging on to every word as it flows to the next and finding real understanding.
For example, have you ever read a book just to find that you blanked out everything you just read? That's the sabotage of your mind, emotions, or stressors. You try to re-read and re-read, but time and time again, you recall nothing. Next time, read, but listen to your internal voice as you annunciate each word. Being mindful brings peace and happiness because, despite whatever is happening in your life, you continue living, and living requires your full attention. Stress or mental disorders are continually calling to us, but if you want to limit their power over you, then you must learn to forget about them and enjoy every moment to its fullest.
The ability to be mindful is healing power for more than just the mind. By strengthening and refocusing your account to be entirely engaged in your everyday life, you will make better choices in your diet and exercise routines, creating a healthier vessel. Not only will it help you to create a healthier you, but also develop healthier relationships, more robust career performance, and more successful personal affairs.
Meditation and running are activities I use for practicing the art of mindfulness. I also just enjoy them whole-heartedly! There are lots of other activities to practice mindfulness as well, like yoga, stretching, walking, breathing, and reading. Mindfulness practiced will eventually become second nature and blossom within you in everything you do.
You must take in every scent, feel every feeling, see everything there is to see, hear every sound, taste every flavor, and allow yourself to welcome the beauty of the world around you.
The Power of Aromatherapy
You walk into your favorite cafe drooling at the thought of that White Chocolate Mocha with an extra shot of espresso. You're ready to start your day and get that pick-me-up, but what you didn't realize was that as soon as you entered the cafe, the aroma had already begun to enhance your mood and energy levels. Yes, the beautiful mix of vanilla bean and creme in the air!
Aromatherapy has been around for over 2,500 years and practiced by ancient cultures like Egypt, China, and India. How can you begin practicing aromatherapy?
3 Ways to Utilize Aromatherapy in Your Life
Inhalation - Diffusers, humidifiers, candles, sprays, incent burning, jewelry.
Bath - 6-8 drops in your bath, the sound of ambiance from your favorite playlist, and possibly a glass of your favorite Cabernet.
Massage - Lotions, oils that are often diluted (who doesn't love a scented massage).
So, now you know how to practice it, but what are the benefits, and how exactly does aromatherapy work?
Aromatherapy affects you physically, mentally, and emotionally. Just like smelling your mother's cooking after a long while and being brought back to the days when she was in the kitchen humming a tune, your little brother was playing with cars, you were practicing your saxophone, and your dad was watching Detroit Lions re-plays.
Inhaled aromas cause a significant change in the brain's response to stress, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, fatigue, and even insomnia.
Essential Oils work in two different ways, through skin absorption and inhalation. So going back to the lotions, oils, diffusers, and bath (absorption and breath). You could even spice up an unscented moisturizer, conditioner, or hand soap with your favorite aromas!
Here are the top three oils that I frequently use with my stylish lava rock bracelet!
Lavender - improves mood, reduces stress, alleviates headaches, combats insomnia, and it smells beautiful!
Peppermint - Increased energy, sinus pressure relief, improve IBS symptoms, and even repel bugs.
Rose - Increase sexual desire, reduce stress, and sharpen your mind!
Here's a recipe for a homemade and all-natural vapor rub because home-made is always better: Mix peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil, coconut oil, olive oil, and grated beeswax.
Last but not least, the majestic CBD!
The Healing Magic of CBD
Cannabidiol (CBD) has been blossoming for the last few years. The oil is derived from the Hemp plant but does not create the same psychoactive responses as its counterpart THC, but the benefits of CBD on the mind, body, and spirit are far more useful than the mind-altering high of marijuana.
We've discussed the power of essential oils, and a great way to understand CBD is as the essential oil of Hemp.
CBD is on the rise and now can be purchased at most places, even your local video store, but like any product, you want high-quality with results! When you begin to use it daily, its benefits go beyond the mind, body, and spirit. It's as if the universe knows and reacts with you differently. You find peace, power, healing, clarity, and creativity. CBD is very low in THC, and now there is even a THC-free CBD product!
Science has recognized CBD, and it's benefits but still lack the understanding of how one compound can affect so many different parts of the body. According to scientific literature, it targets 65 molecular structures!
Cannabinoids work in the body by reacting with cannabinoid receptors 1 and 2 (CB1 and CB2), which make up the Endocannabinoid System. Unlike THC, which only attaches to the receptors and provides its psychoactive effect, CBD works with both and stimulates them to create their own endocannabinoids.
CB1 receptors are found in the brain (central and peripheral nervous systems). They send signals for movement, pain, emotion, mood, thinking, fear, and memory.
CB2 receptors are mainly found in immune cells, lymphoid tissue, and nerve terminals. These receptors correlate more with immunity, inflammation, and pain.
CBD is used to treat a wide variety of ailments, disorders and to enhance the quality of life:
PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
The Trifecta of the Power 3
By adopting these three natural and promising practices, you will leap into a whole new world of health, balance, and peace.
Clear an area, place your yoga mat, turn on the ambiance, take your CBD, diffuse your favorite essential oil, get in your most comfortable meditation position. Be mindful, and find your inner peace while promoting your mind, body, and spirit to heal.