Aromatic Pause: A Grounding Ritual with our Mindfulness Trio Kit
For this ritual, plant yourself in the present moment and encourage gentle strength with the grounding, nurturing aromatic blends in our Mindfulness Trio Kit.
Five, Four, Three, Two, One
One of the simplest and most effective ways to find calm and mindful presence is the 5-4-3-2-1 mindfulness technique. This little grounding exercise brings you out of your head and plants you back into the present moment. Psychologists often teach this technique to help with panic disorders, as it helps disrupt the negative spiral by shifting consciousness from internal anguish to tangible experiences; but it’s also a wonderful tool for anybody seeking more mindful presence in their lives.
Simply look around you, and acknowledge without judgement:
5 things you can see (such as the sky, or even a pencil).
4 things you can touch (a warm coffee cup, soft jumper, the earth beneath your feet).
3 things you can hear (birds chirping, keyboards clicking, laughter).
2 things you can smell (as an aromatherapy company this is our favourite! Take time to inhale the aromas in our Mindfulness Trio blends).
1 thing you can taste (you can simply notice what is possible, or go for a walk to find yourself a glass of water and nutritious snack, as food can be a grounding form of medicine too).
Grounding through the senses is an amazing tool to help bring yourself into the present moment with mindful intention.
Further enhance this ritual…
A beautiful way to combine aromatherapy with your mindfulness practice is to use the inspiring aromas of essential oils to find grounding and balance. Inhaling your favourite scents makes your heart smile, and naturally stimulates the release of endorphins to bring you happiness in body, mind and spirit.
For a short and sweet ritual similar to the 5-4-3-2-1 mindfulness technique, focus on the sensory experience of scent.
Carry your favourite mindful blends with you, and allow deliberate, mindful attentiveness on their aromas to bring you back into sensory awareness.
As you inhale, close your eyes and try to notice every subtle scent in your chosen blend; isolating your awareness to focus on one individual ingredient at a time. By deeply attuning to the senses, you immerse yourself fully in the present moment.
Take as much or as little time as you need for this ritual, treating it as a ‘pause’ to settle back into the body and the present when the whirlwind of life becomes a little overwhelming.
Slow down to the pace of nature, and remember that there’s so much beauty in the little moments, so breathe, pause; and be mindfully present.
In the Mindfulness Trio Kit…
This recuperative, contemplative, mind-focussing blend concocted with calming lavender, mentally-stimulating lemon, and the spiritual, grounding earthy aromas of black spruce, vetiver, sandalwood, buddhawood and atlas cedarwood. Diffuse mindfulness to assist you in elevating your consciousness and honouring the present moment.
This beautiful synergy of soothing lavender, joyful sweet orange, nurturing geranium and confidence-instilling ylang ylang pure essential oils brings peace and tranquillity in body, mind and spirit. Diffuse to unwind, and feel the stress melt away.
Balance and purifiy negative emotional, mental and subtle energies with with cleansing sage, grounding black spruce, optimism-inspiring lemon, spiritual frankincense and psychically-protective rosemary. Diffuse to purify yourself and your sanctuary to clear space space for happiness, love, clarity and abundance to enter.
Chelsea Ritschel. How to Ease Anxiety with the ‘54321’ Mindfulness Trick. Retrieved Feb 18, 2021 from The Independent. https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/anxiety-5-4-3-2-1-mindfulness-activity-trick-how-does-it-work-ease-anxiousness-immediately-a8199296.html
Sowndhararajan, K., & Kim, S. (2016). Influence of Fragrances on Human Psychophysiological Activity: With Special Reference to Human Electroencephalographic Response. Scientia pharmaceutica, 84(4), 724–751. https://doi.org/10.3390/scipharm84040724 Retrieved Feb 18, 2021 from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5198031/