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Rita Balshaw’s Mindfulness Practices

Mindfulness & Aromatherapy

By Rita Balshaw

Anyone can have a mindfulness practice. Any activity done with pure intention and complete presence is meditation. It doesn’t matter how old you are, how fit you are, if you’re religious or not…mindful meditation is available to us all.

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 practice 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 may 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 I like to use for meditation are frankincense, rose absolute, petitgrain, jasmine, neroli, juniper berry, rosemary, jatamansi, lavender, sage, basil and lotus. These aromas effectively promote a clear mind and joyful heart, leaving me 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.

 

DIY Meditation Mist

This Meditation Mist is an exclusive blend of essential oils that will help to rebalance and harmonise the energy centres within the subtle body. Use this mist any way you please; before meditation, to clean your yoga mat, as an aromatic mist to promote relaxation.

 

50ml glass spray bottle 

Purified water

20 drops essential oil solubiliser 

6 drops sage essential oil

6 drops rose essential oil

6 drops frankincense essential oil 

10 drops lemon essential oil

 

Add all ingredients to a clean glass spray bottle and gently shake to combine. Always label and date your homemade aromatherapy products.

 

Meditation Extras

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 stillness. Sipping on our Perfect Potion Chakra Balancing Tea prior to mediation is a great way to promote serenity and spiritual expansion.

 

By Rita Balshaw

Natural Therapist
Dip. Holistic meditation
Cert. wellness coach, facial therapist,
doula, herbalist & restorative yoga teacher  

 

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Modern Meditation

Meditation

Any activity done with intention and presence is a spiritual practice

The search for happiness fuels human life, and we have created a culture where we have so many places to look for happiness; in our food, our relationships, even in our wardrobes. When living in a fast paced and opportunistic world we are taught to “work hard and play hard”, it then becomes easy to forget how to live a life of simplicity and appreciate the humble pleasures. Consciously acknowledging the essence of who we really are, minus the latest i-phone and the new pair of skinny jeans, is a big part of our human happiness, along with curiosity, spontaneity not thinking too far ahead or overcrowding your mind with too many thoughts.

 Why Should I Meditate?

Meditation is all about connection. By cultivating a deeper connection to ourselves we inevitably gain more understanding about 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.

Mindful mediation teaches us to literally be mindful. Mindful of our thoughts. 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 can cause chronic stress, illness and disharmony.

Meditation & Essential Oils

It is said that smells effect how we feel more than any other sensory experience. Essential oils enhance the energetic vibration of our own unique energy field and help transport you to a place of peace & calm. The tradition of using essential oils 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 I use for mediation are frankincense, rose absolute, petitgrain, jasmine, neroli, rosemary, lavender, sage, basil and lotus. These aromas effectively promote a clear mind and joyful heart, leaving me 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 inhalations and slow exhalations. 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, to help keep your body feeling energised and state of mind positive. You will discover how meditation gently takes you into the present moment, towards self-actualisation.

Meditation Additions

I recommend allocating a quiet and clean space, decked out with comfortable cushions, an aromatherapy diffuser, candles and anything 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 deep mental stillness. Sipping on herbs such as basil, blue lily, brahmi, ginkgo biloba, lavender, damiana and chamomile are great herbal teas to promote serenity and spiritual expansion.

Namaste

Rita