Meditation Infographic #4: Aromatherapy Essential Oils

 

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Tips on How to Meditate:

Using aromatherapy alongside your daily meditation rituals are both relaxing and fun! By using different scents during each of your meditations (depending on the time of day) conditions your mind to ‘this is meditation time’ and smooths you into the session with ease. Light and happy notes can be use in the morning to freshen the mind for the day, the afternoon can make use of more herbal-based notes for a gentle revitalisation, whereas heavy scents can be used before bedtime. You can add the essential oils to an aromatherapy burner or apply an oil pre-mixed with a carrier to your hands before meditation.

 

I have listed in this infographic three essential oil recommendations during meditation:

Lemon for the mornings as a top note,

Lavender for the afternoon as a middle note,

Sandalwood for the evenings as a base note.

 

Tip: Whenever possible always buy reputable and sustainable products as these will contain the proper amounts of oil for an effective and long-lasting aromatherapy treatment!

 

References:

  1. The Fragrant Pharmacy, A complete guide to Aromatherapy & Essential Oils. Valerie Ann Worwood. 1990. Bantam Books
  2. Everybody’s Aromotherapy, A complrehensive guide for All Ages. Helen Ranger. 2001. Tafelberg

Picture sources: BioLib Online Library of Biological Books & Wikimedia Commons
Disclaimer: Aromatherapy forms part of an holistic tress therapy routine and is not meant to replace medical treatments or doctor consultations.

 

 

– Smell Yourself Happy –

All Natural Spirit

Meditation Infographic #3: Musical Aids

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Tips on How to Meditate:

Music can assist with reaching a meditative state and turns your focus inwards towards your breath. Here is a selection of three musical pieces composed by Adrian von Ziegler. They are most effective to use during the day with a set intention, but not during your morning (after waking) or evening (before bed) meditations. When you use them for creative thinking or observations of your thoughts, keep a pen and paper at hand to jot down any impressions. Review these afterwards and you’d be amazed at how inspiring some of the ideas can be. Pluto is my favourite and I use it first to get me in the mood, then I move on to either the Autumn Forest or Summer Isle.

 

Tip: Select musical pieces that are in harmony with your usual meditation time, for instance if you are a beginner, 5 minute pieces are preferred, whereas more advanced students could combine smaller pieces or select longer ones!

 

 

Here are the links:

Autumn Forest ( approximately 20 min)

Summer Isle (approximately 20 min)

Pluto (approximately 10 min)

 

 

-Good Vibes-

All Natural Spirit

Meditation Infographic #2: Meditation Space & Focus Tools

 

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Tips on How to Meditate:

4x Symbolic ideas based on the elements for your meditation space or to aid as focus tools!

 

Here I have a quick overview of meditation focus tools! These are physical focus elements, whereas the visualisations are mental elements. Again we start with Fire: you can use a candle, either real or electronic. I find the electronic candles are safer and you can put them anywhere (even on blankets) with no risk of actual fire! Yikes we don’t want to go all out… 😉 … You should gaze at the candle flame or light during meditation with unfocused eyes. Open-eye meditations assist with grounding you in the present moment. The Air symbolism is for a Tibetan singing bowl; I have one myself brought all the way from Tibet by my father. It can be used as a opening ceremony to the meditation and when you sing the bowl you condition yourself that now it is meditation time. The Earth and Water symbols are for closed-eye meditations, here you focus on their textures as you hold them in your hands. Many crystals, even those that have been polished, have a rough texture with fissures and cracks. Raw crystals even more so, whereas shells are smooth and many have little bumps. You can run your fingers and hands along the surface of the crystals or shells during your meditations, especially when your thoughts start to wonder.

All of these tools are used as reminders for your mind to turn inwards to your breath.

 

Tip: You can use both physical & mental elements to stay focused during meditation!

 

YouTube: Singing Bowl Demonstration

Public Domain photo credits (top left – bottom right): Anna Langova, Simon A. Eugster, Dario Crespi & Petr Kratochvil.

 

 

-Good Vibes-

All Natural Spirit