Winter is the time of year where we are called to slow down and be still. It might not seem like that in the holiday season sprees, year-end deadlines, and new year jumpstarts, but it is important to continue to find a stillness in the whirlwind of winter.
Luckily, our oils are wonderful companions who constantly beckon us to take a moment for ourselves. One of the simplest ways to use essential oils safely is through inhalation and the act of stopping, sitting, smelling, and reflecting can provide just the kind of “time-out” that you need to restore your energy and reset your outlook to continue.
You are sitting here reading this blog so, go ahead, grab an oil from the shelf and try this:
- Let Go. Relinquish yourself from whatever task is currently at hand, but don’t worry, you’ll get back to it. Just give yourself permission to pause, disengage, and return to your center.
- Get Comfortable. Sit back in your chair or find a more comfortable seat or position. Maybe lay down on the floor (set an alarm for a few minutes if you are afraid you’ll fall asleep).
- Take a Deep Breath. Place a drop of essential oil on a cotton ball, tissue, handkerchief, or inhale from the bottle. Be sure to wave it back and forth while inhaling, alternating nostrils. Perhaps take a few deep breaths this way.
- Observe. Just watch what happens in your internal world. Can you invite in more relaxation? Are there memories emerging? What emotions do you feel? What does your heart say?
You can journal your experience or just let it sink in. Continue until you are ready to return to the to-dos, but do so with a lighter heart and greater awareness.
At the heart of a mindfulness practice is the idea of a “beginner’s mind.” This means that no matter how long you have been practicing you are encouraged to approach your experience with the mind of a beginner, letting go of preconceived notions, of past experiences, of comparing this to last time and just be in your experience right now.
I like to apply this to my practice of working with essential oils. Sure, I’ve used lavender a million times but can I take a moment right here to sit with it as if it was my first time? What does she want to say to me today? It is amazing to me how much I learn from going back to simple practices. Sometimes it is more than I read about in book or learn in classes. Knowing how to trust one’s inner wisdom is one of my favorite things to teach to students.
You have to keep learning until you get past the point of feeling like you know it all and return back to being open to the wisdom right in front of you.
As we have expanded our advanced training offering for practitioners in the Aromatherapy Practitioner Training Program, I began to feel that some of our students could benefit from a course that was more geared to beginner’s and provided a strong foundation for practicing at home and making products with essential oils.
For the past year, we’ve been working on a brand new course that will be offered starting in March and run through August of 2017.
The Aromatherapy Beginner’s Course is an in-depth introduction to the art and science of aromatherapy. The course consists of 4 weekend workshops (totaling 50 hours of live training) and another 50 hours of independent study projects, totaling 100 hours of guided training. The focus of this curriculum is not only on how we use essential oils but also how we support our bodies natural healing mechanisms.
The first weekend is April 22/23 and space is very limited. Register now to reserve your space in this first offering of the Aromatherapy Beginner’s Course.