Do you feel like a deep breath is in order? The kind that finds every little ounce of space in your lungs and then gently helps you drop your shoulders as you exhale? Now try it – Inhale…Exhale… Inhale… Exhale.
The speed and depth of our breath makes a huge impact on our overall health, including our mental wellbeing. Have you noticed yourself breathing in a more shallow way this year? Or more rapidly? When our brain is juggling serious choices to steer clear of the heaviness, the confusion, the “rabbit hole” of conflicting information and fear, we may or may not notice how we’re cutting off our life force, our air, our breath.
What I’ve found, is that practicing certain daily habits, ones that are non-negotiable to me, has allowed me to take a deep breath and gain perspective on this year of constant change. These habits have been my saving grace.
Here’s what I’ve been doing along with millions of others seeking some semblance of calm and clarity. It’s really helped me over time. Not so much day one, five, fifteen or sometimes now even years into this daily practice. It’s why we call it a “practice.” Because each experience is unique and over time, when repeated over and over, it becomes increasingly more natural to us, easier to do, and in 2020, quite necessary.
As I begin EVERY morning with zero exceptions no matter where I am, I start with a short but calming meditation practice where I literally sit in the darkness, in my pjs, legs propped with living room pillows, blanket around me for warmth and my favorite essential oil blend – the doTERRA Peace Touch blend – rubbed onto the palm of my hands and cupped around my nose before I begin. I also apply any excess to the tip of my nose and my forehead or 3rd eye. It is such a grounding aromatic blend for me!
Every morning. Early. Before the world wakes up. And yes, I DO set an alarm so that is possible.
You see, I’ve always been considered a rather “energetic” woman. Pretty much since the day I was born! Calming activity to start my day by tuning in vs focusing outward makes a huge difference in the way my day will go. If I don’t make time for even a few minutes for my daily practice, I begin to get increasingly off track from the most important people and activities in my life. If I don’t pause for peace each morning as a ritual to start the day, I find my concentration disappears early on, and subtly, slowly, subconsciously—I start picking up everybody’s “stuff” and I lose my focus on what really matters.
This has been increasingly apparent in 2020 when our ability to decide how we want to show up as our best selves, is tested seemingly by the hour!
Morning meditation anchored with an essential oil blend like the doTERRA Peace Reassuring blend is honestly easy to do, and very, very powerful to one’s emotional balance over time. If you don’t already have a practice – try a free App on your phone like Headspace. Or do what I do: focus on observing your breath with a mindfulness meditation approach.