Do you practice mindfulness?
It's truly the buzz word and a very in thing to do.
I practice mindfulness.
I try to diffuse situations from exploding by watching my thoughts.
Well, really my instant reaction, or thought reaction.
If that thought is going to make me upset or frustrated, I try to sit back and look to see if there's a better thought.
Sometimes, I have to sit and breathe for a few minutes to clear my head and my emotions.
When I do that, I always use an uplifting or clarifying essential oils, like Clarity, or a blend of Frankincense, Lavender and Stress Away, or even an essential oil from the citrus family.
It takes the immediate flurry of negative, or upsetting thoughts away and replaces it with more rational thoughts.
So, I'm not throwing Mindfulness away, but what if you added awareness to mindfulness?
Ok, well what does that mean?
Let's face it, we all have situations in our lives that arise from time to time, and they are not our cup of tea.
In fact, they can be quite toxic.
And, there are people like that too. They're just are always negative Nellies, or whining or plain, downright rude.
Often, we can't eliminate all of these situations or people.
It may exist where you work, and there may be people at work or in your family, that you just can't wave a magic wand and make them disappear.
But, you are aware of those situations and those people.
And, you can be fully aware that when you encounter these people and situations that it might not be pleasant.
So, what if you took full advantage of being aware, or being present, and also of being mindful?
What if you change your thoughts and were mindful and aware of the probable situation?
Let me tell you a small story.
I have a close family member that is just unhappy with herself and the rest of the world.
I know this, so when I have to have the encounter, I clear my mind, I use essential oils and the situation does not have to be unpleasant for me anymore.
Because I'm not trying anymore to change anyone, or any situation, other than myself and my reactions.
Phew! You wouldn't believe the difference.
That unhappy person becomes just that, and you get to love on that and empathize instead of being frustrated or critical!
So, next time you find yourself suddenly frustrated, take a moment, excuse yourself and go and do some deep breathing for just a couple of minutes.
I know several methods of breathing but the easiest to remember is, breathe in for five seconds, hold for five seconds, and release for five seconds. Do this until your mind feels clear and you have found a better thought about the person or situation.
Remember, being present and being mindful will rock your world, and change it!
And, don't be tough on yourself if this takes a little practice. Remember that part of your brain called the amygdala? It's that small almond-shaped part of your brain that stores all your memories, patterns and beliefs. Well, it needs more than a few times to get the message and retrain the automatic response it's used to giving you.
So, here's a couple of tips that I use and I hope helps you............
My secret formula for releasing negative thoughts, equal drops of Frankincense, Lavender, and Stress Away.
My most awesome oil for affirming and confirming new positive thoughts. Believe.
For diffusing stress, get out the diffuser and put about 3-4 drops each of Lavender and Stress Away, and two drops of Peppermint. You'll feel relaxed and uplifted!