A Beginner’s Guide to Meditation

36 September 26, 2016 - Aromatherapy, At Home, Essential Oils, How to Use Essential Oils, Mental Wellness, Mind & Spirit, Young Living Lifestyle

You’re folding clothes, while watching TV, while checking your phone, while petting the dog—all while wondering what to make for dinner and whether or not you could rock bangs. Sound familiar? With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it can be easy for our minds to get overwhelmed and overburdened.

 

To combat this stimulation overload, many people turn to meditation. Meditation is an ancient remedy for the stress and anxiety of modern life. It can help us develop strength, clarity and stability in our mind and also help us live in a less distracted, more wakeful, and productive way. All you need is a quiet place, a little determination, and a few meditation tips and pointers to help you find success:

 

Make time

Make sure you designate a time each day to practice meditation. It doesn’t need to be long—even two minutes of meditation can be beneficial—but you must be consistent. Like any skill, meditation takes repetition and practice to master. The more consistent you are with it; the more benefits you will see.

 

Clarity Essential Oil Blend - Young LivingFind the right location

Ideally you’d meditate atop a mountain surrounded by clouds of incense, yak butter candles, and the sound of tingsha chimes. But this just isn’t realistic for the majority of us. Luckily, all you really need is a place where you won’t be interrupted. If you can, dim the lights and diffuse or directly inhale meditation oils like Clarity, StressAway, and InnerChild. Music can also add to a calming atmosphere. Turn on our Young Living Massage Soundtrack to enjoy 20 minutes of relaxing music or create your own meditation playlist!

 

V-6 Enhanved Vegetable Oil Blend - Young LivingSit properly

The place you choose to sit should be comfortable. Keep your back straight but make sure you’re relaxed and comfortable. Try rolling back your shoulders to help straighten your back. Muscles tight? Mix a few drops of your favorite essential oils with V-6 Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex and massage the area. The massage motion can help improve blood circulation and help relieve tension.

 

Present Time Essential Oil Blend - Young LivingTurn off your mind

One of the keys to meditation is learning how to allow thoughts to come and go without judgement or emotion. This is also one of the most difficult parts to master. It is completely normal for your mind to start racing as soon as you try to calm it, so don’t try and block out everything that comes into your mind. Instead, let the thought come into your mind, acknowledge it, and let it go. You can get extra help focusing your mind by practicing guided meditation with an oil like Present Time.

 

Lavender Essential Oil - Young LivingBreathe

Breathing is the foundation of meditation. If your mind begins to wander, you can always return to the breath to refocus yourself. Diffuse an essential oil with a calming aroma like Lavender or Frankincense, close your eyes, and breathe in deeply through your nose and allow your chest and stomach to expand as you are filling your body with nice, fresh air. Then exhale fully and slowly through your mouth, letting the air remove all negative energy from your body. Pay attention to the physical sensation of breathing: the cool air entering your nostrils, the expansion of your belly, and the warmness of the air leaving your body.

 

Stick with it

The changes meditation can make to your life may be subtle at first, but over time can significantly increase your inner wellbeing and happiness. Remember, practice makes perfect and your perfect is not someone else’s perfect. Don’t get discouraged or frustrated if you don’t reach nirvana on your first go. As long as you stay consistent you will start to see progress and the benefits of giving your mind the TLC it needs.

 

What essential oils do you use to enhance your relaxation and reflection time?

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  • Ruthann R

    I love reading the KJV Bible and meditating on it. Nothing compares. I also enjoy using YL oils for some wonderful benefits.

  • Martie Buzzard

    There are many recommended sitting positions for meditation and many people are unable to sustain the “standard” position shown on your website. After a decade of yoga and at age 73, it is more comfortable and sustainable to place two yoga blocks together horizontally, cover with a folded blanket, place “sit bones” on top of blanket and bend knees with shins and tops of feet on floor… all balanced with no pressure points. http://www.sonima.com/meditation/meditation-positions/

  • Claudia Cuevas

    For my morning meditation, I use Clarity and Grounding.
    For my mid-day meditation, I use Abundance.
    And for my evening meditation, I use Harmony and Frankincense.

    Of course, I always very them but these are my essentials!

  • I love to use Sacred Mountain when I meditate, I often blend it with Sacred Frankincense. Depending on which mediation practice I am doing I may use others as well. I want to try Present Time too. I should add that to my next ER order.

  • Lama Nyingje Drolma

    Sacred Mountain is my current favorite oil to diffuse during my daily meditation. I also add oils to one of the offering bowls on my altar. I like to use Ylang Ylang in that. I wear a diffuser necklace with Frankincense when I go to the Monastery. However when teaching meditation I like Present Time.

  • Or as John Cleese likes to say: “Create boundaries of space… and boundaries of time” in order to achieve that inner peace and focus and to be able to freely contemplate and reach new ideas and solutions for yourself.

  • Ernestina Cavazos

    Have you try meditating with The Lord and the oils??? There is no words ,What He touch in your heart or mind.

  • My wife uses Sacred Frank in her meditation practice all the time. She says that its a pretty intense oil to use for meditation and not for the faint of heart but if you can build yourself up to it has amazing results. Ive watched her come out of her meditation room with her face red from crying but a smile from ear to ear.

    These oils are amazing!

  • Stephanie Lindsey-Gilles

    My new super favorite is The Gift! No doubt! This oil is the perfect blend of some of the Biblical oils and more. I never ever want to be out of this blend, and I’m only have aboutb2 drops left. Yikes. This oil is like a hug from Jesus! And I need his love all through the night and day ❤️

  • I like sacred mountain or frankincense/balsam fir combo for those times when I wish to “be still”

  • I love using Egyptian Gold oil over my third eye chakra :).

  • Colin McArthur

    My wife Tonia uses Sacred Frankincense in her meditation practice and she absolutely swears by it. It works so well for her that shes come out of her meditation room in red in the face from crying but also ear to ear smiling. Its incredible how well these oils work in meditation practices.

  • Leanna Buroker

    I love using Harmony when I meditate!

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