It’s hard finding time to be mindful when the days just seem to run away with endless demands on your time and attention. And this might be slightly controversial but there really is enough time. Don’t believe us? Well, time is always there and available to us. It’s just what we choose to do with it that makes the difference.
For so many of us, it's distractions like our devices or the 24/7 work email pinging back and forth on our smartphones that uses up our precious time. For others, it’s taking on too much, not using the word no enough or having FOMO (fear of missing out) that drives them to be constantly in motion.
What Is Meditation?
Being busy all of the time isn’t necessarily the same as being productive. Not to mention, that it's detrimental to your health and well-being. Meditating is a fantastic skill to learn, and it allows us to connect with ourselves once more.
When you meditate, you become more in touch with your body and aware of where you feel tension or pain. It also brings clarity of thought, improved focus, and lower stress levels, and you’ll even find that you’re kinder to yourself too, something that we all need to do more.
So, what is meditation? Well, let’s put some common myths to bed. You don’t have to be a Tibetan monk to do it, nor do you have to be a super flexible yogi. For another fact, you don’t have to chant om either, and you will still certainly have thoughts, but it is about sitting calmly and quietly, without interruption and focusing on your breath. That’s pretty much it. Essentially, mindful meditation is about learning to stay in the present moment, rather than getting stuck in the past or thinking ahead to the future.
So, how do you incorporate that all imperative pause in day-to-day life to be mindful? It’s the million-dollar question but it might surprise you that you can meditate for as little as five minutes a day to feel a difference. Another great thing is that you can do it anytime, anywhere, alone, with a friend or a group of people.
How To Meditate
Firstly, find yourself a comfortable, warm, quiet place. If you’re new to meditation, you could use a guided audio to help you through the stages of mindful meditation. Try the Kindle store, audible, search engines like YouTube or the App store.
Not everyone likes to be guided, some people just want to guide themselves so whatever your preference is, that’s okay. No one meditation session is ever the same either, but the main thing is that you focus on the breath and notice when it wanders from the task. You will most definitely need patience when you first start because you focus on just one breath and find that your mind’s already wandering but keep with it and you’ll notice how over time, you begin to meditate more easily and less thoughts disrupt the meditation.
How To Meditate With Aromatherapy?
Meditating with scent can enhance the overall experience and with the right essential oils, it can also help to calm the mind and destress the body more quickly. A soothing essential oil balm like De-Stress Wellbeing Ritual Aromatherapy Balm cuts out the mess and is great for those that find it hard to switch off or for a deeper, immersive experience, try a De Stress Aromatherapy Candle.
How To Use Our Meditation Set
For the ultimate meditation session, try the Scentered Mindful Escape Relaxation Set, ideal for creating an evocative yet relaxing ambience. Designed to create twenty minutes of mindfulness, this gorgeous set contains twelve beeswax candles, with a burn time of guess what, twenty minutes!Light a candle, being sure to note the Scentered mantra of Stop.Inhale.Reset® that’s cleverly inscribed on the luxurious brass candle holder and apply some Escape Aromatherapy Ritual Balm to your pulse points (wrist, neck, and temples) Then inhale the enticing aroma with the deeply warming signature notes of Oud, Frankincense and Sandalwood taking three or four deep breathes. Focus your mind on the flickering candlelight and feel your shoulders lighten as the tension drains from your body. A combination of meditation and aromatherapy is a wonderful way to feel transported away from daily stresses. Just perfect.