Monday, March 6, 2017

Meditation (Originally published 2/25/17)

Hi & thank you for joining me again.  I’ve read back over my intro & I noticed the way I refer to Aromatherapy, Meditation & Yoga.  It’s a trio, each needed to help support & assist in our balance & spirit.
The last couple of weeks we discussed Aromatherapy.  You’ve decided the aromas you want to try.  Now you’re ready to move to the second leg of the triad.  Meditation.
Yoga International defines meditation this way: “Meditation is a word that has come to be used loosely and inaccurately in the modern world. That is why there is so much confusion about how to practice it. Some people use the word meditate when they mean thinking or contemplating; others use it to refer to daydreaming or fantasizing. However, meditation (dhyana) is not any of these.
Meditation is a precise technique for resting the mind and attaining a state of consciousness that is totally different from the normal waking state. It is the means for fathoming all the levels of ourselves and finally experiencing the center of consciousness within. Meditation is not a part of any religion; it is a science, which means that the process of meditation follows a particular order, has definite principles, and produces results that can be verified.”
To reach this state takes time, practice & desire, but the benefits of the journey are very rewarding.  You will experiment with different locations, different aromas & different ways of diffusion to find what works for you.  You will try different positions to find the one where you feel the energy flowing into you, through you & returning to the energy of the universe.
The aromas we have already discussed.  You want the fragrances that promote relaxation, focus & concentration.  Roman Chamomile, Lavender & Peppermint are excellent for just these purposes.
You need to think about your location.  You need somewhere that’s quiet & you’ll be left alone.  A public park would probably not be a good choice. 
In a perfect world your home would be ideal.  There you can control how strong the fragrance is & what’s in your surroundings, the sights & sounds. 
I utilize my living room.  I have a fireplace for my ambiance.  Whether my eyes are open or closed I see the flickering of the flames.  I have my diffuser putting my aroma into the air.  I bring my focus into my body, looking for the places to be addressed.  Keeping my mind open.
On nice days I can travel a bit into the desert & find a place of solitude.  I would definitely set up incense sticks or cones out there.  I would want the higher concentration out in the open.
Your location can also influence the positions you can try.  And vice versa.  When I started meditation I couldn’t sit cross-legged on the floor with a straight back.  So I started meditating lying on my back.  Not exactly something you would do out doors.
And while that was a place to start, I wasn’t content with the flow of energy.  So I started sitting up.  I pushed my bottom as close to the door as I could & then used the support to help hold my back straight.  I concentrated on strengthening those muscles & stretching out my leg muscles at the same time.  I can know sit on the floor, either straight legged or cross-legged, with a straight back.  I’m happier with the flow of energy.
The goal of Meditating is to bring you into a state of consciousness that brings rest to our minds.  A rest that is not attainable in our normal waking state.
Join me next week as we put the third leg in place, Yoga.

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