3 Simple Tips to Dramatically Improve Your Meditation
Meditation has become one of the most important techniques you could use to increase your overall happiness.
With so much chaos and negativity constantly affecting our everyday lives. It has become essential to find the time to unwind and to calm your mind.
Now there is no one way to meditate. Looking online you will find a variety of blog posts talking about meditation, and I can guarantee you that you will find a variety of different ways on how to do it.
In this blog posts I will teach you a simple technique that combines mindful meditation and aromatherapy to help you stay in the moment and to relax your body and mind.
Lets get started -
Aromatherapy has become extremely popular over the years and for good reason.
(For those of you who are not familiar with aromatherapy).
Aromatherapy essentially is the practice of using the natural oils (also called essential oils) extracted from flowers, bark, or other parts of a plant to enhance your mental, emotional and physical well-being.
Combined with mindful meditation, this technique gives you the time you need to be mindful and reconnect with yourself.
It allows you to have just a moment of happiness. To relax your mind and body and to disconnect from everyone and everything so that you can just focus on yourself and your needs.
Here’s how to get started:
Step 1 - Light an Aromatherapy Candle:
Lavender and cedarwood are one of the best essential oil combinations to use for meditation.
The beautiful flower smell of lavender combined with the cleansing scent of cedarwood creates a calming and emotionally grounding fragrance that will help you relax and unwind.
Other fragrances like; sandalwood, clary sage, frankincense, or eucalyptus also work very well. Each with its own list of benefits that it has to offer
Step 2 - Get into a Comfortable Position:
It is important that you get into a comfortable position when you meditate.
For me, I like to sit on the floor with my legs straight out and my back pushed up against my bed.
This works for me because it makes it easier for me to finish the rest of my morning routine.
It doesn’t really matter how you sit, just as long as you are comfortable
Step 3 - Mantra
Being present is a lot harder than you think because our minds are constantly racing.
This is why it helps to have a mantra to help bring your mind back to your practice.
For the best results, set aside just 5 minutes to practice the following technique.
Start by closing your eyes and focusing on your breathing. With every breath recite the following:
Breathe in “calm body” Breathe out “Smile”,
Breathe in “Dwelling in the present moment” Breathe out “I know this is a wonderful moment”
This is a technique I learned from Thich Nhat Hanh, one of the most influential spiritual leaders in the world today.
Combine this technique with the refreshing lavender candle and watch how the lavender and cedarwood work together to calm your mind and increase a sense of calmness and mental clarity.