Essential Oils 101 – How to Apply Essential Oils for Health and Wellness | Wake Up World

Essential oils are used for a wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. They are usually administered by one of three methods: diffused aromatically, applied topically, or taken internally as dietary supplements. Today we will explain how to apply essential oils to derive health and wellness benefits, for those who are getting started on the EO journey. By Contributing Writer Gaye Levy with Rebecca Schiffhauer You can follow Gaye on Facebook via Backdoor Survival

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Seeds For Meditation ~ Increase Self-Compassion To Eliminate Procrastination In Your Life

 

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What causes us to procrastinate, and how can we change our relationship with this tricky habit? Self-compassion — kindness and understanding toward one’s self in response to pain or failure — may be the key to addressing procrastination and its cycle of negativity. A study by Fuschia M. Sirois of Bishop’s University in Canada found that people prone to procrastination had lower levels of self-compassion and higher levels of stress, which effectively looped back to increase the stress and further lower a person’s self-compassion. “Self-compassion is an adaptive practice that may…provide a buffer against negative reactions to self-relevant events,” writes Sirois. The implication is that by interrupting the loop between negative self-talk and procrastination, self-compassion may help us avoid the stress associated with procrastination, extricate ourselves from that downward spiral, and help us change our behavior for the better.

“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” ~ Carl Rogers

“You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of you love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere.” ~ The Buddha

Be Like Water …

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Picture a glass of water, folks …

We’re not going to ask you if its half full or half empty…but rather how much
does it weigh?

Before you wonder where were going with this, open your mind for just a
few moments….

It doesn’t matter how heavy the glass is – it’s how long you hold it for.

Holding it for a minute isn’t a problem.

After an hour, you’ll notice an ache in your arm.

If you’re holding it all day, your arm will become numb.

In each scenario the weight of the glass doesn’t change.

But the longer you hold it, the heavier it becomes.

Stress and worries in life work much the same way.

Think about them for a short while and nothing happens.

Look at them a bit longer they begin to hurt …

But if you feel constantly under the burden of stress, it can manifest in other ways…

Like a weaker immune system, lack of vitality, loss of wellbeing and happiness in
life, or depression and anxiety…

That’s why it’s important to remember to let go of your stresses, Friends, and to
focus your energy into positive pursuits that help both the mind and body flourish.

Aloha Ke Akua

SEEDS FOR MEDITATION …

lanai“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”  ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

It is the thirst of people for an easier life. But there is a trade-off between peace and convenience.

Experiment with such trade-offs between peace and convenience in your own life. What could be changed and what left alone to flower in its own way?

 

SEEDS FOR MEDITATION

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Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard.

Do you consider yourself creative?  Creativity is not found just in the chosen few who exhibit artistic talent. It is a force that flows through every single one of us, allowing us to dream things up and make them happen.  Creativity, in other words, is more than art, it’s a key that unlocks our basic goodness.

What story could you tell about yourself in three minutes that would significantly shift people’s views of you? Tell it to someone.

Awakening — Going Beyond The Horizon

It’s often believed that awakening will make us strong and confident, somehow immune to the vulnerabilities of being human. It’s believed that in awakening we are made “perfect”, that every word we say is a reflection of the utmost clarity, that every action is aligned with the highest frequency, that we have somehow transcended the fragility of human expression. But this is not so. What is more accurate, is that awakening has nothing to do with strength or confidence or perfection. It has everything to do with openness and honesty and innocence.
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The personality vehicle is always “flawed” in some way, it is bent into shape – and out of shape – by the particular storm that passes through our lives, the circumstances of our specific karma and conditioning. For some, this so-called storm is more like a gentle breeze, for others it is a hurricane of immense proportions. The expression of awakeness is inevitably filtered through this vehicle. What matters is not the vehicle itself, not even the perfection of the words spoken, but the capacity to be meet every nuance of the human experience in open discovery, in beginner’s mind and beginner’s heart .. and to be OK with this.
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Awakening brings an often excruciating sensitivity to all movement of energies, both inner and outer. This sensitivity is both a blessing and a burden. There is a sense of rawness, of nakedness, nowhere to hide, no defenses, no running away from the depths of what is. It’s also a transparency, a permeability, in which the personality becomes more fluid, unattached to opinions or ideas of how things should be. It is not the words that matter, but the emanation of light or presence that reveals itself through the spaces between words. Stability comes from inner silence, from the open emptiness of being. It’s like free-falling into the unknown. And it’s unavoidable once the flower of awakeness has revealed itself!

 

From This Day Forward, Be More Loving … but how?

Our ability to experience love has nothing to do with getting love from someone else. We don’t need to be good enough or gorgeous enough in order to make love a dominant part of our daily experience. We are the only person who is responsible for how much love we experience in our lives.

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So … take some time out today … each day … and get to know yourself a little better.  You might think you know everything about yourself, but chances are there are a lot of things about yourself that you have ignored or overlooked because they weren’t “important”.  Listen, and ask yourself how you are really feeling.  Get out some nice paper and a nice pen and share these real feelings, as if you were writing to a best friend.  Take this time to listen to yourself, and get used to the feeling.  Ask yourself:  what things are important to you that you are neglecting right now?

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Take action to show love to yourself by honoring something that is important to you, even if someone else might not approve or think you deserve what it is that’s important to you.

As you go through the day, stop to remind yourself that you deserve respect and admiration, just for no other reason than that you deserve love. Let your heart open, and enjoy the feeling. This feeling can become a constant companion, and it becomes something we can share with the world around us.

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Head into the difficult parts. Dive into the things that scare you. For inside the fear, there is wisdom. When you sit with it consciously, it will soften and often like a blossom, transforming into something entirely different. You would not suppose a cocoon held a butterfly if you didn’t know the life cycle of a caterpillar. You would not realize that fear holds within it understanding, if you did not see the Grace that is present in the evolution of all things. With the power of the Light Source flowing through you, fear will dissolve, blocks will dissolve. You will be left loving all, relating to all. The world will exist in your heart. It might have to grow a few sizes, but it will fit.

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