Have you ever been to a mindfulness class, felt completely at peace for a few hours, but then forgotten to continue with your practice the moment you step back into your ‘real life’?
Do you often feel stressed out, finding it difficult to concentrate on the task at hand, jumping from thought to thought?
Now, a powerful new tool could be a game changer for helping us to remember to practice mindfulness at home, and for finding that instant calm!
Aromatherapy is where we harness the healing properties of plants and use their extracts to create plant oils, otherwise known as essential oils. Those oils are used to enhance our mind, body and spirit as they work on our physical and emotional health.
We can find essential oils in body lotions, diffusers, sprays, bath salts and beauty products and they are a wonderful natural fragrance for those who are seeking a natural alternative to perfumes.
Benefits Of Aromatherapy
Experts believe that aromatherapy activates your smell receptors, sending messages to your brain which can help to alleviate stress, improve sleep quality, ease anxiety, boost relation, and alter your mood.
While aromatherapy may work differently on different people, it’s benefits can be great.
For those new to Aromatherapy, it may fall into the ‘woo woo’ bucket or a mix of really pungent herbaceous smells. At my meditation and mindfulness studio Mirosuna, I’m really trying to change this myth and provide people with a more pleasant experience when experiencing aromatherapy and essential oils for the first time.
How Aromatherapy Relates To Mindfulness?
Firstly, there is so much misinformation on what exactly mindfulness means. For many of us, the term ‘mindfulness’ conjures images of fluffy pillows, scented candles, and a group of people sitting cross-legged and chanting ‘ommm’.
But, for me, mindfulness is simply becoming aware of your mind, body and speech, and staying present in the current moment.
It’s not thinking about what on earth you’re going to cook for tomorrow night’s dinner, or beating yourself up for not making it to the gym, but remaining in the current moment.
But, with everything going on at this time of year, hands up if you sometimes forget to even stop, take a pause and remember to practice mindfulness?
Mindfulness And The Power Of Scent
As a Mindfulness and Meditation Practitioner, I lost count of the number of people who would come to a mindfulness class, feel amazing, but then tell me that they would simply forget to continue their practice when they returned home!
It is such a great effort for people to make it to a mindfulness class and learn the teachings from it. However, despite ones’ best effort, it is easy to forget the practice in between class as we get busy and go on with our day to day. We can change that.
I wanted to create something that served as a daily reminder, and I know that scent is an incredibly powerful trigger.
Let’s face it, the smell of the ocean can trigger a memory of us walking along the beach as a child, or the delicious scent of freshly baked-bread can trigger a memory of that time when we visited a café in Paris many years ago!
So, I created a range of Mirosuna essential oils so that every time my meditation and mindfulness clients inhaled the scent, it reminded them of their practice.
Essential oils are also incredibly relaxing, so they’re a fast way of feeling instantly calm, even whilst at work, sitting in the car, or when out in public.
Simply by rolling or massaging essential oils, that are aligned to your practice, onto your wrists, neck, chest, body and temples, then taking a deep inhale while closing down your eyes… you may find that moment of peace in your day to reconnect with yourself and your practice.
By doing this, we can create our own little multisensory take-home experience no matter where you are.
What scent triggers the most powerful memory in you, and would this be useful in helping you remember to pause and practice mindfulness?
About The Author
Sally Kellett is a professional meditation teacher, certified sound meditation practitioner and founder of Mirosuna. Offering a range of sound meditation, movement and mindfulness classes without the ‘woo’ in a stunning architectural-designed space by boutique architect Melanie Beynon, Mirosuna is a one-stop wellness hub that effortlessly blends style and comfort.
After experiencing the real, tangible benefits of mindfulness herself without giving up hours of her day to meditate, along with studying mindfulness both in Australia and internationally, Sally now teaches others how to bring meditation and mindfulness into their own lives so they see the benefits long after they finish their meditation class.
Mirosuna’s Essential Oils have been developed in collaboration with a chemist, are all natural, free of nasties and Vegan-certified. Along with their unique essential oil combinations, each blend is weaved into a camellia oil base – an ancient skincare elixir that’s been used in Japan for centuries and highly regarded for its moisturising properties.
They can be purchased online at Mirosuna.com/store.
If you are based in Melbourne Australia, you can also try them out at Mirosuna’s South Melbourne studio or even experience them in a class, as aromatherapy is incorporated into each of Mirosuna’s experiences.