Origin: a Latin derivative
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This episode Dawna Toews describes the benefits of meditation, how you can approach meditation as a beginner, as well as how you can incorporate essential oils and aromatherapy into your meditation routine.
Hello, everyone! My name is Dawna Toews from Raw Mama and I am honored to talk about this really important topic that has truly changed my life.
We're what we're going to talk about today is just why I think, unbeknownst to doTERRA, why they chose me to do this topic, and mostly it's because I never used to meditate whatsoever. And so if that's you you are in the right spot today.
I'm also going to talk about what meditation is, what it isn't, who needs meditation, and why I believe essential oils are vitally important to this practice and what it has done to change my practice in meditation. And finally, I'm going to take you through a guided meditation in the end.
Dawna’s Journey to Mediation
So first who am I and why am I talking about this? Well if you had asked any of my friends, they would probably be wondering the same thing. Before I began my meditation practice that I currently have, I was not even actually for meditation, and I really truly thought that it just was not good for me.
In fact, I became anxious just thinking about it and I know many of you out there may be feeling the same way. I'm like, Dawna I try to do this meditation thing, but I end up just feeling worse about myself and that I can't do it right. And you know that it just I want to get up and walk away, and that for sure was me.
And then I tried going to a group meditation thinking that's going to help me. And what it ended up doing was making me just want to run away because I'm seeing all of these people seemingly do this effortlessly and I'm looking around the room going, okay my thoughts they're just going crazy and I can't stop them.
And so, what ended up happening for me was a beautiful woman who recommended 3x3. And now this intrigued me because I didn't understand the 3x3. I thought meditation was something that you have to sit down in this you know straight backed posture and you have to sit there for an hour and let the mystics and the universe come and do whatever it's supposed to do. And so, 3x3, I thought well this is interesting.
What it ended up being was three minutes three times a day. And I felt well maybe I can do that. And what it does is it helps you throughout your day. You start three minutes in the morning, three minutes in the afternoon, three minutes in the evening.
And that made sense to me, because we wouldn't think, well I'm going to eat once in the morning and then I don't have to eat throughout the day. Well it's the same thing with our emotions. If you feel anxious in the morning that doesn't mean you're going to feel great at the end of the day and in the same way if you feel great in the morning it doesn't mean you're going to feel great at the end of the day. So, this is to me was a beautiful practice.
Redirecting the Mind
But my wheels were still turning, and I still couldn't get them to stop and I thought well this can't be what meditation is. And finally, what ended up helping me was these doTERRA essential oils and I'm going to talk about which ones helped me, but they've really changed my life because what it does is it helps me just stop the monkey mind from turning, turning, turning.
But what we'll talk about today is that the mind is doing what it's supposed to do and what I learned through my meditations is that you, we don't want to stop the mind. What we're doing is we're just redirecting it.
And as I began my meditation what I recognized was that it wasn't that my mind was spinning just because I was trying to meditate. It was that as I as I slowed my day, as I became quiet, I realized how much my thoughts and my mind were really in control. And it's only when I slowed down that I recognized this.
And so, the more I meditated and the more I just shifted my meditation, shifted my thoughts, I mean. It became really, a meditation practice as opposed to a meditation perfect because that's not what we're trying to go go for in our meditation.
What is Meditation?
And so let's talk about what meditation is a little bit more and what it isn't. The intention of meditation doesn't come from one person. It's not created by one individual, one mystic, or one guru, or one religion.
I believe that meditation is for human beings and a lot of the time we are human “doings.” And what meditation can help us do is just be. It can help us just pause. It can help us allow for the emotions that we have, who we truly are, and help us restore back to that perfection that we really are inside and the thoughts that we have on an everyday basis. And most of them are not even our own. And it is said that most of the thoughts, tens of thousands even sometimes, are negative and we just repeat them over and over and over in our day. So can you imagine the beautiful moments in our day where we can just try to move those thoughts into focus and it's just a practice.
You know when I do my meditation, I don't fault my mind for racing. I allow it. And I just say thank you. Thank you mind, that's what you're supposed to do. And now I'm just going to move over here and then my mind will race again. Thank you. Yeah, you're doing what you're supposed to, you're doing what you're designed to do. And now I'm just going to move over here. And it took away a lot of that anxiety inside of me where I'm like, “I'm still thinking oh my gosh how do I stop thinking?”
But I promise you that every time you say thank you and you move towards this place of pause and you just every time you refocus it is one step closer to a meditation practice for you that will take you through your days in a way that you move, not from your day to meditation but you move your meditation into your day and that to me is really my goal is to move meditation from sitting alone in the quiet of my home, in the mornings is when I do it, and I take that moment, I take that pause, I take that restoration and I move it through the rest of my day and I feel it. I feel that everywhere I go.
And I don't want us to say you know, I'm not going to walk because I don't want to be a speed walker or I'm not going to ever work out because I don't want to be an Olympian or a gymnast. You know we wouldn't want we wouldn't say that. And so, in the same way don't think of meditation as, well I don't want to be a mystic. I don't want to be a guru; I don't want to be somebody who practices this thing as a purpose in their life. And so therefore I'm not going to practice any meditation. We can just do this a little bit each day or we can do this a lot; it's up to you there's no right and there certainly is no wrong way to do meditation.
What Does Meditation Help Us Do?
And again, who needs meditation? Well, all of us. And what meditation helps us do? It helps us just to breathe slower. It helps us to breathe deeper.
And one thing that that I was just thinking about and came across was, you know, when we think of how many breaths per minute different species on the earth have. And dogs, they have about 24 at a resting and 35 at the most. And dogs live about 15-16, you know, depending on the dog and if you look at humans we breathe about 16 times a minute, and we live about on average give or take right, depending on gender and all the different variables that we live about 72 years. If you look at elephants, they breathe about 10 to 12 times a minute, they live about 86 years on average and then you look at the turtle and the turtle breathes about four times per minute and it lives up to upwards of 200 years.
And so you can see how important breathing is to us and most of us are walking around taking very shallow, short breaths and it's happened we take lots of different breaths, and what meditation can help us do is just to bring our breathing deeper and deep breathing can help with those endorphins, emotions, you know, those feel good hormones, it can help with it as a natural painkiller, promotes better blood flow. So, this is like energy, we're talking about all of these things and it helps us helps us also to be useful. So meditation is not just because you're stressed even though there's a lot of people walking around stressed, and this can really help with that in your everyday life.
Essential Oils for Meditation
Now which type of oils can help with that? Well there is no right or wrong oil. And I if I had a PowerPoint presentation, I would have a list of all of the different oils that people have used for their meditation practice. But today we're going to focus on about three of them and these are three of my favorite.
And the first one is the king of all oils and that's Frankincense. Now frankincense, it really promotes grounding, it promotes overall well-being and relaxation. And so, you can understand with those properties it would be perfect for your meditation practice.
The second one is Sandalwood. This one is really my all-time favorite oil for meditation because what I love about Sandalwood, and something that I just learned when I went on a sourcing trip with doTERRA, is that the oil from sandalwood that is extracted—the best oil happens when it goes to the injury of a tree and all of the oil pools to this one area of the tree and this is the part of the oil that on the part of the tree that we are extracting. And symbolically as you are in your meditation practice this can be used in tandem in partnership with your body. You don't even have to think about it, but what it's doing in the body is utilizing this tool. It's utilizing this oil to come into your body to do what the body needs to support itself is a beautiful symbolic awakening for us to know how powerful these oils are with meditation.
And finally, the third oil that I want to talk about today is Melissa. And now Melissa, the chemical constituents within this oil are powerful for relaxation, and it has soothing properties and you can understand how if you can have chemical constituents within a bottle like Melissa to promote well-being, to decrease the stress in our lives, why this would be amazing for, for your meditation practice.
And so, I'm going to talk about that when we get to our guided meditation. But we want to use this aromatically or we want to use this topically, so you can use us both ways. And what I do is I will take just a drop in my hand and I will breathe that in.
So before we move any further I want everyone, I would like to just invite you to a guided relaxation.
And so first I'm going to teach everyone a little bit how to breathe because again a lot of us we're not really breathing properly. And so, I want everyone to just close your eyes and put your hand right on your belly, and when you breathe in, I want you to breathe in through your nose. And when you breathe in your belly should actually come out and a lot of us when we breathe our shoulders rise. But this time I want you to breathe through your nose deeply and when you breathe in your belly should come out. And when you breathe out your belly should come back in. And if you have a hard time with this after this meditation practice, I want you to just go and lay down in your bed at night. Put some books on your belly and when you breathe in the books will rise and when you breathe out the books will fall.
So now I want you to take your favorite oil. And I want you to put a drop in your hand and I want you to breathe in like we just practiced, just gently in through your nose, and we're gonna do this together three times. So take a deep breath in with me and a deep breath out and one more deep breath in, deep breath out. And actually, one more deep breath in. And a deep breath out.
Now I want you to put one hand back on your belly and one hand on your heart. And I want you to visualize with me as you're breathing in, breathe in the oxygen to your heart. And just picture the oxygen filling up your heart.
And as you breathe out, I want you to feel the expression of your heart moving towards your body so we're just going to take a few breaths there. Breathe in feeling the oxygen into your heart. Breathe out. The expression of your heart towards your whole body. And again breath in. And breathe out and one last time. Breathing in and breathe out.
And with your hands still and your heart and your eyes closed and keep breathing as I as I'm talking. I want you to just feel, if you can feel your heartbeat. And just picture of the heart and how beautiful it's been to you. And how it continues to beat without us even thinking about it. And it's moving through all of the body and it has been protecting you all this time. It has been moving through your whole body all this time.
And now when you take a deep breath in, I want you to breathe love from your heart. And I want you to breathe out the expression of that love to wherever you need it in your body. Do you feel pain? Do you feel hurt? Maybe you feel loneliness today? Maybe you feel sad or angry? As you breathe into your heart and you breathe out, allow, along with the essential oils that you've just breathed in, the expression of the partnering of your body together. And take a few deep breaths in then out again. And take one last deep breath in deep breath out and wiggle your fingers and your toes and come back to the room.
And my hope for you is that if you would love to come back and find this meditation and take this with you and take this journey with you and find a meditation that suits you that works for you because there is no right or wrong way to do this. And use these essential oils, they have helped me so much in my focus, in my in my feelings of just being grounded and present and I hope that this has served you today. So, thank you.