Meditation is a state of thoughtless awareness. A time to slow down, rest your mind and thoughts, and achieve a true form of peacefulness. A time to focus on becoming more appreciative and attentive.
Benefits of Meditation
● Lowers blood pressure, heart rate, cortisol levels, anxiety, and stress.
● Improves blood circulation, feelings of well-being, and a sense of deeper relaxation.
Meditating allows you to experience true happiness as a result of the ultimate peacefulness you - hopefully - attain.
When to Meditate
The beauty of meditation is there are no set rules! Do what works for you. Find focused, attentive, and quiet time to yourself.
Morning: In the morning, your mind is clear. Achieving a peaceful state of mind, you can carry this clarity with you throughout the rest of your day.
Afternoon: Afternoon meditation relieves any tension built up during the day and helps mentally prepare you to tackle the rest of your day like the bada** you are!
Evening: Meditating in the evening can help you process your thoughts and experiences from the day and prepare you for a peaceful night’s sleep.
How long should you meditate? You tell us! Do whatever works best for you. Try starting your sessions at 2-3 minutes and working your way up to 10 minute sessions - maybe a little longer or maybe a little shorter - but ehh...who’s counting, right?
How to Meditate
1) Eliminate Distractions. Switch off your phone, computer, television, and anything else that may distract you.
2) Find a Quiet Corner. Choose a quiet place where you can have some ‘you’-time.
3) Loosen up! Before starting, stretch out a little bit! Flex those toes and release them, followed by the rest of your muscle groups.
4) Sit or Lie Comfortably. Whether you’re sitting or lying down, try to keep your back straight, as this facilitates the flow of energy through the centers along the spine.
5) Relax. Close your eyes and focus completely on relaxation.
6) Breathe. Focus your attention on breathing, while maintaining natural breaths.
7) Let it go! No, we don’t mean watch Frozen. Empty your mind and focus on being 100% peaceful and tranquil.
Incorporating Bare Oils
Whether using essential oils for aromatherapy or topical purposes, they have proven to help enhance meditation even more by bringing more oxygen to the brain, which increases alertness and focus.
Of course, we’re partial to using Bare Oils in these situations. So, here’s what we recommend:
Frankincense Bare Oils: Widely used for its spiritual qualities, Frankincense deepens the breathing, uplifts, and helps promote a calm and meditative state.
Rosemary Bare Oils: Its abilities to enhance concentration and alleviate mental fatigue go hand-in-hand with meditation. Rosemary is also energizing, warms the spirit, and promotes a sense of identity that greatly helps with the meditation process.
Vetiver Bare Oils: Vetiver encourages a sense of inner strength and its restorative properties help reconnect us to our roots. It is also grounding, which can be especially beneficial if you have a tendency to wander and lose focus during meditation.
So, if you find that your cup of namaste is running low, try some of these tips during your next meditation sesh. You’ll thank us.