Being Mindful

Today is shaping up to be a productive day…a day to take care of loose ends, to begin large, complicated projects, to “take care of business”…the routine business of the day, and to be undaunted by the roadblocks and curve balls that life can sometimes bring. It is a day to be delighted by the care and concern of both strangers and friends. A day to appreciate the personalities that show in the communications I receive.

One woman who just reserved 10 days at my cottage outside of Sedona signed her email “Excitedly, Linda.” An attorney who is helping me with a persistent issue signed his email to me “keep your fingers crossed”. A relatively new aromatherapy student of mine said in an email today: “I am so VERY GRATEFUL to you and Barry for knowing of the spirit of the plants, hearing them, and including that aspect in your classes and work. I am so grateful I learned of these spirits from someone who believes in this too, so that it is not just chemistry and consumerism that was my first introduction to these guides nor filled my head.” A very long standing (you notice I did NOT say “old”) student of mine wrote with a very practical question, and when I replied, she wrote back “Thank you, beautiful Angel Audre.” These are the things that bring a smile to my face and touch my heart.

It is a day to notice nuances…and to appreciate them deeply. It is a day to notice appreciation…and bask in its warmth. It is a day to be mindful, and to realize how much more meaning mindfulness brings to our everyday exchanges.

I was discussing the concept of mindfulness with a student the other day. We discussed how Peppermint essential oil not only supports mental clarity, but how she also helps us to be mindful…to notice, to observe, to understand…in the deepest meaning of that word. Peppermint is often overlooked by people seeking spiritual expansion and development; she is not mentioned in the Bible (to my knowledge), nor has she an ancient lineage as a spiritual guide. But she brings us to a place of mindfulness amidst the busyness of our lives…she helps us to notice the small things, appreciate the nuances, get the big picture, discern patterns. Several drops (5-7) on the crown chakra should get the ball rolling!

Geranium essential oil contributes to mindfulness in her own way, as well. She gets us out of the rut of worry, indecision, second-guessing ourselves, and allows us to put our mind to good use instead of such “busy work”. She deepens our perception, helping us see with our heart as well as our mind. She brings all of our senses and all of our experiences to bear on each new experience, but she does it in such a subtle way that we just realize that we are seeing things a little differently, a little more clearly…and the answers seem to come much more easily. For this purpose, I would put her on the stomach or over the heart…5-7 drops should do it.

So, Geranium and Peppermint make wonderful companions when it comes to helping us to be more mindful of the interactions with people and the planet that we have, quite often, on an unconscious basis. Our words and actions, no matter how small, matter. And with the help of Geranium and Peppermint, they will matter even more.

Audre Gutierrez
Master Medicinal Aromatherapist
Shining Sun Aromatherapy

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