Can Meditation Get Any Easier?
Introducing essential oils into meditation time
Saturday night I hosted a meetup group at my house. I have been going once a month for about 3 months to a meditation group through meetup. The group was in need of a meeting place so I offered my home. Over 30 people came over for our 3 hours meditation/sharing time.
Su is a great teacher and leader of the group and I always learn something about being still and meditation every time we meet. We had our beginning meditation as usual which is great to remind us where we are and consciously where we want to go. The theme Saturday was living with your passion and purpose. After our atonement meditation, we shared our passion or purpose with the group. Over 30 people were in attendance and opened up with their personal experiences. Normally the meetup is 3 hours however, this night there were 10 of us that stayed up to 7 hours.
Why did we last so long? After we shared each of our passions and purposes (2 hours) we had a closing meditation. Some people had to go after our snack break but during our closing meditation I shared two essential oils based on the feedback of the group from our sharing time. I brought out essential oil blends Motivation and Magnify Your Purpose. I asked the group if it was okay to talk about the benefits of smelling and incorporate them into our closing meditation. All overwhelming were accepting of the oils and wanted to learn more about oils and meditation.
How Do You Use Essential Oils In Meditation?
I asked each person to pick one of the two oils without looking at the name of the oil based on smell. Then add 1-2 drops in non-dominant hand and rub with other hand several times clockwise with both hands to activate the oil properties. To best way to get the most of the oil during meditation is to cup over both hands over the nose and inhale. You stimulate the pituitary gland which stimulates the brain. The pituitary and hypothalamus glands are only activated through smell. Amazing! Everyone had a great positive experience in achieving a more relaxed, faster way to clear your mind into meditation.
Why is the Pituitary/Hypothalamus so Important?
This is one of the reasons how essential oils have changed my life
The pituitary gland is often referred to as the “master gland” of the body, since it regulates many activities of other endocrine glands. Located above the pituitary gland is the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus decides which hormones the pituitary should release by sending it either hormonal or electrical messages.
The pituitary gland releases the following hormones (response to hormonal messages from the hypothalamus) :
- GH (growth hormone) – increases size of muscle and bone
- THS (thyroid stimulating hormone) – stimulates the thyroid gland to release T3 and T4 to stimulate metabolism in other cells throughout the body
- FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) – stimulates ovarian follicle production in women; stimulates sperm production in men
- LH (luteinizing hormone) – stimulates ovaries to produce estrogen in women; stimulates sperm production in men
- Prolactin – stimulates breast tissue in nursing mothers to produce milk
- ACTH (adrenocorticotropic hormone) – causes the adrenal glands to produce important substances that have properties similar to steroids
The pituitary gland releases the following hormones (from the response of the electrical messages from the hypothalamus):
- ADH (antidiuretic hormone) – stimulates the kidneys to reabsorb fluid and produce less urine
- Oxytocin – initiates labor, uterine contractions and milk ejection in mothers