This post is my fourth installment from my series Grief and Essential Oils. The topic for today’s post is becoming more present and finding joy and gratitude in the present moment.
Staying present takes work. It’s not easy. In fact, it’s much easier to float back to memories that can often take us to the dark side of grief. As griever’s we spend a great deal of time early on the journey remembering our loved ones and missing them with our broken hearts. We spend time in the multiple stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Remember that we all experience this journey differently. Sometimes, we spend time in one or more of the stages longer than others. That is ok. It’s normal. What we must try not to do is spend too long in one and not moving forward.
One of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned is how to become present in my life. When I connect with the present, I find I can look around and see many reasons to be grateful. That can be a big pill to swallow when you are grieving the loss of a child or loved one. If someone mentioned gratitude to me in the early days, I would have thought they had lost their mind. But for those of us who are what I call “seasoned grievers”, we can accept and when we are present, can find gratitude. Gratitude is the air that fills our lungs and allows us to experience the miracle of life. Gratitude experiencing the love of others in our lives. Finding gratitude in the simplest of things can be the start of finding joy again.
The fragrance of Present Time™ can be used aromatically to bring you into the present moment and create an atmosphere of empowerment.
I like to apply Present Time™ when I feel the need to be present in a particular moment. For example, preparing to write this blog post; or attending a conference call. There are many times when we need to be present for ourselves, our loved ones and Present Time can be a great tool to help you be more present.
When diffused, Present Time™ helps you focus on the here and now, so you can get beyond the past and move forward.
How to use Present Time™:
Topical:Apply 2-4 drops directly to desired area. Dilution is not required, except for the most sensitive skin. Use as needed.
Aromatic:Diffuse up to 30 minutes 3 times daily. You may also use one drop on your hands and create a cup from your hands and bring to your face to breathe in to help connect with your inner self.
Caution: Keep out of reach of children. For external use only. Keep away from eyes and mucous membranes. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult a health professional prior to use. Avoid direct sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after applying product.
When you begin to incorporate essential oils every day you will notice subtle changes in your thoughts and emotions. Becoming present can help you move along your grief journey and find moments of joy and gratitude again. It takes time, practice and lots of patience, but with consistent application of meditation, essential oils and journaling, you’ll begin to experience more frequent moments of joy and gratitude.
Until next time,