Keys, handbag, phone, water bottle, favourite pen, journal ~ oh and what oil do I need today?
You have those light bulb conversations sometimes and I really did with a girlfriend of mine and how we talked about oils being a layer of protection that we need to wear and different days require different levels of protection. Honestly, I would say like most people I started the love of oils with Lavender and trying to relax or a citrus one to make my house smell lovely but I really did not know the power that they had and what it looked like to use them for that protection and self-care on a daily basis.
At my desk, I have a beautiful blend called '4 Love' the closest members of my team know when they start getting fired up and annoyed with something then I am opening the oil rubbing it on my palms, then rub my palms together and then take in the smell and swish it around my face and body. It is a reminder that I need to pause, listen with love and respond with love. I had done it so many times that they started to ask what the hell is that? I would take their hand and rub a little on their palm and mimic the action that they needed to do. This was so damn effective (disclaimer here ~ you really do need those friends you have built trust with, you just can't go doing this to anyone in the office) as it made them stop, pause and breathe if nothing else this is a very effective mindfulness tool. This always changes the conversation and it heads into a different direction. Yes!!!!
I truly love smells, I love when I walk past a well-dressed man and the smell of his aftershave or when I walk past someone when exercising and the sweet smell of freshly sprayed deodorant. So many others smells, baking reminds me of my mum and weirdly cigar smoke reminds me of my Pop! I know smell is a wonderful thing, creates a little happy and also brings wonderful memories for me. So to me, it makes total sense that smell can evoke so many other things for me and react to different areas in my brain.
I am so in love with this idea and it was when I met Anna from Aromatics for the Wellbeing (what a lady and fellow Pisces), she can read me and look at what I need, like do I need to release something or do I need love right now and from that she can create the most amazing blends.
I have this huge Queenslander and in many of my rooms I have a diffuser, people that come to the house say they can smell my house when they hit my front gate! It creates my beautiful space and not only has an effect on me but everyone that enters that space. This practice is powerful.
I can go back as far as my daughters birth - her Dad a total hippy together we wrote out a birthing plan, we wanted soft light with lamps, music playing, and an oil burner to create a beautiful smell all together this created a space I wanted my baby to enter into. I did not realise the effect it had on everyone around me. The rush of nurses as they hit the door dramatically slowed down an entirely different approach towards this space. It has an effect and a wonderful one.
I have oils that inspire me for when I am writing, soothe me for those low vibe days, oils for protection and for grounding they have been blended with the intention to help particular moods, crisis, health issues. I do have a bowl at my back door where I grab a roll on of oil that I wear that day and have in my handbag which I use when I feel the need. I like to think of this as my protection bubble and I have this crazy little ritual which by the way I love to ensure my bubble is protected with the oil and I am feeling well.
I also use them in my bathtub, I do like to soak away concerns and also drum up some new ideas in the tub. Anna has done up some great little bottles called ‘stillness’ and ‘going deep’ I can tell you they have pretty much glued me to the bath and I do my best relaxation and thinking using these oils.
I wish I could explain all the effects and sound like a brilliant scholar but let me give you a little bit of Kylie speak. With everything that I do I am chasing the feeling of happy, I am learning to live with all the opposite energy to happy but it is happy that I am chasing! What this feels like, when I am in this state I do so many better things, I am the best version of me! I do my work well, I create space for others, I create great energy and let's face it a happy me is so much better than an unhappy me. So just like with so many other actions I do oils are a foundation that can create that for me. It is a mental cue and using all my senses that evoke that. It is a practice to remember to Stop, pause, breathe, take in that smell and then RESPOND.
I want you to be happy in your career; with my workshops we can tackle any issues that stop you from reaching that. You won't need a sea change but love who you are and what you do.