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The Power of Scent

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Fall is approaching, and it seems like pumpkin spice everything is out in the stores. You can’t pass a store without smelling a whiff of that spicy and comforting scent. 

What do you think of when you smell this autumn tradition? Does it make you think of your childhood and your grandma’s pies baking in the oven? Maybe you feel calmer and a bit happier. Scents can be powerful gateways to memories and emotions.

That’s where aromatherapy comes in and it can be a key to promoting health and well-being. Aromatherapy, or essential oil therapy, uses oils to improve both physical and emotional health. Recently, this treatment is gaining more legitimacy in the medical community.

Human beings have been using aromatherapy for thousands of years. Ancient societies utilized fragrant plants in oils and balms. And various cultures have long understood the benefits of botanicals in their medicines.

Today aromatherapy is a technique that many people use to find balance in their lives. Essential oils can be beneficial with merely scents coming from a candle or a diffuser, or oils can be used topically and applied to certain points on the body.

When we breathe in the various scents of essential oils, the limbic system in our brain, which controls emotions, kicks in. The smells also activate our central nervous system. Different scents offer us various benefits. Some can boost our mood, reduce anxiety, help with relaxation, relieve pain, or help us concentrate.

I’ve worked with aromatherapy for years and use it with my clients to help them feel less stressed and increase their happiness. At my next breathwork retreat in Agua Dulce, CA, I will teach participants on the benefits of essential oils and how to insert them into their daily lives to reap the most benefits.

If you register for this transformational retreat before September 27th, you will save $200 with my early bird special. I hope you will join me! Register today!: https://journeystoheal.com/retreat/breathwork/

Being in the Now

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You hear the word “Mindfulness” all the time, but what exactly does it mean and how can it help you?

Thich Nhat Hanh said that mindfulness “is what brings us back in touch with what’s happening in the present moment in our body, in our feelings, in our thinking, and also in our environment.”

Mindfulness allows us to live in the present moment, fully aware of what is going on in our bodies, our minds, and the physical space in which we presently exist.

We spend the majority of our days rushing from one thing to another, crossing item after item off our to-do list, barely stopping to breathe or take a minute to really think about what we are doing or how we are feeling.

When we practice mindfulness in our daily lives, it allows us to really feel the moment and get in touch with who we are.

Connecting with your heart and soul on a deep level can be the first step in changing your life into something that is meaningful, not only to you but to everyone you come in contact with. Personal mindfulness creates a ripple effect that leads to global mindfulness, but it all starts with you.

You have the power to not only change yourself, but the world as well. But, to be that change, you have to take the first step.

When was the last time you took time for yourself? To sit and be mindful in that moment? To feel every breath in your body? To smell the scent in the air and listen to the sounds of nature?

We all need to take some time away from our daily grind, to spend time getting reacquainted with our deepest self, the self that is hidden in our daily lives under all the different hats we wear.

If you’re ready to disconnect from the stress of your daily life and find the time to reconnect with your true self, join me at my next retreat on the magical Island of Holbox. The soulful, relaxing retreat can be just the first step in your journey of mindfulness.