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Elephants, Chakras and Silence

 

I love this picture! That’s probably because I love elephants, studying about the Chakras, essential oils and LOTS of color.

Lately I’ve been feeling like I have more that I need to share. There are people out there that are searching for “something” and sometimes they don’t even know what that “something” is. Maybe they are just feeling a little out of sync. Not quite connected with who they are and their purpose. Do you ever have days, weeks, or months like that? Maybe it’s even years of feeling like “something” is just missing in your life. I’m suggesting that you honor that and move in a direction that will help you feel joy, inspiration and fulfillment. There are people out there that may need to hear from you. If we stay in our shell, then how can we share the light and gifts that we’ve been given? I believe we all have a sacred duty to fulfill our purpose on this earth and first of all we need to find out what that purpose it. That may take time and maybe we just need to settle in and be still. Listen to that inner voice. Overtime you will be directed to what it is you are supposed to do.

When you think about the word Meditation, does that sound to you like “What??? I need to sit still for 5, 10, or even 20 minutes? Life is just too busy for that! Too many places to be, too many people to see, just too much to do!” Or is more of a peaceful presence that resonates with you. If the later is not the case, I would suggest searching online for a simple meditation practice that might fit into your life. What have you got to loose? Some people prefer a guided meditation. Others prefer silence or the repetition of a sound or mantra.

Do you trust that you will provided what you need? Think about taking a few moments to just sit and be still. Breathe. Inhale, pause, exhale. Repeat. Trust that with silence your mind may be open to hear what it is that you need today. Maybe you need to serve someone else. Could even be a family member. But how will you know if you don’t stop and take the time to listen? Once this becomes a routine, your mind, body and soul will thank you.

Let me close by suggesting a few essential oils that you may want to include in your meditation, or stillness, practice. Place a drop or two over the corresponding area or putting a few drops in the palm of your hand, rubbing together and breathe in.

Namaste.

Root chakra – I am –  Vetiver, Sandalwood, Frankincense, Cedarwood

Sacral chakra – I feel – Wild Orange, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang, Clary Sage

Solar Plexus chakra – I do – Lemon, Juniper Berry, Grapefruit, Cedarwood

Heart chakra – Melissa, Geranium, Bergamot, Jasmine, Rose

Throat chakra – I speak – Bergamot, Peppermint, Basil, Chamomile

Brow/Third Eye chakra – I see –  Sandalwood, Clary Sage, Rose, Frankincense

Crown chakra – I understand – Lavender, Jasmine,  Sandalwood, Frankincense

Morning Rituals – what are they really about?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you have a morning ritual?  I read a great article today titled  “7 Morning Rituals to Make your Day 8 Times More Productive.”  

Right off the bat I liked the article because it quoted one of my favorite authors. The quote was “You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine. ” — John C. Maxwell. 

This article had some great ideas – some of which I’ve incorporated and some of which I’m still working on. For instance, I’m getting better at meditation and listening to affirmations.  Someone recently told me about an app called “ThinkUp.” It allows you to record affirmations in your own voice with background music.  It’s supposed to be more effective when we hear our own voice. They even suggest affirmations and then you can just choose the ones you like (or make up your own) and read them while you are recording. Simple and easy. I like that.

I’m also getting better at meditating. I understand now it doesn’t have to be a long process. It doesn’t even have to be at the same place and at the same time each day. But since we are talking about “Morning Rituals” here, meditating is a terrific way to begin your day.  There are so many benefits. If you are one that needs the science behind what makes it work, plenty can be found. The point is ~ just do it!

Exercise. We all know it’s good for us. We just need to do it. Even 10 minutes will benefit you. Walk, run, swim, go to the gym, dance in your living room. It doesn’t matter ~ just do something to get yourself moving. If you can incorporate it into your morning ritual, that much better!

Gratitude. I loved the idea in the above article that suggests we take a few moments to acknowledge some positive things that have happened to us. This doesn’t have to be a long list. Just two or three will do. However, if you are like me, once I begin, the list just seems to grow. Sometimes at night if I have a hard time falling asleep, instead of counting sheep, I will count my many blessings! There’s never a right or wrong time to be grateful.

So, what are morning rituals really about? And why do they matter? It’s about what works for you. I’ve given you some suggestions but you get to choose. Do what makes you happy. Once you begin you will see that they’ll make a difference in your day. When you begin to practice a regular morning ritual, you will then not only make a difference in one day, but you’ll begin to make a difference in your week, then your month, and before you know it your year! You deserve  it. Here’s to having the best year ever!

 

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If I can do it, so can you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I know I need to meditate. I know it’s good for you. I just don’t do it as often as I know I should. If you are like me, I get up, get going for the day and sometimes the stuff that I really should be doing  (meditation, exercise, personal development) gets pushed to the side. I tell myself that “I’ll get to it in a few minutes” and, well,  that never happens! A few friends have told me about this free app that they like. It’s called “Calm.”  The other day I thought about it again and decided to download it right then. I listened to the first meditation and then I actually set a reminder on my phone so that each morning I get a little message that says “Time to mediate.” It’s that simple reminder that really gets me to do it.

The above picture showed up on my phone when my meditation was complete. I like it. I agree with it. Sometimes we really do just need to leap. What are you wanting to do that your indecision is just stopping you from? I say “Go for it!” What have you got to loose? Think of all that you can accomplish. You can do it! It’ll be worth it and you may even change some lives, including your own.

 

Be careful what essential oils you use when you go out in the sun!

 

 

 

 

 

Summer is all about fun in the sun with your family. Essential oils play a big part in the health of my family so I always want to make sure that I am using them in a way that will be beneficial and not hurt my kids. That’s why I am so happy that dōTERRA has published several articles about safety when using essential oils. Today’s article is featuring Summer Essential Oil Safety that can help keep your family and friends protected while being in the great outdoors. Check out this great article on the dōTERRA Blog: https://doterra.com/US/en/blog/healthy-living-summer-essential-oil-safety.

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Bugs away!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking forward to some time outdoors? I love to go hiking, camping, swimming, walking on the beach, you name it. Someone once told me I run on solar power. I think she’s right on!  Because we are outdoors a lot during this time of year, we are often reaching for something to keep the bugs away.  I try to be educated on the products our family uses because I know so many products include toxins that are scary and can really prove to be dangerous.

TerraShield is one of my family’s favorite blends for the summer. Because we do spend a lot of time outside, this is the magic that wards off any insects that want to join our summer festivities. This oil is safe for everyone in your family and can even help your garden flourish by giving it a protective barrier. TerraShield has recently been updated to include Tamanu oil which not only provides extra benefits for your use but is positively impacting families in Madagascar through dōTERRA’s Cō-Impact Sourcing. This blend can be diffused (I would suggest the 15ml bottle)  or applied topically (using the TerraShield Spray) to provide a defense against the annoyances of outdoor activities. Click here to read more about the spray. What natural products have you used to keep those bugs away?

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DIY Sunburn Spray

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So our son and his girlfriend went kayaking a couple of weeks ago. Check out his back where she put some sunscreen on her hand and then just set her hand on his back. Crazy but at least we know the sunscreen works!

When our son got home, he immediately asked where our homemade Sunburn Spray was. We’d used it all up last year so Wade quickly made up another batch. We were so glad we had something that he could use to take the heat off! It made him feel so much better and look at the results the next morning! This recipe takes just minutes to make and gave some much needed relief.

 

Balance in Life

 

I was on a walk today with my dog, Lucky. It’s nice the weather is warmer and I get to do this again. As I was walking I got to thinking…how much balance do I have in my life? Some time ago I realized that I hadn’t allowed myself to be balanced. Our tagline for Blogging Barefoot is BALANCE ~ WELLNESS ~ ESSENTIAL OILS. Balance is a key part of that and I was singing to the choir yet not practicing what I preached! I love what I do for my “work.” I love sharing about essential oils. I also love teaching and training people on how to grow a successful business with these wonderful products. Yet, somehow, I had let my work get ahold of me and take all my time.

I think part of it comes from the accessibility of social media and how easy it is to get caught up on our computers, tablets, cell phones or whatever. My life had become all about my work and I didn’t take time for anything else. I realized I needed some more “me” time. So then I found a new hobby ~ photography. I really enjoy taking photos and love the instant gratification I get when I take what I think is a great photo.  I can see it right before my eyes and get instant gratification. Isn’t that what our society is all about now? Hate to say it, but I think so.

I loved getting away with my camera and then that’s all I wanted to do! I wanted to play, have fun, not be behind my computer or on the phone all day. Where was the balance in that? Over time it became clear to me that there wasn’t any. I’d found something I loved to do but yet I still needed and wanted to support those I was working with. How do we make this all happen?

Enter Balance! Yes, the oil helps. I love to diffuse it. I love to put a couple of drops in the palms of my hand, rub them together and inhale. I love to rub the oil on the bottoms of my feet. Really rub it in. It works better that way! But there’s more to it than just using an essential oil.

Make a conscious decision to have balance in your life. You don’t want to become overwhelmed, stressed or unhappy. Take time for the things you love and enjoy. If you don’t take some time now, you may miss out. Your body will let you know you need some balance if you don’t listen.  I choose to take some needed time to play and have fun. Had I done this earlier, I would’ve had a lot more enjoyable days and a lot less stress. You are worth it! Now go out, have some fun and remember to have Balance! You deserve it.

Switch up your mood by diffusing essential oils!

Diffusing essential oils can be very beneficial in our homes, work spaces and other areas where we spend a good deal of time. They are known to clean our air, effect our emotions and can even boost our immune system. Depending on the mood you are looking for can help you decide what essential oil to diffuse. I work from home and sometimes I need a pick me up so I will grab a citrus oil like Grapefruit, Lemon, Tangerine or even a mixture of several oils. Some of my favorite blends to diffuse are dōTERRA’s Citrus Bliss or Motivate.

At night I choose something more calming like dōTERRA’s Serenity. My husband loves to diffuse Cedarwood and Lavender together.  He will put a couple of drops of each on the bottoms of his feet, get the diffuser going and he’s down for the count! It’s so wonderful that on those nights when it seems our minds just won’t shut off that we have a natural solution. No running to the store for us to get something to help.

Make sure that you choose quality essential oils so that you are not releasing toxins into your environment. For years people have used scented candles, aerosols and now plug-in air fresheners to make their homes smell better. The trouble with these lies in the fragrances and materials used.  To find out more about the possible hazards of using synthetic air freshners in our homes, check out this article published in 2014:  https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/could-using-air-fresheners-during-pregnancy-boost-childhood-asthma-risk/

Melaleuca

Melaleuca, also known as Tea Tree oil, is one of my favorite doTERRA essential oils because it is versatile and has a range of applications. One of the things I love most about Melaleuca is its benefits for the skin and hair. Sometimes I put a drop or two of Melaleuca into my moisturizer, or even directly on my face after washing to reap the benefits of this purifying, toning essential oil. I also like to place a few drops of Melaleuca in my shampoo, or give myself a scalp massage with Melaleuca and Coconut Oil.

Melaleuca also promotes a healthy immune function and helps to protect us against environmental and seasonal threats. When I feel I need extra support, I make a capsule with a couple of drops each of Melaleuca, Oregano (or Thyme), OnGuard and Lemon. Works like a charm!

To learn more about Melaleuca oil, how to use it, where it comes from, the chemistry of the oil, and more, check out this article on the doTERRA product blog: Melaleuca

Essential oil science

 

 

 

We are so lucky to have Dr. Hill as one of our executives! Essential oils became much less confusing and more useable as soon as I learned more about their chemistry. I really enjoyed reading this article because, in my own experience, I knew the essential oils were working for me, but I wasn’t sure why or how. I am the sort of person that needs to know the ‘why’. Learning more about the chemistry can seem daunting which is why I love how Dr. Hill breaks it down for us. He gives an easy to understand explanation of the science behind how and why these drops can do so much for our wellness. What other resources have you found that help you understand the ‘why’ behind your favorite oils?

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