In earlier posts I shared some ways for physical self-care through boosting your immune system , cleansing with sea – salt and the importance of eating living food. Now here is a focus on self care for your environment.
Energy follows focus of attention which can be influenced by scent, sound, flavour, vision & feeling
With Feldenkrais I find the focus of attention to be upon the motivation point of action in functional movement while, Nonviolent Communication has been upon the motivation point of interpretation and interaction.
An important stimulant to one’s action that is often overlooked is the environment.
In Feldenkrais I teach my students that their soft tissue, muscles, etc., creates the environment for their bones.
In coaching I teach my students that their language & listening skills creates the environment for their relationships.
Reading the surroundings of ones lifestyle I teach my students its illusive effects on mental, emotional, spiritual and physical responses.
I have learned that ones focus of attention creates the intention for an action and that this includes unconscious and conscious stimulus. Recently I sent a gift set of essential oils to someone special to support their senses and to use for cleansing. Typically they are used in massage oils, aromatherapy blends and perfumes, however they can be used in body and environmental sprays.
The essential oil that is the most versatile for my use is lavender. The Romans named the plant after washing (lava is to wash). They used it as an antiseptic. I combine it with water to spray the environment for cleansing and I spray my head for clarity if I have too much mental heat from stress.
Other oils in the set that are effective are sweet orange, tea tree, eucalyptus, peppermint and lemon grass. They can also be added to a rinse for face or hair, to bath water and to a spray bottle with water to use as a spray or added to your existing products. Another way I enjoy using them is to put a few drops on a cotton ball to inhale or on a piece of lava or stone.
- Sweet orange is an ideal overall mood enhancer and relaxant. It has a balancing effect on the mind and body.
- Lemongrass kills germs and is used for cough, achy joints, fever, the common cold, and exhaustion. It can be also used as a mild astringent
- Peppermint has anti-microbial properties and is us used as a cleaning solvent to sanitize and deodorize the environment. As a disinfectant it can eliminate bugs in the home and acts as an effective insect repellent.
- Tea Tree has antiseptic qualities and can be used for sanitizing hands.
- Eucalyptus supports the respiratory system and soothes physical discomforts. It is anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and a decongestant.
Once you add essential oil to your environment pause and notice any changes. Specifically in how you feel.
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