Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit

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I borrowed the book Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit from a friend, because I wanted to learn more about the topic.  This is an excellent book and I found it to be enjoyable.

The book starts out with a little history and discusses how certain oils and herbs were used in ancient Oriental, Greek, and Roman civilizations.

There is also a basic explanation of Yin and Yang, as well as the five elements (Earth, Fire, Water, Wood, and Metal).  The book explains how those concepts are used in preparing and prescribing essential oils.

The book gives an overview of various types of plants, how they were used in the past, and how they can be beneficial to individuals today.

For Example:

  • Eucalyptus can be used to treat infections, enhances breathing, and increases oxygen in the red blood cells.
  • Frankincense promotes relaxation.
  • Ginger oil is a decongestant that improves confidence and morale.
  • Hyssop can boost the immune system and enhances courage.

 

Emotional Turmoil – Physical Exhaustion

The past few days were full of emotional turmoil.  I visited Mom, while she was at the hospital.  I saw her with oxygen tubes in her nose.  I saw her struggling to recover.  I worried about the prognosis and the seriousness of her medical conditions.  I knew she was suffering and I couldn’t do anything about it.

The emotional strain left me physically exhausted.  Each night I slept more than the night before, but I still woke up tired.  I tried not to focus on future possibilities and only deal with the daily issues.  However, I found my mind wondering into the unknowns of tomorrow.

My body and my brain seemed to be slowing down.  I would stare mindlessly into space and felt like there was an invisible force pushing against me, which prevented me from accomplishing as much as I should each day.

The emotional turmoil of the past few days caused physical exhaustion.  However, Mom is home now and I am hopeful that she will fully recover.

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The Orange Conference 2017 – Seven Habits of Emotionally Healthy Leaders

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During the Orange Conference, Craig Jutila lead a breakout session called, “Seven Habits of Emotionally Healthy Leaders.”

The presentation was interesting and funny at times.  I could relate to a lot of what Craig Jutila had to say, so I decide to share my notes on my blog.

Seven Habits of Emotionally Healthy Leaders by Craig Jutila:

  1.  Forgetfulness – Forget your past failures, forget negative comments, and forget your past successes
  2. Connectedness – Connect with people, connect with a champion that encourages you, connect with a friend that knows you and still loves you, and connect with a mentor that can speak truth into your life
  3. Allness – Be here now, be all here, and be present in the moment
  4. Lightheartedness – It’s ok to laugh and have fun
  5. Awareness – Be aware of your internal narrative, be socially aware, also be aware of the feelings, needs, behaviors, and concerns of other people
  6. Selectiveness – Be selective in what you do each day, because saying yes to the good things, may cause you to say no to the better things
  7. Adaptableness – Be willing to change and adapt, also shift your thinking from what will I lose to what will I gain

Make Rest a Priority

In Matthew 11:20-12:21, we learn Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath and he wants to offer rest for our weary souls.  All we need to do is follow Jesus.

Rest is often undervalued in our society.  There is so much to do at work, at school, and our options for entertainment are phenomenal.  Granted entertainment is fun, but it can also prevent us from getting the rest we need.

Jesus offers us spiritual rest.  We can trust in his acceptance and forgiveness.  He invites us to destress our souls and spend quite time with him in worship, prayer and meditation.  He wants to help us overcome our anxieties and our fears.

We know rest is important and we know the consequences of not getting enough rest.

  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Increased risk of disease
  • Decreased ability to function
  • Decreased ability to focus
  • Anxiety
  • Increased aggression

Make rest a priority in your life and you will notice the difference.

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Peace, Be Still (Matthew 8:23-27)

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Jesus and his disciples were in a boat.  A massive storm started to toss the boat about and the waves were crashing onto the boat.

The disciples were terrified and frantic.  They called out to Jesus, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” (ESV)

Jesus asked the disciples, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” (ESV)

Jesus calmed the storm and the disciples were amazed by his power.  In Mark 4:39, we learn Jesus calmed the storm and said, “Peace!  Be Still!” (ESV)

I wonder if those words were said not just to calm the storm, but also to calm the disciples.  Whenever you feel like you are about to drown and anxiety is overwhelming you, remember the words of Jesus, “Peace!  Be Still!” (ESV)