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Hello, how is your new moon self kindness ritual going? I trust you are in great health and happiness.
Over these last 14 days, I have been documenting what I have be practicing, #BeKind to to myself! It is an interesting practice to journal self kindness rituals for Mind, Body and Soul and direct it solely towards yourself. Mindfully being aware of subtle and gross practices and the differences as well as similarities and the benefits thereof. The more we focus on something with a pure intention, the more the knowledge comes and we develop a higher level of understanding and consciousness towards a specific practice.
Each morning, we write one word which starts with “re” on our New Moon Ritual Board. It is a board, in the kitchen we drew up which helps us with our practice. It keeps us motivated, inspired, excited and focused on the ritual. On the board we have also written up three spaces for Mind, Body and Soul and have been writing up what practices we are embracing in the various sections!
What section do you think we are focusing more on!? I’d love to hear what is coming up for you too!
I’d invite you to keep on going until the next new moon which is on the 21st June 2020 or if you haven’t started, I’d invite you to start from this now, waning phases of the moon, til the next new moon as it wanes towards the solstice.
This coming new moon is an auspicious one as it falls on the solstice, the 21st June 2020!
Good luck with the next 14 days and enjoy experiencing and practicing being kind to yourself!
With love, Caron
Today is New Moon.
Start the new cycle with sincere intentions of kindness towards your Mind, Body and Soul.
Journal for the next 28 days, what you are doing for your Mind, Body and Soul!
#BeKind to yourself and others.
Inspired by Mental Health Awareness Week.
Meditation for Inner Centering— An evening ritual pre bed time.
Begin this meditation in the evening, just before sleep time.
I have written this meditation practice, with the intention to calm the body especially the mind before sleep and we enter into our dream state of consciousness.
Meditation helps the brain recover, as it is tonified, releasing the day’s thoughts and the body’s anxieties.
As we allow the different koshas/layers of the body to let go, we move deeper into a relaxed state of consciousness.
We arrive and enter into a calmer state of being.
Tap into the body’s pure potential. Our authenticity.
As we become disciplined in practice, we build our concentration-of our mind- using specific tools. This is discipline, and the practice thereof. It becomes easier and quicker to come into a meditative state with practice. So keep it up!
~This evening’s meditation is to build the connection of our Inner Centre.
Do nothing else, but to create a sacred space around yourself.
Bringing yourself towards yourself. Reining yourself in.
Perhaps creating a circular space for yourself, and make it as comfortable as you can.
Have a clear intention for your practice.
Tonight we meditate on our Inner Centering.
- Find a space to sit and practice your meditation.
- Anatomical alignment – equal weight distributed through the body, how we sit is important so become comfortable.
- Midline of the body is the centre of the body, the anterior aspect of the spine from crown of the cranium, to base of the spine.
- Sushumna main nadi or energy line, inside the vertebral column, where the chakras cross as well as the gruntis are found.
- Allow this line, to be a fulcrum from which we centre ourselves this evening.
Mindful awareness to aid concentration, bow, offering, honour the space, become spacious in your mind, contain yourself, in order to become focused, centered and disciplined in thought.
Open to the peaceful, calm energy, to the sacred space within, to build the unconscious and conscious thoughts as well as intuition and then, release them.
Ground your energy to the ground, align and tune into the astral plane.
Inner transformation brings inner peace, clarity and calm.
Allow this fulcrum of the inner centre of the body, to be a point for the mind and body to come together and release.
Keep releasing anything that presents.
Keep allowing the mind to find space and thereby slowing thoughts down.
Inner liberation. The body is now ready for sleep.
Become more aware of your inner centre from this space, slowly move to your bed for a good night’s sleep.~CL
Lavender plant and essential oil
Firstly, I’d say if you need just one essential oil at home, it should be Lavender.
Lavender is associated with beautiful purple aromatic flowers, growing in almost every garden lover’s garden. Often when people smell Lavender they say it reminds them of their Grand Mother!
However, there is so much more to Lavender!!
The Latin root word for Lavender is Lavare which means to wash or clean.
Lavender is the go to oil when you open your first aid box/cabinet. It is the first aid essential oil and the essential oil that should be at hand, in all homes.
Lavender is grown around the world now, and loves the sunshine but can thrive in most climates. It is an evergreen shrub, with narrow greying leaves, with small white/purple/blue flowers and belongs to the plant family of Lamiaceae. The flowering tops are used in distillation to obtain the essential oil. There are over 50 species and hybrids of Lavender. The most common used flower for essential oil is, Lavandula angustifolia. It is important to know the latin name of the oil being used, so you are able to identify the plant.
In history, Lavender is well documented and researched. From the Romans all the way into the second world war, where it was used on the battle field. In the culinary world, Lavender is used in cooking and baking. The flowers are hung in houses as the perfume becomes more potent when dried. There are multiple products to purchase with lavender flowers in them and multiple uses of the flowers.
The chemical properties for Lavender are: Esters – linalyl acetate, Alcohols – linanlol, Oxides – cineole. These properties inform us that the oil is readily attacked by oxygen and have far more odourous properties. Esters calm things down and are quite gentle in action. The effects are: fungicidal, (prevents and combats fungal infection) sedative (calming, reduces functional activity), calmative (sedative) and balancing. Alcohols are an extremely useful group of properties. They are very uplifting. Oxides have respiratory clearing effects, and are also very good as an expectorant (promotes the removal of mucus from the respiratory system).
It is an amazing analgesic (remedy or agent that deadens pain). It is great for antirheumatic pain and inflammation (helps prevent and relieve rheumatism). For me, in my practice the main property is that it is a cicatrisant (an agent that promotes the healing by the formation of scar tissue). It is a tonic for the body, helping to strengthen and enliven the whole or a specific part of the body. Another important property to Lavender is that it is an adaptogen, so it helps with what is needed for the body!
Please be cautious when using Lavender as it should not be used if a lady is trying to conceive (during or post ovulation), or is pregnant. It is advised only to be used in Labour.
Using pure essential oil of Lavender over the years, has made me realize the importance of it. I have used it on myself and family, everyday since learning about the plant and have been witness to some amazing miracles with healing when using and administering the oil.
Caron Ladkin is a qualified Aromatherapist based in London.
Please get in touch if you would like to learn more about Lavender or study Aromatherapy.
Please watch this video if you wish to learn some breathing techniques to help your heart release stress, trauma, grief, dissapointment and any type of heart ache or pain.
The Anahata Chakra or Heart Space needs to be protected, beating and vibrating to its full potential of heart energy, love.
I hope that it helps you.~CL