As we slowly approach winter, nature calls for introspection, and the calendar invites us to make an assessment of the past year. This is the time to think about our path: Is “who we are” in line with “who we want to be”? What did we achieve, and what remains to be done?
This exercise is not that simple and requires self-awareness. Sometimes, introspection also means we have to face our fears, failures and scars. But, the benefit is worth it: a balanced, open-minded and peaceful life.
Living in big, busy New York City, I often get the question: How do you stay connected to nature? I think the first step of staying connected to nature is to listen to ourselves, our true being – our intuitive, sensitive, and animal self. Nature is pure, raw and never lies, and our ‘true being’ will always have a connection to it.
The Importance of Self-Awareness
Many of us cannot easily answer questions such as: “Are you happy?” or, “What do you want?”. I suggest you ask yourself the tough questions and do not be afraid of the answers, because knowing them can lead to better and more loving choices.
Some questions to try include:
How do I feel, right now? Why did those words hurt? Why do I feel uncomfortable in this situation?
Reflection – and listening to your own feedback – is the key to living your life in a more intuitive way. Being aware of your emotions, your body’s sensations and what brings you pleasure or pain can be incredibly powerful.
Introspection can help us understand our choices. It helps us be true to ourselves and honest with others. It can even provide benefit on a physiological level. Knowing how your body feels can help you understand what is out of balance and to make adjustments before becoming ill.
Once we take this step and make peace with all of who we are, we can finally feel empowered.
How can essential oils can help you connect?
One of the best ways to achieve unity with your emotional and physical self is by using your senses, and the sense of smell is the perfect ally. Like any other life skill, this connection will improve with practice.
The key to self-awareness is to let go of self-judgement, allow the ego to rest for a moment and for your body to ‘speak’. For me, this is incredibly liberating and benefits not only my self-understanding, but my knowledge of essential oils too!
Yarrow Introspection Ritual
I find Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) to be one of the best essential oils to work with when in need of introspection. I have personally used it to deal with a traumatic moment in my life, with great results.
First of all, Yarrow is benevolent. It wants to heal; it is full of compassion. Whatever comes out of this practice, Yarrow can help you process it without fear, and face underlying and sometimes stuck emotions. It will provide support for the whole practice to go smoothly, and to be of real benefit to you.
Begin with a quick centering and grounding exercise. To do this, close your eyes, become aware of your body, scan every part of it and take a few seconds to be grateful for your soul’s physical “home”. Then, focus on your breath, listen to your heartbeat and if you can, pay attention to your very existence. You can feel your spine, like an antenna between the energy of the earth and the skies; balanced, centered, and alive.
Then, open your bottle of Yarrow essential oil, slowly bringing it closer to your nose. As the aroma becomes stronger, allow any emotions, images, colors, or sensations to come to you, unfiltered. Hit pause, and ask yourself the questions suggested above.
As you get more comfortable with introspection, you can start asking deeper questions. Eventually, this will become second nature and support you to design your own unique, clear pathway in life, according to your true intentions.
Have courage to look and accept what you find, let the amazing aromatic ally of Yarrow assist you and you will be well on your way to becoming aligned with your true and beautiful self.