"There can never be peace between nations, until peace is first known within the souls of men."
Now is the time for peace.
And I don't mean now as in today. Or as in "enough is enough, it's 2017, it's time for peace already"
I mean now, as in right now, in this moment. And in all the moments that have come before and are still to follow. Now has always been the time for peace. In fact, peace should be the only option in all moments and all times. There simply is no other sustainable choice. If we cannot live in peace, then we risk not being able to live at all.
And that's true literally as well as figuratively. If we cannot achieve peace within, then we cannot live our best and fullest life. If we are not at peace within our hearts, within our minds, then how can we hope to be at peace in our actions? And if we cannot be at peace in our actions, then how can we hope to live in a world at peace?
Thankfully, the physical practice of yoga (asana) was created to prepare to body to achieve just that. We move the body in all these odd, twisted and backwards seeming ways, in order to prepare the body to sit in meditation. For it is only in meditation (in some form) that we find peace. Sculpted shoulders, a strong core or being able to put our legs behind our heads are nice side effects. But the real purpose of asana is to prepare the body to find true peace within.
The poses we practice on our journey towards peace depend on the type of peace we are seeking. For a rooted, grounded peace, tadasana (mountain pose) with the hands in Anjali mudra (heart offering), channels the powerful, earth based calm of the mountain. If we crave a more cerebral peace, or a quieting of the mind, inversions like headstand (sirsasana) or shoulder stand (sarvangasana), or a simple bent knee uttanasana (forward fold) will take you there, delivering a fresh flow of heavily oxygenated blood to the brain and nervous system. And of course lotus pose (padmasana) and sitting cross legged (sukasana) are the ideal seats for meditation.
Similarly, the best use of doTERRA's Peace oil will also depend on the type of peace you most need. Seeking a calm and quiet mind? Place a little Peace on you third eye (center of your forehead) and temples before meditation. Craving a more nurturing sense of peace, or perhaps just a good night's sleep? Rub some Peace onto the soles of your feet and wrap them up in some cozy socks.
doTERRA's Reassuring Blend is a mix of the roots and flowers that provide the greatest capacity for relaxation. Vetiver, Lavender, Clary Sage, Marjoram, Ylang Ylang and Frankincense, when used aromatically or topically, encourage the release of fear and anxiety and promote feelings of peace, contentment and reassurance. When used in tandem with a meditative practice, Peace can help bring about a release of excessive earthly attachments, and instead foster a connection to something beyond the self, something intangible, which can bring true and lasting inner peace. And that's the kind of peace this world so desperately needs. And we need it now.
"Peace is a divine quality. One who is united to the Peace of God is like a lovely rose, spreading around him the fragrance of tranquility and harmony."
I love incorporating doTerra essential oils ~ and all things holistic and natural ~ into my life, my home, my practice and my classes.