Gratitude, what an important element it is for being able to live a happy and fulfilled life. While gratitude is something I strive to consciously incorporate into my life on a regular basis, it isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Some days it is really easy to be thankful, while other days it can be quite a struggle. What can I say it is a work in progress and the trying and the journey is what is important.
I always find Canadian Thanksgiving, with its focus on getting together with family, and being thankful for what we have, to be a perfect time for me to carve out a little time for myself. Time to reflect more deeply on all the wonderful things I have in my life and using an essential oil or special synergy always makes this time even more meaningful.
In their book Daily Aromatherapy, Transforming the Seasons of Your Life with Essential Oils, Joni Kein and Ruah Bull say that Jasmine is the best essential oil for a sense of trust. They also say that Jasmine:
Promotes gratitude. Warms and opens the heart center. Helps you to live in and appreciate the present moment.
They suggest that one could sit quietly and slowly inhale the aroma of Jasmine with slow relaxed breaths. Then pause and ask oneself some important questions and jot down your answers and reflections on a piece of paper:
- What does “being grateful” mean to me? What am I grateful for in my life? Who am I grateful to have in my life? What challenges in the past can I now be grateful for? What prevents me from being grateful? How does being grateful benefit me?
- Inhale the aroma of Jasmine and intend that you are breathing in a state of gratitude.
- Review your answers to the questions, reflect and add any additional notes.
Jasmine helps you to experience gratitude and to understand its dynamics in your life.
While Jasmine is not usually an oil I think about when making up a blend for Thanksgiving, I am certainly going to take a little time this weekend and spend it mindfully with Jasmine and being grateful. In fact, I’m going to use it in a blend:
And this is the blend I will use for the rest of Thanksgiving