I Hate Lavender

Now most people would say that is a heavy statement.  I use the word hate, which of course is strong language and I could tone it down I suppose.  If I did tone it down, however, it would not convey the absolute loathing I feel when the perfumes, heavily scented with the frangrant flower billow over my senses.

By now you are wondering why I even stated this.  Why should you care?  You should care because this is a post about essential oils.  And no matter who you are, lavender is at the core of essential oils.  Not the lavender of department stores though.  No, the true essence of lavender.  That scent that reminds you of being in a field and it gently blows past, enveloping and dissipating in a matter of seconds.  This lavender, this is the heart of essential oils.

Essential oils are are non-water soluble photochemical distilled from various parts of a plant.  They are the true essence.  Eastern cultures and Native cultures discovered long ago the health benefits of those things that come from nature.  Essential oils are just one way of doing that.  There are many ways to use essential oils, if you are interested in more than just diffusing or topical uses, please do your research.  I do not ingest or mix with food, as that is information I have not done research on and am not really interested in.

That does bring me back to lavender though.  6-7 drops of a lavender essential oil dropped into a water diffuser, 3-4 drops straight on a cotton ball or mixed in a roller with a carrier oil (apricot kernel oil is my favorite) have an amazing effect on most people.  Lavender is a natural calmer.  It can help you sleep, it can ease anxiety, it can help bring high tension down to natural levels.

We diffuse it downstairs at night for the dogs.  Yep, for the dogs.  Our Newfoundland can be a little high strung when none of her people around, and they sleep in the living room. I discovered that a little lavender essential oil in the diffuser, which is in the dining room, dissipates enough through the downstairs to help her sleep through the night.  I do not have it directly where she is because the effects of heavy doses is not known on animals, so I have it away from them, where she can get the benefits of it simply being there, without harming her.

If I am traveling and can’t take a diffuser, I will take some cotton balls and a small vial of lavender, and right before I go to bed I will put some lavender on a cotton ball and tuck it under my pillow.  This allows it to be close and scented, but not be overwhelming.

So while I do hate lavender, with a passion, the uses and the purity of it are highly beneficial. I have discovered that even I can tolerate that which I detest, for the benefits of a good night’s sleep, a little less anxiety and a general calm within the air.

Today’s Tarot:

Ten of Cups – On the Ten of Cups, there is a couple holding each other while facing a beautiful house and a green garden. Beside them, there are two children playing joyously. The couple is seen holding each other in a loving and romantic embrace, while the children are freely playing. The couple seems to be in a stable relationship, while also blessed with the abundance of a comfortable home and beautiful children. The green land signifies fertility, and the river shows how freely the feelings of the couple are flowing, meaning that their relationship is quite peaceful. Above in the sky, there are ten cups, shaped in an arc, which are meant to symbolize blessings from heaven. The rainbow behind them shows the end of hard times and sorrows, and a new happy life where each and every one

Late Nights

Ah the joys of sleep…what are those?  Today, I couldn’t tell you.  After a wonderful evening out, a little shopping, some hanging out with the kids before they went off to do their own thing, up to bed I went.  Hubby turned on a movie I wasn’t even interested in seeing so he could go to sleep and I closed my eyes.  Then I opened them, less than 30 seconds later.  He was already asleep…granted he had worked the night before and had not done any sleeping yet, so I can understand that.  I don’t begrudge him sleeping when he hasn’t for 36+ hours. However, he sleeps with the remotes in his side, because he is usually up at night and I get up at 4:45 in the morning.

Did you know Lost in Space is actually an engaging movie at 9:30 at night? So engaging I didn’t make it to sleep until almost 1. Now, for those of you who engage in this late night behavior all the time you’ll be laughing. Remember though, my alarm is going off at 4:45. So I slog through 2 snoozes, rush through my shower and morning, grab a quick protein shake and zoom off to work and prep for the sub. Today I am out of the classroom to run state testing make-ups.

Once everything is going I realize I am still behind. No lunch, the Apple keyboard for the Pro isn’t working (known issue) and I’m just in a funk. I feel frazzled, even though I shouldn’t. Today is not a day I can step outside to get centered or that I can just take a break. So what do you do with no sleep and a discombobulated day? Well I would text my bestie, but she is on her way out of the country, so not happening.

The fact is, I haven’t figured it out yet.  I am hoping once I can get up and stretch that som doc this offness goes away on its own. I can’t be certain if it’s being in a room with the energy of kids, some of whom are stressed over this test and others who just don’t want to even be here, or if it is something else. For sure here at work there is an undercurrent of stress.  We are getting a new principal, there are some teacher things, and it is just the end of the year.

If, the end of the work day doesn’t bring a change, then tonight I will definitely be taking the time to meditate and take a walk around the park. A cleansing bath, with epsom salt and essential oils may also be on the list. One of the things I miss when I am out of my classroom is my diffuser.  I know it helps me get through my days, and it does the kids good room always feels and smells good.  So tonight at home the diffusers will also be going.

If you don’t use essential oils may isiggest you start small, but definite start. That’s another topic I’ll be delving i to soon, but they are something I believe if only for the mental breath we seem to take when something smells nice.

Today’s tarot card: The Lover’s:

Upright: Love, union, relationships, values alignment, choices

Reversed: Disharmony, imbalance, misalignment of values

Your first instinct will most likely be to associate this card as representing love, but, much like love, it does not possess a simple nature. Not only does love comes in many forms, but the Lovers may indicate important or difficult choices ahead in your life. This is bad, in that the choices it portends are generally mutually exclusive, paths to two very different futures, but also good, in that it also confirms that at least one of those paths will take you to a good place. As such, if you happen to find it in your spread, you should consider it carefully, but not fear it. It tells a story of difficult choices, likely painful, but that the correct decision and a positive outcome are within your grasp.

A New Day, A New Start

Every day is a New Day and a New Start.  Never let yourself get so far down that you forget that the chance to start again, with a different attitude, even if it is to the same place, is literally coming in the morning.

This is something I have been reminding myself every day for the past few months.  Even as I pull tarot cards, sit at the altar, and continue on my studies at Sacred Mists, I find myself needing the reminder that it isn’t this way everyday.  I make myself feel better by applying for jobs I want, even if I’m not always qualified (who knows what may happen),  reading a new novel (or 20), and I have started writing again.

This isn’t just blog writing, but actually having a novel started.  I have several outlined, and have for years, but the one I started this weekend just took off and I love the concept and am excited to keep writing on it.  Right now it keeps me going through the days, even the down ones.

I guess my purpose in this blog is simply to say hi to the new followers, to remind both you guys and myself that I am here. That I haven’t abandoned either of us and that there will be more of this.

My next post I am hoping to share some of the cool research I’ve done on a few of the Gods of the Aztecs and Egyptians.  Time for a fresh start!

 

Thank You Notes

 

I was recently reminded that taking the time to hand-write a note of thanks, or thinking of you, is extremely important. Writing connects our bodies to our brains and our brains to our emotions. We often talk of journeying to get our feeling out. Well that shows in what you write.

The act of writing a note to someone, even “have a nice day”, makes you smile, makes them smile and reminds everyone that no matter how bad there is someone who cares. The handwriting, the penmanship, the ink color, all bring the emotions and sentiment to life. A typed email or text message is always loved and a wonderful sentiment, but the feeling behind a hand-written note…the idea someone took the time to hand-write a note, long hand, means so much more.

I try to send “love” notes, as I call them to lots of people. Little notes which say, “hey”. Erin Condren has some great notes which have a fun saying on the front and room to write on the back.

Here is a link:Compliment Cards

I highly recommend sending one or two of these a day. People truly appreciate them. I give them to fellow teachers and to students. The smiles and thank you’s and positive energy are well worth the extra time it takes to pick one and hand write the note on the back.

What about you? Do you like receiving notes? Do you remember to handwrite them as it gives better every and emotion?

Write It Down

 

Journaling…what does it mean to you? As I have been using my planners and keeping track of things, one of the things that I love most about both planners I am using is that they have review of the week, and daily “what are you excited about” and “what will you improve on” and “wins for today”.  In addition, I bought the Danielle LePorte Planner and I have washi taped the “schedule” section and use it for daily reflection.  The whole set up is designed in such a way that it is perfect for daily journaling.

It asks for your soul prompt (how are you feeling), it asks for 3 things to do (always with a prompt for what is best for you) and it asks for goals.  In addition, it has what are you going to work on stopping.  I fill each of these out at the beginning of the day and then at the end of the day do a reflection.  For me this has been invaluable.  Even if I journal as a reflection the next day, it has given me the perspective that I need.

In looking back at what I was feeling at the beginning and where I am when I reflect, I can see how I let things affect me through the day and where I am at.  This type of journaling has given me some structure as well as the ability to gauge myself and my emotions.  The difference, for me, is incredible.  I have always been a writer.  I love to journal, I write notes to express myself if I am having trouble doing so verbally.  I will often write my husband long letters, take pictures of what I wrote and send them to him.  For me I have found the written word to be an easier form of communication.  However, journaling has been difficult.  I never know where to start.  The Danielle LePorte allows me the structure and still the freedom.

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I know that she offers a journal with prompts, but for me the day planner with the daily prompts has worked fabulous.  I love my Panda Planners for the planner function as well as the daily and weekly review.  I review my actual productivity with those.  I am able to keep track of both what I need to do in my personal life with what I need to do for Sacred Mists and even with my school needs.  At school, in the classroom, I use both a Happy Planner and an Erin Condren LifePlanner, along with the Personal Planner. However, with the changes I made to the Danielle LePorte, I have created, for me, a perfect journal.

Do you journal?  What is your favorite way to write things down?  If you don’t journal I challenge you to try it.  We often tell those who are struggling with their emotions or with where they are in life to begin writing.  It is cathartic and can help take those jumbled thoughts and make some sense of them.  Let me know how it goes for you…