RItuals for Reflection with Paula Lopez

Be inspired to slow down, get centered and reflect when you listen to my chat with Paula Lopez, a former Los Angeles TV news anchor turned Santa Barbara Realtor.

Enhance your listening experience by rubbing a drop of Frankincense, Transformation or Acceptance blends essential oils into your palm, rubbing hands together and inhaling deeply. Or, a few drops with water in a cold-air diffuser can set the mood in your living space (order your Premium Starter Kit at AromaThrive.com)

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Lighten Up by Letting Go

You may enjoy being busy, but in stressful times, some of us are finding that less is more. Cutting down on unnecessary demands and commitments could is a good way to nurture yourself and actually can improve productivity.

In this podcast, my friend Paula Lopez Ochoa, a Santa Barbara Realtor and busy mom and grandma offers her secrets for how to keep from being over-committed, and ideas for self care in stressful times.

Essential oils can enhance your listening experience! In this episode we recommend Frankincense (Paula's favorite and top all-around oil) and the Young Living blends "Release," and "Harmony." You can order these oils, along with a premium starter kit (11 oils + diffuser) at AromaThrive.com

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Art of Emotional Self Care

How well do you take care of yourself? Emotionally, I mean. Many people (often women) are great at taking care of others - but fall short when it comes to giving themselves the same loving care as they are sharing.

In this podcast, I speak with Petra Beumer of the Mindful Eating Institute in Santa Barbara, CA. Petra coaches her clients on how to nurture themselves. She offers tips for you to incorporate easy self-care tips to support your emotional well-being.

Enhance your emotional-self-care experience with Essential Oils! Some of my favorite fragrances for this include geranium, lavender and citrus oils such as lemon and Citrus Fresh. You can get started on your essential oils lifestyle journey at AromaThrive.com

To find out more about Petra Beumer and her work at the Mindful Eating Institute, go to MindfulEatingInstitute.net

To listen to more of my podcasts, go to Lisa.FM

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Releasing Emotional Patterns with Essential Oils

Spring is almost here and, what better way to prepare for the new season than to let go of emotional patterns that are wearing you down? The emotional (limbic) system of our brain is strongly impacted by fragrance. So, the aromas of pure essential oils can be very supportive in soothing emotions and providing a sense of well being. 

I recently attended a talk led by Carolyn Mein, author of "Releasing Emotional Patterns with Essential Oils." This book was very helpful to me when I first started using essential oils, and I have found it very helpful to begin using again. The book makes it easy to begin using by listing dozens of emotions, the opposite side of each emotion, the point in the body where the emotion resides and an affirmation for releasing the emotion. Just reading through the list and writing down the emotions I identified with proved to be very powerful. I like to think of the process as peeling an onion - there are many layers to clearing emotional patterns, and this book is a powerful resource.

In addition to clearing emotions, it also offers insights into the ways in essential oils can be used to release worn out emotional patterns, and support well being, while offering inspiration for self improvement. Are you ready to get started? Order your Premium Starter Kit of 11 essential oils, along with Releasing Emotional Patterns with Essential Oils today!  I would love to hear about your results, feel free to message me to let me know. 

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Soothe Your Soul: 8 Minutes to Bliss

I'm super excited to share with you this simple technique for relaxation, which blends the soothing aroma of an essential oil blend with a brief guided meditation. I'd like to introduce you to my good friend and partner, Dr. Ken Pfeiffer -- 

Sand Dollar Rocks, Big Sur, CA (Photo by Ken Pfeiffer)

Hi there, I am Dr. Ken Pfeiffer, a psychologist. If you suffer from stress or anxiety, or any associated health problems such as headaches, backaches, insomnia, or digestive problems, I have a simple meditation technique that uses the soothing aroma of a natural essential oil that can help you.

1) Essential Oils: The sense of smell is intimately connected with the emotional part of your brain. Smells have the ability to create emotions, or to recall emotions associated with the smells. For example, the ingredients and soothing aroma of the "Stress Away" essential oil blend are naturally calming. And the more the smell of this oil is associated with actually being calm and relaxed, the more effective the smell is in eliciting calm.

2) Meditation: Meditation is a great way to reduce stress and to relax. There are many forms of meditation, and you can choose whatever technique works well for you. Simple forms such as focusing on the breath or counting the breath work well. I will give you a demonstration of a guided meditation that relies on letting go of body tension, and imagining cooling the head and warming the extremities that I have found very effective. This specific technique counters the "fight or flight" reaction, or the "defensive reflex" that is the opposite of relaxation and calm.

3) Combining Essential Oils with Meditation in "classical conditioning": When events are paired together over time, the occurrence of one event can elicit the other. For example, suppose you usually come home after work, pour your favorite beverage, turn on the TV, and watch your favorite show and relax. Repeatedly pairing the beverage and TV with relaxation causes the beverage and TV to be a cue for relaxation, and can actually cause you to relax in the future.

So what we will do is to pair the unique smell of a relaxing essential oil with the relaxation of meditation to enhance the relaxing effect. The oil will become a cue for relaxation and can be used in the future to help de-stress. It is important that the smell of the oil is unique, and at first you only smell it when you are already relaxed from meditation. Then in the future you can use it to de-stress when needed.

To illustrate this, we are going to do a brief guided meditation of about 8 minutes. To help you relax there will be some background sounds of waves at the beach. Toward the end of the session you can open your little package that contains a stone saturated with the calming aroma of Stress-Away essential oil. This proprietary essential oil blend comes in a convenient roll-on bottle, to carry with you. 

Practice once a day, and soon you will have a special "relaxation" stone you can use to de-stress anytime you need.

Read more about Dr. Ken Pfeiffer's research on using the power of the mind to eliminate pain regardless of the cause at painrelievers.org

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