I love to write. I was inspired to write early in life. I loved composition class and always excelled at essay exams. Throughout my vocational journey people would whisper, suggest or shout that I should write. Writing had always been a passion of mine, somewhat primordial for me. I never gave it much thought- I just did it in the course of my day, my life, my work. And I continue to write- this article, that blog- contributing to professional literature or musing on social media. I feel very fortunate because inspiration comes easy for me.
Even so, how can any of us heighten our expressive writing skills when we are busy and distracted with the details of life? Whether a seasoned writer or just beginning the writer’s journey we all seek to discover refreshing ways to kick-start the process. I too have the occasion of staring into space, waiting for F-L-O-W to happen onto the page.
Writing should be an accessible, rewarding process and for many of us, that is the case, at least most of the time. For some people, even with a longing to write, getting those creative juices to flow takes intention and effort.
There are many ways to spur on a creative streak and one way is to diffuse essential oils. Essential oils have an ability to elicit emotional responses in us and are therefore used to shift us into a positive mood state. Certain smells can help us meditate, relax and feel positive, all of which are conducive to an increase in creativity. And the use of aromatherapy is one way to help increase concentration and improve memory as well.
Essentials oils have a direct effect on the brain. Inhalation and diffusion of essential oils begins with the nose. Aromas are inhaled and registered by the olfactory bulb at the top of the nose. The olfactory bulbs are an extension of the part of the brain called the limbic system, which is believed to be the home of emotions, sexual feelings, memory and learning. So, being happy and focused can in fact be evoked with the inhalation of aroma.
What is my favorite essential oil for getting unstuck in the writing process?
The essential oil blend, Envision, by Young Living. Envision contains spruce, geranium, orange, lavender, sage and rose. Envision™ stimulates creativity and resourcefulness, encouraging renewed faith in the future and the ability to maintain the emotional fortitude necessary to achieve goals and dreams.
Originally published (pg 30) in the Jersey Shore Mar 2015 issue of Natural Awakenings