Listen

When the noise of the world is overwhelming, try to stop and separate the sounds you are hearing. Gently listen to the noises around you. Do you hear birds chirping? Do you hear children laughing? Do you hear water flowing? Can you hear your own heart beating? Be still and just listen. What do you hear? 

In separating the sounds, you become more mindful, in the act of separating the noise, you engage your mind to truly hear what is happening. If you are needing a moment of mindfulness, close your eyes, and listen. As your thoughts drift, try to bring them back to what you are hearing.  Just notice the sounds and stay engaged. 

This is a wonderful way to touch back into mindfulness when you are feeling overwhelmed. This even works if what you hear is your child whining...Whining, for me, is the quickest way for my brain to click off. I hate whining and it makes me want to retreat. However, when I can tune into the whining, I can really hear what my child (or husband) is asking for. And by being present I can provide what they need and also coach them to ask me in a different way and in a way that I can hear more readily. 

If you are finding that you feel unheard, this is a great way to tap back into being heard. Maybe you are whining and being tuned out...Or perhaps, even you are not listening to yourself. Taking a moment to listen can give you some clues into being heard as well. 

From "Emotions and Essential Oils 3rd Edition": Lavender: "....Encourages emotional honesty and insists that one speak their innermost thoughts and desires. As <you> learn to communicate <your> deepest thoughts and feelings, you are liberaged from your self-inflicted prison. It is through open and honest communication that an individual experiences unconditional love and acceptance. Through Lavender's courageous spirit, one is free to share their True Self with others." Use topically over your throat and heart and on your pulse points or aromatically in a diffuser or rubbed between your palms.