Archive for January 2011
Lavandula officinalis, or angustifolia, commonly known as lavender essential oil is the most popular essential oil in use today. In the scientific community, it appears to be the second-most researched essential oil, only after tea tree or Melaluca alternifolia. This is probably due to the aromatic constituents, or properties of tea tree, and the widespread use of tea tree as an antiseptic, antiviral and anti-fungal agent.
The results are easily measured, and its actions are more familiar to the medical profession. Lavender’s actions are a little more challenging to define and measure, as its primary actions affect us on psychological and emotional levels. Yet recently, even these effects have been proven without a doubt by major studies performed at world-renown university and medical centers. Read more »
— Dalai Lama XIV
“Hard times build determination and inner strength. Through them we can also come to appreciate the uselessness of anger. Instead of getting angry nurture a deep caring and respect for troublemakers because by creating such trying circumstances they provide us with invaluable opportunities to practice tolerance and patience.”
— Dalai Lama XIV
I’ve asked this question to everyone I’ve interviewed. How do you find presence, stillness, and peace when in the midst of all of the excess stimulation of this very busy life. I’m sure I’ve asked this question because it is something that I have yet to grasp.
Reflecting on the last few days of Christmas cheer, there is such a mix of gratitude for my wonderful family (which includes the four grandchildren), the sharing of gifts, the last minute shoppers (which, urg, I was one of), continually wondering if I got enough for everyone, wrapping etc, etc. and my state of current exhaustion. Read more »