I have been travelling a lot lately. Or at least it feels like it. This isn’t a problem for me as I love to travel. I seem to peak a lot of curiosity when I use Essential Oils during travel. I have yet to hear someone complain, but I field a lot of questions about what I am doing and using. Thats why I thought a post on oils may be useful to anyone who likes to travel as much as I do.
I have a handy keychain that is sold through DōTerra. It looks like this. It’s under $10
It comes with 8 small vials that can be re-filled as needed. I have about 16 ready to go at any time so I can choose what I think I will need. The vials are small so they aren’t over the 3oz limit for domestic or international travel. You can take them in your carry on which I strongly suggest. They must be in a plastic ziplock bag. Here are some that I don’t leave home without:
1. Lemon. Lemon is very cleansing and I like to add a drop to my water in the morning for a nice fresh kick start. Especially if I need to be up and going early in the day. I put one or two drops in my bottle of water. It also acts as a really good glue/gum/sticky stuff remover which I have used it for multiple times.
2. On Guard. This is the DōTerra protective blend. It is warm and spicy and reminds me of Fall. I put it on my aromatherapy jewelry as I am leaving for the airport. It is the only “metal” I wear so its easy at the security gate to slip off. I also have a tiny spray bottle of On Guard and water that I use once I take my seat on the plane. I spray it on my armrests, my vent, my tray and pretty much everything else. It does make my area smell like cinnamon but I have only ever gotten good comments about it. Once I arrive at my destination, I use it to clean the bathroom. Just a few drops in some water. I was on a 14 hour flight a few months ago and the couple beside me, I’m pretty sure, had the plague or something. It was horrible. They were coughing, blowing noses, and lots of other non mentionables. I was waiting every day after my arrival home to develop the same symptoms but never did. I attribute all of that to the powerful protective nature of On Guard.
3. DigestZen. I am pretty sure that when I travel, I am not as cautious about what I eat. I like to experience the cuisine of the land I’m travelling in. Such was the case with Thailand. Although my body thrived on the food there, a few things upset my stomach. I used DigestZen by just rubbing it on my stomach and within minutes had relief. You can also add a drop to your water and take internally, but I haven’t tried that before. I did actually apply one drop straight to my tongue in an emergency, “I’ve had too much at the buffet and I’m going to explode” incident.
4. Peppermint. One of my fav oils. This was great when I climbed a mountain for elevation sickness. Myself and several other people with me enjoyed this. We just would open the bottle every hour or so and each would inhale the beautiful benefits of this oil. Immediate relief and you could feel your senses and mood sharpen.
5. Lavender. If you suffer from issue with falling to sleep in strange places (aka a one man tent on an incline at the top of Thailand’s biggest mountain, when you were up chanting until 11 and you need to be up again for hiking at 4:30am.) Just one drop on your pillow (which in my case was a rolled up coat but it still worked). Can also be diffused if you have a diffuser with you. It provides immediate relief and comfort. Also great for insect bites and stings. Yes, bee stings. Try it next time.
6. Frankincense just because. Because its the best all round oil. It has great grounding properties and helps to deepen my much needed meditation experience when travelling. When in doubt of what oil to use, Frankincense is what I choose.
There it is. My first aid Essential Oil Kit. I hope this is helpful.
If you want any info on how to get your hands on some of these precious pure oils from our earth you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will gladly get you hooked up before your next trip. Even easier, just click here and fill out the form. Namaste beautiful people.
I’m baaaaack…For the last 6 months I have been taking a course to become a Certified Meditation Instructor with the Willpower Institute. As part of our training, we were invited on a field test which included 15 days in beautiful Thailand and a 4 day mountain trek.
I made it! Here’s a brief summary of what it felt like.
I actually read from my journal the following line: “I’ve already had to let so much go. The rude airport people, security expecting you to know exactly what is expected as if you work there every day. The guy ahead of me that knocked my water bottle over when he reclined his chair on the plane and the fact at that i broke my fav pair of sunglasses already”. Really? As I write this I feel like going back and telling myself, get a grip. You are on your way to a life changing adventure and this is what you choose to focus on?
After almost 24 hours of travel, I arrived in Bangkok, Thailand in the evening. We were greeted by many people and welcomed like we were royalty. I realized within 5 minutes that I have a severe attachment to “stuff”. They do things differently there. I found myself wrestling with a gentleman who was trying to take my bag and explaining in Thai that it would be safe in the back of the old beat up pickup that he was loading it into. But I kept telling him I need all that stuff. Then I waved goodbye to the suitcase as it made its way down the road. It seemed to wave back. Never to be seen again. At least until I got to the temple where it was waiting for me. TRUST, Marnie.
I awoke early the next morning to the sound of a gong which signalled breakfast. Hmm. Not quite what I usually have. (Well, being honest, usually is nothing for breakfast). Fish soup, noodles, toast and jam. Coffee too. I was excited about that. This remained our breakfast each day for our time at the temple. After some exploring and meditation to ground myself, I started to fit in. The weather was beautiful. Sunny and 38 degrees. Rarely cooling at night. I shared a room with 3 other girls. And a washroom too. That was interesting. I felt like I truly knew them by the time we left.
After a few days of celebrating and sightseeing (the Royal Palace was incredible) we headed off to the airport once again to board a flight to Cheang Mai for the field portion of our training which was a 4 day trek up the tallest mountain in Thailand called Doi Inthanon. Travelling with our Master Teacher, Luangphor Viriyang Sirintharo was both exciting and difficult at times. Luangphor is very respected in Thailand and manoeuvring throughout the airport takes time. Maybe another lesson he is trying to teach us in patience. The flight was just a few hours and upon landing, we were bussed to what was delightfully called “Base Camp”. This is where I met with the other 9,000+ people who were graduation the Willpower Meditation Instructor course from around the world. We took precepts under the guidance of Luangpour. Among many, that we were not to hurt a living thing while on the mountain and to be kind and patient. Canadians were at the head of the line. Im still not sure why, but can’t deny that it was so fun to have our path lined with waiting people, all high-fiving us and wishing us good luck. We hiked until dinner time where we made camp.
I had one bowl, one spoon. All the utensils I allowed myself. You see, as I admitted already, I’m kind of addicted to having my stuff around me. I planned for weeks what I would take to the mountain. Spreading it out on my bed the night before we left, it became obvious that everything would not fit into my backpack. I had to pare down to a quarter of that pile. Decisions had to be made. Anyways, back to dinner. Much the same. Rice, noodles, eggs. You ate without regard for what you liked. Hunger just said, “do it”. After dinner, we gathered on large rock beds. All 9000 of us. Our monks who were heading the trek would find a rock ledge to lead chanting from. And we would chant and meditate for 3-4 hours. One of those evening just happened to be a full moon. It put me in a type of trance state and I felt bliss. Yes, sitting that many hours on rock with your legs crossed is challenging. Part of our training. Mind over matter. Then off to bed.
Each of us had our own tent. The first night mine was put up on a hill. I kept sliding down into the lower edge and having to crawl my way back up through the night. I used my coat as a pillow which worked very well.
I woke the first morning on the mountain and couldn’t remember where I was for a minute. Homesickness immediately slipped in and I missed everyone extremely. I felt emotions out of control. Just as that was settling, a sound cut through my thoughts. The sound of music playing through the mountains. Our 5am wake up call. And not a moment too soon. From here I can tell you the things that changed. As we had been told by our master teacher, things would be challenging. The heat was unbearable at first. The patience required to climb a mountain with thousands of other people is incredible. You really need to dig deep. The rocks became more uncomfortable as my body became sore. Actually I felt like my body was broken but my heart was full. Very weird feeling.
My shoes broke on day 1. Yikes. Spent the rest of the time fixing them. I fell in a hole up to my hips. Actually it was a toilet. Thankfully it was from last years hike. It took seconds and several (10 or so) Thai women came running over and hoisted me out and brushed me off. I ventured off the path once for the photo of me on the rock. That was all we got to take. One photo before I was gathered by a group of Thai chaperones and gently returned back to the path. We had been warned there may be poisonous snakes, etc but once a photographer, always a photographer and I grabbed the opportunity when I could. Ok Ok I remembered what they said about the snakes, but I couldn’t resist.
I made a video once I reached the top. I won’t post it as it was on the fourth day without showers, etc. Pretty rough. But I knew that I would never feel that way again and I wanted it documented. Actually I heard the voice of my daughter in my head saying, “document this” My belongings that I held so tightly to and brought up the mountain got heavier every day and served as a great reminder of the baggage we all carry physically and mentally.
The next morning, we were transported down the mountain to a beautiful closing ceremony. Then off to a hotel where we would enjoy a beautiful shower. I can’t explain what that felt like. You would just have to experience it to know. Off to the night market with several vendors all selling their “stuff” that I love so much to get attached to. My consumerism is really showing. But I buy the souvenirs I can for all the people I miss so much as it makes me feel closer to them for some weird reason.
The next day was our flight back to Bangkok. Several more days spent sightseeing, shopping and visiting other temples. Lots of place and time for meditation and reflection although without the structure I have had for the last 6 months in class, I feel a little lost. The ocean is beautiful and I actually eat a fish with the head still on. No I didn’t eat the head, but that was a big step for me. My experimentation with food has really increased far beyond what I thought.
I had Pad Thai several time (for the first time in my life). I also experienced a true Thai Massage. Ahhhh…Bliss.
Luangphor planned a very extravagant evening of graduation for ALL of us. It was held at the largest conference centre I have ever seen. I was honoured to be asked to say a few words on behalf of our graduates class. I was able to address our Master Teacher personally and thank him which I was so grateful for. After I was done, the host repeated everything I had said in Thai which was cool to hear.
After a beautiful 7 course dinner and diploma presentation it was time for dancing. And lots of it.
Heading onto the plane for the long ride home. I am ready. I want to get back and unleash all I’ve learned for anyone wanting to learn it too. The flights are long but my intention from the beginning was to take what I was given and make the best of it. If I am traveling, don’t wish I am somewhere else. Just be. So there I was, “being” for 22 hours.
Reunion with my family was exhilarating. I can’t believe how much I missed them and more surprisingly how much they missed me. I vowed to hubby that I wouldn’t travel alone for 6 months. After my welcome home dinner, I realized that my body thrived on Thai food. I may just revert to that diet permanently.
Getting back to all the amenities in life didn’t please me like I thought it would. It didn’t matter any more. I know what I need in life now. I need Me. And my family. And meditation so I can continue to feel the peace and blissfulness that I have found. The Thai people are some of the kindest I have ever encountered. But here is what they really taught me. “LET GO and TRUST”. They live by this. And I think I will now too.
Here I am, just a few more days before I leave for Thailand.
Wow, even as I say the words I can’t believe it. This all started as a thought just over a year ago. . What would it be like to travel to an exotic far away country all by myself. To live in a Temple with Buddhist monks? To trek up the largest mountain in Thailand, Doi Inthanon, 8,500 feet in the air.
A type of spiritual quest for my soul to see what I am made of. Right now I feel like I am made of marshmallows. Definitely not full of the drive and anticipation I thought I would feel. More like full of indecision and fear.
But this is what I hoped for, prayed for, added to my vision board even. I can’t say I’m unhappy about it because that isn’t true either. I am ecstatic that I was able to manifest such a journey. I just don’t know what lies ahead. Actually, thats not true. I can feel that this trip will be life changing. And THAT is what I am afraid of. Who will I be when I return? The anticipation is killing me.
Mostly I am afraid of how lonely I will feel without my family. I live in quite a nice little world of support with very little challenge. Am I really going to give that up for half a month as I trek up a mountainside in Chang Mai? I guess I am. What if I miss my man, and my kids and my grandbabies and my mommy. Yikes. What if the ground is too hard to sleep on or my tent leaks? What if I just fall off the edge of the mountain and no one ever finds me again. Oh well. At least I was there.
To me, being fearless doesn’t mean not feeling fear. It means, sitting in that fear, feeling it to your core and doing it anyways. That’s my plan. If I’m lonely, I guess I will learn what loneliness is really like. If my tent leaks and the ground is too hard for this 50 something wife, mom and nana, I guess I will learn how blessed I am to have a cozy bed waiting at home. That’s all. I will journal, ponder, rationalize and explore to the fullest. Then I will return with my new found wisdom to figure out what comes next.
So when the next wave of “What the &%$# am I doing” comes along, which is probably in the next 10 minutes, I am just going to feel it, strongly. And move ahead anyways. Because I have never been so certain in all my life that I need to do this.
Wish me luck!
Let’s start here shall we:
Definition of surrender
surrendered; surrenderingplay \-d(ə-)riŋ\
1. a : to yield to the power, control, or possession of another upon compulsion or demand
b : to give up completely or agree to forgo especially in favor of another
2. a : to give (oneself) up into the power of another especially as a prisoner
b : to give (oneself) over to something (as an influence)
Surrender…This word swirled around in my head the other morning after I had endured a panic attack that lasted a few hours the night before (felt like a life time). It had snuck up on me out of no where (so I thought!). I’ve had panic attacks in my distant past when I was in college, young stressed out, eating poorly and hardly sleeping…pushing myself too far! But isn’t life now so much different?
I asked myself…WHY?
I scanned my thoughts for reasons for this episode…I eat pretty healthy (80/20 rule need some treats!), I have a great night time sleep routine, I make time for my health with scheduled chirproctic appointments every 2 weeks to keep me aligned physically and spiritually. I’m surrounded by an amazing TRIBE of women/moms/biz partners who inspire me to reach higher and dream bigger everyday. I have 2 beautiful children that bless my days and a husband who is such an amazing dad and man. I have my mom (Marnie) she’s my soul sister, blissed out partner, & all around awesome woman supporting everything I do. Then there’s my rock my dad, my trusted advisor always there cheering me on, my little bro who is such beautiful & strong teacher of life to me along with a gram that has showed me grace and strength.
My life looks perfect on paper (and it totally is awesome!), but what I didn’t realize is that I was letting fear (finances, raising kids, planning healthy meals day in and out do you feel me?) creep in to my thoughts and letting it choose how I live life ALL.THE.TIME and frankly its exhausting! Our true self (the soul) is always trying to get us to live in alignment with our lifes mission, what were here for what gives us butterflies in our stomach. We listened to it when we were kids being free, spinning in circles, thinking creatively being so OPEN, loving and trusting to all.
My mind is constantly chattering on about what lessons I need to teach my children, how successful I need to be for my husband because he has carried majority of the financial load since we’ve had our children, that I need a perfectly clean & organized house, clean healthy meals everyday in and out…better make sure their organic too! Make room in the schedule for quality family time, thats only after school, music, dance and hockey practice is complete. Am I making lasting memories for my kids? Better book that BIG amazing life changing (expensive!) trip I’ve gotta keep my game up. Oh and well i’m at it I haven’t worked on myself enough lately better listen to more self help pod casts and read about it more while i’m in the bath that way I can multi-task my relaxing time!
After 5-10 minutes of listening to myself I thought how exhausting and that feeling of panic from deep in my belly that rises with a rush of adrenaline was creeping back up and in that moment I CHOSE to SURRENDER I didn’t want to fight with what my heart was calling me to do anymore.
I am surrendering my planning, worrying & over OBSESSING self OVER to my Spiritual, grounded, whole self. My spirit is wise and knows what I REALLY want in life, its the place where I am at peace within myself and can catch my breath, I am letting it lead the way now.
This part whispers gently to me…
~You . are . enough.
~Life is working out perfectly, you are where your supposed to be right now.
~Stop and experience this beautiful moment Kelly…my little mans hand in mine, still a bit of that baby chubbiness left in his fingers. So I take that in and all the way down to my heart where it can live forever.
~Stop TRYING so hard…SURRENDER to the perfect beauty that is your life right now.
~Follow your heart, follow it all way to your passion. Inspire other women & moms to know they are enough too, to know they matter, to show them how to listen to their heart whispers too…don’t let fear in the drivers seat, it will never leave but you can sure take the wheel back.
Good times are great, but such beauty come from hard, messy times when we are slugging through the mud up to our knees not knowing if we will make it another minute, another step until someone grabs our hand and says come on, just a little further…that is your tribe love them HARD.
Surrender to everything that doesn’t serve you. Surrender to that voice in your head that says something isn’t good enough, your not good enough thats not your true self…thats not what you came here for, its fear and it speaks so LOUDLY that it controls much of our life and makes us miss the whisperings of our heart.
What is speaking to you right now?
Try doing that thing just once & I promise MAGIC will come out of it and you will be a better friend, daughter, wife, mother for it with a sense of inner peace we all look for.
Love life exactly how it is right now, messy beautiful and full of possibility, anything your heart can whisper you can make come true if you just surrender to the chatter and follow the beat of your pounding heart.
I am here to share my journey of healing with any and all that will listen, its my calling. Do you want to come along on this journey with me? All are welcome, please feel free to reach out and share your thoughts and feelings. This is just the beginning dear friends, we can do so much sharing our journey our pain our sorrow and the healing beauty and joy that come with surrendering to a peaceful life.
p.s. I am totally aware that like me this blog is beautiuflly flawed in its grammatical structure, and I am TOTALLY ok with that these days! Surrendering to the idea of perfection brings a sense of ease and peace.
Namaste Beautiful Souls, lets rock what we got!
Lots of love,
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