This week, I’m particularly astounded by the complexity of the human brain. As I assessed what was bringing me greater freedom, I realized that both of the things I want to share with you reflect just how amazing God created our minds.
1. The Power of Words
As a believer and a writer, the idea that words are powerful is not new to me. I started blogging as a way to record my words of gratitude and experienced how being thankful multiples joy and and my awareness of God’s love.
Lately, I’ve been been intentional about recognizing the quality of my thoughts and the words I speak aloud. There is abundant research on words and thoughts creating neural pathways in the brain. I can default to negative ones or create new, positive ones.
For instance, I find helping with homework, particularly math, to be stressful. When my middle schooler pulls out her lesson on negative exponents, I can grumble, “Ugh. This again? How many problems do you have? This is going to take forever!”
Or, I can set the tone for her attitude and mine by saying, “Okay, let’s tackle this!” Focusing on the fact that we can and will do it opens up freedom for both of us.
This is especially important for emotional health too. When I’m feeling sad, stressed, angry, or afraid, I ask myself what I’m believing about the situation. Often, I’m believing a lie that needs to be confronted and replaced with truth.
For example, when I’m anxious about being in a social situation, I might be telling myself, “They won’t like you. You won’t know what to say.” To take it a step further, I realize my fear is that who I am is not good enough. This is a spiritual concept for me, so it helps to focus on truths like, “I am fearfully, wonderfully made,” (Psalm 139:14) and that my identity is in Christ. I can also focus on taking an interest in the people around me. The social situation is not about me, it’s about connecting with other people.
Taking charge of the words I think and speak has brought me freedom.
Did you know that the sense of smell is the only one of our five senses that connects directly to our limbic system in the brain, which is the seat of our emotions? When I learned that, it explained why I love my essential oil diffuser so much! Once inhaled, it only takes an essential oil 22 seconds to cross the blood-brain barrier and reach the limbic system.
My diffuser makes me happy. Having support for my emotional health equals greater freedom. It’s not just emotional though. Here are some of our favorite oils and blends to diffuse:
Cedarwood – My husband’s favorite oil to diffuse for restful sleep
Peace & Calming - A favorite for me and our kids for restful sleep
Release or Joy – Blends for emotional support
Exodus II – A blend for immune support
Purification - A blend to neutralize odors in the air
I could go on–there are so many options! We use our diffusers every day for support in physical, emotional, and spiritual health–for focus, concentration, waking up, calming down, soothing, respiratory support, and more. We’ve invested in multiple diffusers so we can have them in different rooms in our home. We’re even getting one free this month from Young Living’s October promotion.
Feeding our brains = freedom!
Your turn! What is bringing you freedom this week?
*I get all my essential oils through my Young Living account. I love that I can help others grow in vibrant health through my Young Living business. For more information on essential oils, diffusing, or how to create a Young Living account and get wholesale pricing, just leave me a comment below, email me at mandy[dot}mianecki[at]gmail.com, or join my Facebook group here. Here is the free diffuser promotion for October:
*Peace & Calming contains Orange, Tangerine, Blue Tansy, Ylang Ylang, and Patchouli.
*Release contains Ylang Ylang, Lavandin, Geranium, Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood, Tangerine, Ocotea, Grapefruit, Spearmint, Lemon, Blue Cypress, Davana Kaffir Lime, Jasmine, Matricaria, Blue Tansy and Rose.
*Joy contains Rose, Geranium, Lemon, Jasmine, Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Coriander, Tangerine, Roman Chamomile, and Palmrosa
*Exodus II contains Frankincense, Myrrh, Cassia, Cinnamon, Calamus, Hyssop, Galbanum and Spikenard
*Purification contains Lemongrass, Citronella, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Lavandin, and Myrtle
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