“To know is to know you know nothing.” -Confucius
One tea cup can not hold all of the contents of your kettle. Similarly, your mind is not able to understand or perceive of all of the bits of you or this world. Our minds are actually the ones that get in the way, they hold us back from the real truth, our Self, that we are actually one with everything.
Have you ever let your mind convince you that you are not capable of something? (I know, I have.) Telling yourself that you do not know enough, or it all… well the real truth is, you will never know it all, enough or be ready. Until you can practice acceptance of this fact and you can realize that this world is limitless.
“The best the mind can do is accept this world as a beautiful mystery.”- Steve Ross with Olivia Rosewood of Happy Yoga
My mentor, my lovely teacher Nora is an amazing, unbelievably inspirational woman. I struggled with this concept of feeling as though I was separate, unaware of the truth or not good enough for the identities I desired in my life. After I found yoga, it became very clear to me.
“When you accept that you don’t know, there’s an opening in your awareness, and it becomes possible to turn your attention around and look within yourself. Looking inside of yourself doesn’t mean looking inside your body, nor does it mean looking inside your mind. The ultimate truth is not in your memory somewhere, and it’s not in a concept or belief that you can cling to for a brief moment of security and consolation. It’s in what animates your mind, the senses, beats your heart, breathes you, digests your food, creates the trees, the sun, the moon, the birds, the waters – it’s life itself.” – Steve Ross with Olivia Rosewood of Happy Yoga
Here is a recipe for a little homemade body polish that will help settle your mind and calm your spirit.
I mostly use this scrub for soothing and calming my skin, even mood and I also love the smell of lavender and Rosehip seed oil. Lavender specifically, the refreshing aroma can remove nervous exhaustion and restlessness while also increasing mental activity. Rosehip seed oil is particularly amazing for repairing sun damaged and discoloration of your skin. Rosehip seed oil is extremely high in essential fatty acids, which is great for your skin and also you will see commonly rosehip seed oil being consumed for this reason. It is also rich in vitamins and antioxidants, especially Vitamin C and Vitamin A. Some other health benefits of Rosehip seed oil, it can reduce the appearance of scars, burns and stretch marks, treats fine lines and wrinkles, hydrates your skin and evens your skin tone.
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted and then slightly cooled
2 tablespoons Vitamin E oil
1 teaspoon rosehip seed oil
doTERRA lavender essential oil
2 cups organic sugar
¼ cup salt mixture (equal parts sea salt, pink Himalayan salt and Epsom salt)
1 tablespoon dried lavender flower
1 tablespoon dried rose hips
¼ cup genteelly crushed rose
Note: try not to use any metal products to produce. Buy all organic if possible, this product will be put directly onto your skin.
1. Melt coconut oil and set aside to cool for less then 2-4 minutes in a bowl.
2. Add vitamin E oil, rosehip seed oil, 5-10 drops of lavender essential oil, sugar, salt mixture, dried lavender flower, dried rose hips, rose. Stir genteelly until mixed together