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“Love is patient, love is kind… It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails… And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
1 Corinthians 13: 7-13 (NIV)
In my teenage years, I dreamed of finding a love worth waiting for. Hoped for a family to love me and a community to be a part of. Desperately desired to belong and connect with others. But I feared it wouldn’t happen and filled with doubt and fear. I pushed people out of my life and lived a lonely existence. I even pushed God away even though He was gently calling me back. During those years I discovered these little bottles called essential oils, but I didn’t truly understand the power they held.
Years later, when I began to really dive in and use these oils, I started to unlock feelings I didn’t know were there, in capacities I didn’t know existed. These tiny containers were helping me to work through childhood trauma, deflect negative and untrue beliefs about myself, and soften my attitudes towards the people around me.
As I hold Hope in my hands, my mind slows the influx of little worries and annoyances that hold me back. Gratitude opens my heart to focusing on the blessings around me, lifting my spirits. Envision helps my mind bring order to the To-Do list and my spirit dream big again. Grounding brings me back to the present moment instead of getting carried away in all the “what ifs” of life. Release lets the tears flow when they have been pent up too long. Joy lifts my heart, mind and spirit to a thankful, fulfilled state of being.
What do all those have to do with love this Valentine’s Day? Simply this…true love can only exist when the heart is filled with hope, gratitude, dreams, grounding, openness, and joy. In order to be loving toward our partners, children, parents, siblings, friends and strangers, our minds, bodies, and spirits must be centered and peaceful.
Before I used oils to promote positive emotions, I flew by the moment on the roller coaster of life and it wasn’t the most pleasant experience. I’d bet you have felt the same way! Now they are my sanity savers and the first things I grab before that tough conversation with my husband or before I react to my toddler’s latest destruction. My family can always tell when I’ve used my oils, just by how I interact with them!
What’s your favorite emotion oil? Let me know in the comments!