What does it truly mean to be “balanced”?
According to Chinese philosophy, yin and yang (two inverted black and white pieces spiraling around each other to make a complete circle) represent two forces in the universe. Yin (the dark swirl) is the passive, negative force, and yang (the light swirl) is the active, positive one.
You cannot have yang without yin. This directly relates to life. With the good comes the bad, and vice versa.
Balance means accepting you hold within you both light and dark, but not allowing one to dominate the other. Like a pendulum, finding your equilibrium between your light and dark is where you’ll strike your balance.
When your yin dominates, you may experience imbalance in the form of depressed or anxious thoughts. When your yang dominates, you may experience restlessness. A common response to a lack of balance on either side is abnormality in your sleep—whether that’s too much or too little—making this imbalance more extreme.
When your life is in disarray, sometimes the only card you have up your sleeve is sleep. Everything seems better after a good night’s rest, but what if sleep eludes you? Fortunately, the Earth provides you with everything you need to find your center, like essential oils for balance.
Let’s first address a dominant yang. If you’re having trouble sleeping, you need an oil that will help regulate your circadian rhythm—like doTERRA Serenity® Restful Blend.
What is Serenity?
- Ho Wood
- Ylang Ylang
- Roman Chamomile
- Vanilla Bean
- Hawaiian Sandalwood
The combination of oils that compose Serenity allow for a sort of rebooting in your brain, supporting normal melatonin functioning, which is responsible for your sleep-wake cycle. When melatonin is stabilized, your sleep is plentiful and your pendulum is able to find its equilibrium.
With sleep regulated, you can focus on balancing other aspects of your life. Again, a useful tool is utilizing essential oils for balance—like doTERRA Balance® oil.
Oils with an earthy, wood-like aroma possess calming properties. Frankincense, for example, has been shown to be effective in reducing anxious thoughts. This is because it is a grounding oil because the tree it is derived from grows its roots deep into the earth. These roots support the tree through even the most treacherous weathering, and it will do the same for you.
Balance contains the following oils:
- Spruce Needle
- Ho Wood
- Blue Tansy
- Blue Chamomile
The wood-like aroma of Balance will calm you down, clear your mind, and help you find tranquility.
Whether you subscribe to the philosophy of yin and yang or not, balance is something we all seek to achieve. But, the feeling of imbalance is something we can each relate to. Life has a way of knocking us over, but with a little help from doTERRA, you can find the strength to stand tall, feet rooted to the earth, ready to withstand anything headed your way.