“We really need routines, so our reptilian brain isn’t on high alert/alarm mode all the time.“~Mira Binzen
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One of the throughlines to emerge from our exploration of not your typical self-care is the basic human need for routine, some sort of practical ritual that anchors us to calm even during life’s daily chaos.
Mira Binzen believes the power of practice lies in its rigor and discipline – two words the commercial well-being industry willfully ignores. “I think that’s where the word gets misunderstood or misused because everyone equates it with the bubble bath, and not many people equate it with the discipline that we need to get up when we need to get up to do what we committed to ourselves to do.”
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“I like to say it’s like yoga in a bottle.”~Mira Binzen
Mira has a keen understanding of the adjustments needed to return emotional, behavioral, and physiological systems to balance. As a yogi with a background in developmental therapy working with children who have sensory processing issues, aromatherapy is one of her favorite tools. The plants work on multiple levels. Whether misted in a diffuser or diluted in a carrier oil and applied topically to the body, the oils trigger specific systemic responses based on their ancient healing properties – think hot or cooling, calming or energizing.
Adolescents aren’t the only ones in need of self-regulation assistance these days. Most of us have spent the last year swinging from manic productive impulses to bone-deep lethargy. The use of oils and oil blends as part of long-range self-care practice works to even out those opposing drives.
There’s a science to scent, of course, but you don’t have to understand the process behind its power. Begin with what smells pleasing to you. “You already know,” says Mira, somehow addressing both essential oils and our intrinsic need to return to the rigor of our routines. “We don’t trust ourselves, or we wonder if we’re doing it right or enough, and you are. You are. Trust yourself.”
Listen to my original interview with Mira on episode 21: Effort and Surrender.
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Mentioned in this episode
Autobiography Of A Yogi (Revised) – by Paramahansa Yogananda and Yogananda Spontaneous Healing: How to Discover and Enhance Your Body’s Natural Ability to Maintain and Heal Itself – by Andrew Weil
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