There’s an amazing commercial from the 1970s that perfectly illustrates the message we’d like to send to the world. It was created by Coca-Cola in 1978 and features a group of beautiful, multi-cultural people holding Cokes and signing, “I’d like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony…” And so would we. With the advent of social media and 24/7 newsreels glossing over the good stories to share more of the bad, we worry. We wish for peace, shake our heads and wonder how we can live happy when the world seems so at odds.

The simple truth is, we can’t do much about the “world” at large. We can’t influence nations and change negative perceptions, but we CAN work within ourselves and bring more peace to those we share our lives with.

 

Where do we start?

Build community and seek connectivity—which stems from learning to accept one another, simply as we are.

If the idea of talking to a stranger – or better yet, a group of strangers – makes you uneasy. Stop and consider why.  What emotions surface? Excitement? Interest? Fear? Hesitation? Insecurity? Judgment? There’s nothing wrong with any of these feelings – our bodies are chemically wired to make quick decisions and become alert to situations that are unfamiliar. But allowing ourselves to remain in states of anxiousness can hinder us from making beautiful new friends and new connections.

 

Finding Help in Essential Oils  

A favorite essential oil for support with feeling unsafe, which often manifests as separateness or reclusiveness, is Cedarwood – the Oil of Community. “Cedarwood brings people together to experience the strength and value of community.*” Those who struggle to form bonds within social groups, possibly due to an overdeveloped sense of individuality or self-reliance, can benefit from Cedarwood. If you feel lonely, antisocial, or disconnected from the human family, reach for a bottle. Set a daily intention to overcome the fear or hesitation you experience with strangers, and then diffuse Cedarwood as support. Try it topically with a carrier oil over the heart and back of the neck, then be brave. Beautiful new relationships await.

*Emotions & Essential Oils.