I have always loved the element of water, and I love to bathe. There is nothing quite like sinking into soothing warm fragrant water.
Some of my most treasured moments have been when dancing alone in nature. I have shared a secret ecstasy with the forest in California, with the cliffs in Greece and with the sea in Israel.
If I am feeling glum, disconnected, tired, cranky or out of sorts, this little practice can nourish, soothe and bathe me in good feelings quickly and easily.
In this in-between time that we find ourselves in collectively, so much lands on top of the normal challenges of life. It can feel tempting to look for answers outside of ourselves.
There are so many amazing resources and zoom calls happening with tips on how to stay resourced and regulated. But lately, I’ve felt a little overwhelmed by it all. I’ve found myself needing to return to simplicity and create a pause amidst the noise.
Here is a grounding practice I do that has been an anchor for me through life, a way to stabilize my body and open to receive the infinite resources of Earth.
For many years, I have been totally in love with mantras and sacred texts as a way of tuning into a deeper wisdom and greater awareness.
I found myself less and less interested in all the seductive stuff happening “out there”, and my life began to orient towards what truly mattered to me.
The practice of intentionally warming my heart center came to me at a time when I felt a desire to consciously open my heart to receive more love.
As a longtime yogini, I was surprised (and I must admit a little embarrassed) when I first began to develop the symptoms of an anxiety disorder.
One of the oldest rituals of self-care in Ayurveda is the “abhyanga” or oil self-massage. Taking time each day or a few days a week to nourish the skin has tremendous benefits for circulation, hormonal balance, stress relief and adds a beautiful glow to your skin.
I began this practice when I was going through an extremely traumatic and stressful time in my life, and I needed all the help I could get to keep myself calm, self-soothed and self-regulated. Whenever I felt myself getting stressed or overwhelmed, I would take a deep breath and say this mantra to myself and it would remind me of my commitment of keeping a calm nervous system as my first priority.
A recipe for green smoothies by Chameli