Over the last couple of years, I have discovered the healing impact of oils on my body. They soothe my nervous system, nurture my body and my being and help me feel more grounded.
Water has always been my sanctuary. When I feel tired and crunchy, stressed, confused, achy or overloaded I find solace, healing, inspiration and renewal in her sweet embrace.
There was a part in me that could not accept this forecast, and this was the moment where I entered silence and turned inside myself. I was looking for another possibility.
As an “anytime-anywhere” tool, this practice brings calm to my body and a deep relaxation and exhale throughout my system.
Ever since the first time I came to know turmeric I have been in love with it. I remember when visiting India, I witnessed women drying turmeric on the roof next to my hostel, and how the earthy, unique fragrance reached me, and I instantly felt home.
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.