We've bid farewell to last year and welcomed the vibrant energy of 2011. As we continue to spiritually evolve, we seek faster, better, simpler ways of be-ing so we can enjoy serenity and clarity of thought. Even in a big city like Los Angeles, people are slowing the pace to settle into life changes that have taken place throughout the country. Colder weather, tighter budgets, a shifting workplace and political uncertainty come with a need to get quiet and listen for direction from a higher source as we plan for a future of a different design. Simplicity is key.
In the Bible, water is used to symbolize God's power, to receive the blessing of the Lord and for physical and spiritual cleansing. Jesus cautioned the Pharisees to be clean inside and out. Perhaps this is why bathing has become a cherished ritual in our quest for inner peace, balance and a closer connection to the divine. The healing power and ancient wisdom of water washes away fears and invites a deeper understanding of our place in the universe.
A languishing bath with scented bubbles, candles, burning oils and soft music may be a rare treat in one's crowded schedule. But bathing with a clear intent in a quick bath soak may serve just as well to sooth a harried spirit. Set your intention as desired and add one of these single-ingredient soaks for an amplified healing experience. Enjoy the curative properties of each.
- Soaking in 4-5 chamomile tea bags and ease into a deep sleep at the end of a busy day.
- Add 1-2 teaspoons of cold-pressed coconut oil to leave your skin soft and moist.
- 2 tablespoons of lavender buds or flower petals add luxury and sensuality to any bath.
- 1 1/2 tablespoons of freshly grated ginger makes a perfect pick-me-up, plus it relieves cold & flu symptoms.
- 1 cup apple cider vinegar is a great way to combat itchy skin.
- Fresh cut orange and lemon slices create a natural exfoliate in the bath, leaving your skin dewey and rejuvenated.
The Los Angeles Farmer's Market at 3rd and Fairfax is a great place to find a variety of bath and body, tea and other items to create a healing bath.