Ask yourself this question. How do I love and nurture myself on a daily basis?
Do you indulge yourself with an occasional luxurious item or do you make do with any old thing? Like Oprah says, “Love is in the details.” Loving and nurturing yourself in small but meaningful ways can open up many possibilities for pleasure that enrich your daily experience and make your life more joyful. I’m not implying that you should spend beyond your means, but what I’m hoping is that you will indulge yourself with an occasion extravagant pleasure. How about that cashmere sweater that is as soft as a kitten, and will give you years of pleasure. Or what about those 400 count Egyptian cotton sheets you’ve been dreaming of?
One of my favorite indulgences is buying a bottle of precious rose absolute essential oil. After cleansing my face, I anoint my skin with a rich blend of rose mixed with jojoba oil. I inhale the magnificent aroma while massaging it into my skin knowing that it took 30 roses to extract a single drop of rose oil! Using it daily on my skin reminds me how precious I am.
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Opening up all of our senses reminds me of how we were as children: wild, spontaneous, curious, honest and joyful. We lived in the moment and time was slowed down. We laughed easily and cried unabashedly. The simplest things gave us a thrill. We swam in cold water, walked through puddles in the rain, squished mud through our toes and picked up caterpillars. We experienced all of life through our senses.
Living in cities as many of us do, we have lost touch with the natural rhythms of the seasons. We breathe piped in air that’s deodorized with noxious air fresheners and walk out into polluted air. We walk on concrete and rarely do our feet rest on the velvety texture of cool, green grass. We eat fast food and hit the sofa to channel surf for our favorite TV show. We go to bed without having seen the sun set or the moon rise or the stars shine. Children play by sitting in front of a video screen shooting up some enemy combatant and rarely play outside. Is it any wonder why we are feeling so dead and empty inside?
We are part of the natural world and she beckons to us to celebrate and revel in her perfection. She nourishes and fills us up in ways that leave us content and peaceful. She heals us of our pain and restores us to our true self. Why are we drawn to the beauty of the ocean, the majesty of the mountains and the quiet of the forest? We are as elemental as every aspect of nature and some part of us knows and recognizes this. We knew it as children and we long to merge with that power again.