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Bath as Sanctuary

The time we spend in our baths, our showers, and in front of our mirrors at our sinks is a kind of retreat we take every day. That time is a step back, usually alone time, before we step out into the world. We can treat it as a duty and a hassle or we can make that time spent in communion with our bodies as a ritual.

Rituals are processes we set up to create structure and meaning. We include people, places, objects, and time and from that we make magic. Our bathroom rituals can enhance our sense of ourselves as the creators of our own experiences and our own realities.

Intention brings us into ritual. When we do things like place a few drops of our favorite essential oil into a diffuser before we start the water in the sink, we elevate the process. We can also bring in nourishment like water infused with lemon to both reward our senses and take good care of our bodies. Music or chanting or even an inspiring audio book can round out our bath time.

Then create a simple cleansing system that feeds our skin and gives us sensory pleasure. Start with cleansing - using the right cleanser for the time of year, your skin type, or your preference: De-Stress Foaming Cleanser or Gentle Hydrating Cleansing Cream. Follow that with an exfoliator a few times a week - Gentle AHA Daily Exfoliator will do the trick. Finally, give yourself a face massage with Super Antioxidant Glow Oil. Massage can be just a gentle touch or you can look into Ayurvedic facial massage or acupressure facial massage as a way to do deep self-care.

Some days, we are going to need to cut it short in the wash and brush department. But most days, we can take the time to add enchantment and pleasure to the simple things we do to care for ourselves. In other words, we can step in so when we step out we are just a little bit different: more kind to ourselves, more accepting of our bodies, and more aware of our connection to the world around us.

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