enchanted baths

Self-Love and Relaxation Milk Bath

Ingredients:

  • four parts powdered milk
  • one part baking soda
  • six drops lemon essential oil
  • ten drops chamomile essential oil
  • one part dried lemon peel
  • one part chamomile flowers.

Use this bath for:

  1. softening skin
  2. exfoliating skin
  3. aiding the healing of eczema and psoriasis
  4. calms acne
  5. hydrates skin without making it oily
  6. soothes sore muscles
  7. conditions hair
  8. encourages peace and calm
  9. promotes self love
  10. helps with astral projection
  11. good for after doing tiresome mental or physical work
  12. invigorates throat chakra.

Goddess Bath Ritual

Combine:

  • A handful of sea salt
  • A handful of epsom salts
  • 3 crushed up dried red rose petals
  • Essential oil of sweet orange
  • Essential oil of rose
  • Essential oil of jasmine
  • Some (body safe!) glitter
  • A dash of cinnamon

Grind together while envisioning a good self image for yourself.

You will need:

  1. The salts you just made
  2. Several gold, pink or white candles
  3. Items you find pretty
  4. Dragon’s Blood incense
  5. A small mirror
  6. Lotion you like
  7. A great, empowering, playlist (optional)

Bathe at night, if possible, doing your bath exclusively by candlelight – everyone looks great in candlelight. Add some items to the rim of my tub that you find beautiful: a comparison to the beauty you wish to embody. These can be anything; gemstones, antique trinkets or jewelry. Light some Dragon’s Blood incense to increase the potency of the spell. Draw a warm bath, then add the salts.

Get in your bath and soak for a little while, thinking about your intent. Make sure to get as much of your body into the bath as possible, let it envelop your body and envision yourself transforming your self esteem into strength, courage, beauty and positivity.

 Right before you get out of the bath, take your mirror and look at yourself in the reflection while you imagine any “imperfections” you may see becoming less visible, then disappearing altogether. Say something empowering like (my personal favorite) “I am worthy and empowered” , or “I am beautiful in my uniqueness” and give yourself a kiss the surface of your mirror, then put the mirror away. Get out of your bath and let yourself air-dry if possible. Lock in that moisture from your bath with a sweet-smelling lotion. You’re finished and absolutely gorgeous!

Inspiration Bath

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  • 10 drops bergamot oil
  • 8 drops lemon balm oil
  • 8 drops bay oil
  • 5 drops grapefruit oil

Add oils to a full tub of water and soak till cool. To inspire contentment, sharpen concentration and promote creativity.

for protesters and social justice warriors

A Spell to Recharge After Attending a Protest or Doing Social Justice Work

Materials:

  • A bowl of lukewarm water
  • Your favorite essential oil

To your bowl with lukewarm water, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. (Lavender is great for tranquility, while rose is good for love.) Place one palm up, facing the sky, and place one palm over the water, facing down.

With the face-up palm, begin to envision the universe’s energy coming into you. Feel it charging through you as a pure, white light. Say: I ask for the energy to stay active, healthy, and efficient. I ask to be replenished. I am a tower of strength and power.

Imagine that energy moving through you toward your other palm. Pour that white light into the water. When you feel you’ve sufficiently charged the water, wash your hands in it, rubbing them carefully together, making it a point to care for your body. Enjoy this moment for yourself, and repeat whenever you need to recharge your energies lost to resistance work.

A Mood Board Ritual for Making Things Happen

Need to rejuvenate your life in some way? You don’t have to wait until New Year’s Eve to make a resolution. Maybe you need to revamp your closet or work on developing a new, more confident you after scoring a big-deal job. Maybe you just need to stop using social media for a while.

In this moon-shattering ritual, you’ll make a magical mood board that will help you pull your ideas and inspirations together. It will help you meditate on your ideas and integrate them into your day-to-day life.

Materials:

  • Magazines, books, tarot cards, or any visual images of your archetype; pen and paper work too
  • Paper and glue, or a photo album
  • Yellow candle

Look through magazines, books, and other media. Find images that represent your goal or your ideal self. If you can’t find the right images, you can also draw them. If you’re looking to amp up your confidence, you might cut out pictures of people who deliver serious fierceness. You might print out an image of a tarot card that represents an archetype that inspires you.

Once you’ve collected these images, put them together as a mood board. You can paste them onto a piece of paper or arrange them in a photo album that can be your own magical flip book.

Add to your mood board as often as you want, and dazzle it up with glitter, flower petals, poems, or anything else that speaks to you.

Supercharge your manifesting by lighting a yellow candle beside your mood board during the new moon. Concentrate on the flame. Think about what inspires you and visualize the small changes that can make your mood board self come to life. Hold these thoughts in your mind each time you add to your board.

Put your mood board in the moon’s light to charge. Turn to it whenever you need a little dose of your own magic.

Meditation: Compassion For Suffering Of Injustice

Aware of breathing in, aware of breathing out (essentially using the gathas of Thich Nhat Hanh)

Aware of body, releasing tensions

Aware of heart, opening heart, tenderness to heart

Aware of emotions, holding in compassion, smiling, easing/releasing with breath

Notice own suffering of injustice – be aware, notice how it manifests in body, emotions,

Hold this suffering in compassion, ease suffering with breath –

Be aware of this suffering as a pattern in the world– visualize how it affects many people, take in this pattern of suffering, hold in compassion, send ease, wish for relief (akin to Tonglen practice)

Notice suffering of marginalized people…what are you aware of? See specifics, feel in your body, emotions, hold in compassion, send ease and relief in your mind…

Return to awareness of breath, ease, release of tension

Notice suffering of privileged people…see specifics…guilt, disconnection, feel this energy, hold in compassion, release, ease, send relief

Share what came up with a partner – listen deeply with complete acceptance.

Return to discussion with group: what did you notice, realize?

Brief meditation/reflection:

Return to awareness of breath, body, heart

Coming from the awareness of this evening, what are your deepest intentions for addressing the suffering of injustice? What step might you take? How does this feel in your body, emotions?

Closing: what are you carrying forth from this evening?

By Susal Stebbins Collins, M.A.

Loving Kindness Meditation

This exercise draws on a guided meditation created by researcher Emma Seppala, Science Director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education

Some Mental Health Ideas If You Are Stressed Out About Politics And World Events

While it often feels like there is no end to political madness, not all hope is lost: Your stress can be managed with a few mindful steps.

  1. Practice Self-Care
    Get 8 hours a night, eat nutritious food, and exercise. A regular sleep cycle can keep your mood regulated and decrease the risk of depression. Don’t underestimate the power of a good nap! Eating well-balanced, nutritious meals and getting at least 30 minutes of exercise or even a brisk walk every day can reduce stress hormones and increase endorphin production, boosting your overall mood and energy level.
  2. Leave The Table
    Political debates with family members, coworkers, and friends can often get heated and strain relationships. If it’s starting to get tense, leave the table/room for a bit and calm down, maybe even change the topic, or redirect the conversation when you come back. Conversations like that can hit a wall of no return if the conversation doesn’t stop before its boiling point. You can always come back to the conversation at a later date if you need or want to.
  3. Unplug, Disconnect then Reconnect
    I know, I know, it’s important to stay informed, it’s but it’s also important to know your limits. Scrolling through your news feed can leave you feeling exhausted, frustrated, anxious and overwhelmed, I know it can get to me. Take a break and unplug. Set aside a certain amount of time in the day specifically for news, politics and even those kinds of conversations with people, even casual ones. Give yourself a limit on how much time you spend protesting, campaigning, planning, etc….
  4. Take Action
    Don’t let yourself feel powerless, its unhealthy. It’s important during times of uncertainty to remember that you have a voice, use it. Join a local political organization, join a well organized non-violent protest, campaigning for a cause, get involved in the political process and/or volunteer. Direct action can empower you and cause you to feel hope for the future!
  5. Be Open To Hear All Sides
    Understanding the other side can help you see where and why they feel how they do. Shouting won’t do that. And we all need to understand why they feel how they do, it’s the only way to know how to navigate change. When talking to people who share opinions different from yours, try to listen objectively and show compassion for their points of view. Now not all points of view will necessarily lead you to feel compassion but this should always be the starting ground to change and resolution.

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confession…

I suck at mornings and I suck at consistency. So I am tackling both at the same time I Started drinking my shakes again today (pumpkin spice with cinnamon) and a new workout, Morning Meltdown with Jericho McMattews. It’s intermediate but it can be modified. I always before, procrastinated doing any workouts till night time. My reasoning? I don’t get motivated till night time to workout.


But I thought, maybe if I get up early and get my workout done first thing in the morning, maybe I’ll actually get motivated earlier. Maybe that workout will energize me way more than my two cups of coffee and a bagel in the morning, hmmm…Lately I’ve been working at flipping the narrative on a lot of things to work from a standpoint of positivity because: 🌞it’s a healthier mindset 🌞it leads to better productivity 🌞it switches your thoughts from being down the rabbit hole and into actual solution solving 🌞and, it feels better to be happier (way to state the obvious Susan 😂)


My sweet brilliant husband has always told me that negative thinking is a waster of time. And my spirituality says that negative thinking is just another form of serious negative attachment. As a healer and one who takes care of people and lifts them up, I’m terrible at doing it for myself and that has to change! And while positive thinking may not create the results I want allllll the time. It CAN and will change my perception of the outcome and the actions I take afterwards. Positive thinking will allow me to say, “ok that didn’t work, let’s try something else”, rather than, “I give up”. I am far from perfecting this way of flipping the narrative but I think it’s like a muscle it has to be worked on to change the muscle and to keep the muscle strong. Here is the meditation I’ve been using lately!

Mindful Meditation

A very simple, non intimidating way to start meditating for awareness and more positive thought is this: simply sit, close your eyes and breathe in and out consciously. As you breathe in, repeat in your mind “I know I’m breathing in”. As you breathe out, repeat in your mind “I know I’m breathing out”.
That’s all. It gives your mind something to do while you consciously breathe and slow down. Do this for 5-10 minutes. As soon as a negative thought arises (which it will), just bring the mind back to “I know I’m breathing in… I know I’m breathing out”.


It’s helped me during times when my mind is so wound up and spiraling down that rabbit hole to center myself and stop the negative thought cycle. It will help develop mindfulness to be carried through ther day, as well as develop the skill of connecting to your “conscious mind” or the “mind behind your mind” that perceives your thinking.


ps… I realized, wow I got my workout done and now if I feel like it I can toss in another or work on my run training again!!

Have a happy
🌞
Monday everyone!

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