Smells! Oh the joy of scent. It has the potential to change your mood in a couple of minutes.
So on the approach to Christmas with so much to do, I decided today to close up the house and light candles, burn my Palo Santo stick and put a few drops on incense on my pillow. But yes, not all at once! Haha.
Our sense of smell can flip a worried mind on its head... so to speak!
Here's a couple of ideas for your home over the Christmas break:
1. Candles - small ones, big ones. Light them and begin to feel yourself unwind. Put one in the bathroom and run a relaxing bath, maybe place one beside your bed and create a little oasis with a great book. Tuck yourself in early and call it a night. Current favourites are Fig and Fennel and Maison Balzac. So good!
2. Palo Santo - I was given a stick of this at my very cute boutique up the road, Cherry Blossom. Its lovely to burn for a bit, blow out the flame and then inhale the scent of what I call "a walk in the forest". Its so gorgeous and very chilling.
3. Incense - my absolute favourite is Bodha Modern Wellness. They make smokeless incense sticks and you can choose from: Ground, Calm and Relax. They are TO DIE FOR.
4. Essential Oils - I like Doterra and the Perfect Potion. With oils I like to blend a few oils, and pop it in my diffuser or a few drops on my pillow or ... yes but wait there's more .... on the soles of your feet. Yup! Really.
5. Fragrant Oils - my absolute favourite are the offerings from Ayu. Check them out, they are divine and have their roots in Ayurveda. Warning, they are so good you might not ever buy another commercial perfume. Oh and another warning, you will have so many compliments that you'll feel more beautiful than you already are!
Hope you enjoyed this! Use your sense of smell, and relax.
Follow your own path.
Listen to your heart.
You need your heart to follow your path.
Your path is unique. But it takes time, trust, and surrendering to feel into it.
If you like Gardenias and coffee you might like this idea. I'm kind of just pulling apart your loves in a gentle way to show you how you can take what you love and show you how it can be a living practice. So, if you love this flower and you also enjoy your coffee, you might like to take yourself to the Botanical Gardens for a little excursion. Maybe you might buy a coffee on the way (keep cup please!) or prepare one from home and take that with you. Find your flowers, take a seat. Smell and soak in the scent of the flower, with your eyes look at the beauty contained in it, perhaps if its okay touch the petals (gently) and drink in it all. Enjoy the taste of your coffee, smell it too. And take a moment to enJOY. Consider setting an intention, or maybe read a poem, or say a little prayer. Perhaps offer up some gratitude for the opportunity to do this little sweet Bhakti Yoga.
In Melbourne this weekend I went to South Melbourne Market. I was so excited to go here and it was FAB. The smell, the noise of growers and makers talking about their wares, the small sweet Barista specialising in drip coffee made me so happy. Do what you love!!! These people are offering up the most delicious goods, fresh pastries, the most divine offerings from their hearts and I felt it in mine.
Here's a practice for you. Remember that it takes time and practice to listen to your heart.
Choose a candle or some incense.
Take a flower or crystal in the palm of your hand.
Find a comfortable cushion to sit on.
Let the back of your hands rest in your lap & close your eyes.
Slowly, softly begin to listen to the rhythm of your breath.
Relax your body, soften your lips and your ears.
Taking your time, bring your awareness to your heart.
Be here for a few minutes.
In time, slowly lift your flower or crystal to your heart.
Set an intention or say a little prayer, to follow your hearts wisdom.
Gently relax your head toward your heart,
and open your eyes.
Place your crystal or flower somewhere in your home or on your desk, so you will see it. And each day repeat your intention or prayer, to listen and follow your heart.
From Nayyirah Waheed:
You will find your way. It is in the same place as your heart.
Let me know how you go!
Happy happy, joy, joy! I love building practices that are simple and sweet that bring me into a state of reverence & devotion. This also leads to feeling a sense of contentment, which makes me feel so happy and joyous. And yes, you can find practices to bring these "feels" too.
My love of Ritual is pretty obvious if you know me, in reality or in social media (go to my instragrm page if you'd like some inspo, I'm sarasloves). I really enjoy taking things that are already in the house, or on the ground, and making little altars around my home. Thank goodness my husband "gets" me!
These little dots around my home, these little special arrangements encourage me to remember my practice and what and whom I hold dear. I read somewhere that if you don't live in an intentional way, that life will do it for you. There's certainly no shortage of choices; courses to do, books to buy and read, people to hang with, show's to watch, places to go, workshops to do. There's just a few for you, that I come across regularly.
And if you want to go a bit deeper, the Vedic text called the Bhagavad Gita encourages us to make the every day things we do sacred. That might be cooking, bathing, gardening. There's so many opportunities to practice life with some reverence and thread some of the sacred into it too.
Here's a few ideas for you, remembering its best to start with what your already "into" or "captured" by.
I love morning and evening ritual as they can set the scene for the start of the day, and the evening ritual is a nice way to wind off from the busyness of the day.
Here's a morning suggestion:
Find somewhere to sit, that feels nice.
Light a candle, signifying the illuminating of what you hold dear.
Place your hand on your heart, feel its warmth.
Take a handful of calm and easy breaths.
Read an inspiring quote, or passage from a book.
Sit with the words and impressions.
Place your palms together at your heart,
Smile, and take this into your day.
And an evening suggestion:
Go outside and lay beneath the night sky.
Cover yourself with blankets and get comfy.
Let your gaze rest on the evening sky,
and let the stars and landscape of the night come to you.
Inhale the evening air, breathing in the night sky.
Exhale and let go, release the the day away.
When you do these, flavour them with what you love. You may like to start the day lying down watching the morning sky change, with a cup of tea or coffee. Maybe you'd prefer to light incense instead of a candle. Or if your really into crystals, place one outside and let it soak up the night sky and then collect it in the morning and carry it with you during the day, reminding you of the qualities of the night; introspection, wonder, quiet.
I'd love to hear what your up to? What lights you up? What little practices bring a sense of joy and wonder into the everyday.