Morning Ritual

Rituals are grounding.  They give us a space to pause and reflect; a place to put our happy and sad emotions and every one in between.  

I start my mornings with a very simple ritual:

Reading a chapter in whatever book I'm devouring while sipping 1 cup of coffee out of my favorite mug. 

That's it. Nothing crazy, no chants, nothing mystical, no big time commitment. Just a pause before the day begins to ground myself in something that brings me great pleasure.  Something I can hold onto all day. Even if everything else turns to hell, This. Was. Good.

Stacked day after day, that's a lot of good to hang on to. Because I think we often run right past the good.  Good doesn't always make you stop and say "thank you" like bad makes you stop and say "why me".

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Detox Bath

Soothing Sundays are back! 

I've been busy practicing some radical self care. One part of that has been taking detox baths.  I'd heard of these awhile ago and thought they were just snake oil, but my health coach gave me a simple recipe that seems to work.  

Simple Detox Bath

1 lb Baking Soda

1 lb Sea Salt

1 lb Epsom Salts

This works out to roughly 2 cups each per ingredient.  Steer clear of adding essential oils or fragrances.  Use bath water as hot as you can stand and try to stay in it for at least 30 minutes. The longer the better.*

I find I feel energized when I complete one of these.  Leave me a note in the comments if you like and let me know how it goes for you.  


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*As always, consult your doctor before trying any new snake oil. ;-)

Phone a Friend

Am I alone in being hesitant to call people I've been out of touch with? Or scared to answer the phone when they call me?* 

Time passes, you don't hear from each other. Time morphs into a scary beast - intent on telling you that that they don't care, don't miss you, you're not enough.   

Then, you suck it, phone a friend, and chat for an hour.

You realize that, they were just you.

They were a bit overwhelmed with the day to you.

They were doing their best to keep in touch with scattered family and you. 

They love you...and you love them. And talking makes you immensely more connected to the world, your history and your life.  

This week, pick up that phone.

*granted talking on the phone has always been akin to waterboarding for me. As a kid, I used to hide when the phone would ring. As an adult, I make good use of the "Do Not Disturb" function on the iPhone.