31 Days of Sensuality Day 12: Refresh and Replenish with Sacred Baths
There are days when I’m overcome with sadness, and I don’t want to get out of bed or interact with people. There are days when I don’t feel good about myself and depression and anxiety creep up on me. Even today – I’m challenging myself to write 31 articles in 31 days has me experiencing burnout. And when these days happen, I’m learning to accept how I feel, be in these emotions without judging myself, and slow down to actually feel them. This is actually a component of sensuality- being in tune with all of your feelings is a good thing. Our Beloved Toni Morrison said it best, “ I want to Feel What I feel, Even if It’s not Happiness.”
In this, I’m learning that it’s OK to not be OK.
In addition to therapy and doing physical activities, I’m able to pull myself out this state of feeling weary and worn down by taking a bath. And these baths are not ordinary baths, I really take my time in creating a sacred space for healing in the tub.
I fill my bathtub with hot, hot, water and I pour in a handful of Epson salt, a pinch of Lavender, then top it off with a sprinkle of almond oil. Then I blend together a special concoction of coconut milk, rosemary and ginger. Last I throw in rose petals, light rose scented candles and burn sage to clear out any energy that is not meant for me in the space. Then I get in and submerge my entire body ( including my face) in the water and just float in my floral scented stew.
I take these baths to ease my body, sweat out the toxins so to activate my lymphatic system, heal, restore and pray. This space becomes my sanctuary. In this, I mentally, ,physically, emotionally and spiritually cleanse myself.
I use my sacred space to laugh, cry, sing, think, unpack and ask myself , “What’s coming up for me?” and “Why do I feel this way?” Some days I get an answer and some days I don’t. Regardless, I feel relaxed and replenished when I get out. During my ceremonial baths I also say affirmations, meditate and focus my intentions on what I want to create. I move through this combination of releasing and filling myself with my own good thoughts for an hour or more. There’s something powerful and delicious about submerging yourself in a body of water filled with natural healing agents that amplify your senses and lift your spirits. Everytime I take a bath, I have a glow about myself that radiates from the inside out. Even other people notice a difference in me.
I recommend that you create your own “sacred bath” — it is an easy, inexpensive, and nurturing act that you can do whenever the need arises. Plus, you will smell like roses!