The Last Three YearsNow don't get me wrong, I know life is full of ups and downs and you're never going to float around on a high all the time but it seemed to me that for a long time now, despite having all the ingredients for joy - I just haven't been feeling it. So let's rewind three years, my husband and I weren't married yet but had decided that we would like to do so soon. My immediate family were dead set against it because of their own reasons which were basically based on fear and selfishness. I was ultimately forced to choose between my family and following my own life path, it wasn't an easy thing to go through!
I had just removed 5 layers of flooring, the orange tiles were the second layer!
My husband's eccentric style of DIY
The living room
I was removing the awful stone fireplace that dominated the room
The Importance of GratitudeYears ago, Oprah really pioneered the whole idea of a gratitude journal and the way gratitude can change your perspective on life. I love to write in a journal, for me, it's a great way of processing my thoughts and dealing with difficult times. So I'm no stranger to writing as a spiritual practice but I have tried keeping a gratitude journal and to be honest - it never really worked for me. The gratitude never reached me on a level that made any discernable difference. But I have tried something else which has worked and which I am very excited to share because every time I do this I feel filled up with light!
Gratitude PrayerI learnt the concept of this gratitude prayer from Suzanne Corbie and I love it because it can fill you with good vibes even when you're not feeling all that thankful! So let's say you've had a really bad day and can't think of a single thing to be thankful for, start like this: Thank you for my eyes, thank you for all the beauty I am able to see, thank you for the flowers I saw on my way to work this morning, thank you for my nose, thank you for the wonderful smells I can experience, thank you for my hands, thank you for all the things I am able to hold with my hands, thank you for the wonderful fluffy pillow on my sofa that I can stroke with my hands, thank you for the sofa I sit on, thank you for my home, thank you for giving me a roof over my head, thank you for the privacy and safety my home gives me, thank you for the friends and family that visit my home, thank you for all the people in my life who give me joy, thank you for keeping my loved ones safe......... So the prayer is basically a stream of conscious articulation of what you have to be thankful for. It helps if you say the prayer out loud. Start small with something you take for granted, like one of your five senses and keep going, listing one thing after another until you can actually FEEL the gratitude in your heart and you notice the beaming smile that has appeared on your face while talking. Or, if you have something big to be thankful for that day, start there and see where it takes you. I invite you to take a moment every day to remember everything you have to feel grateful for. Without gratitude, it's nearly impossible for us to fully open up to the great gifts and experiences the universe has in store for us.
Milky Bath RecipeIf you want to luxuriate in your own milky bath, try this:
- 1 cup Himalayan or Epsom Salt
- Half a cup of coconut milk
- A few drops of essential oil, try rose and frankincense.
- Fresh or dried rose petals (optional)
Start filling the tub with hot water, throw in the salt and coconut milk. When the bath is ready, add the essential oils and stir thoroughly to ensure the oils are fully dispersed. Add a sprinkle of fresh or dried rose petals for a little extra decadence. Immerse yourself in the water and relax by candlelight or enjoy a good book. Don't forget to have a tall glass of water on hand to keep yourself hydrated while you soak. If you have an exfoliating mitt, use it at the end of the bath, before you drain the water. Be careful while you're rinsing off and when you get out of the bath because the coconut milk will make the bath slippery - but it leaves your skin super soft and nourished