By Lorien Waldron
“It is through the alignment of the body that I discovered the alignment of my mind, self, and intelligence.” — B.K.S. Iyengar
To have love to share, we first must cultivate a juicy bank account of love inside of ourselves. Sometimes this is easier said than done as when there are a million things to be done including children to feed, emails to respond to, appointments to fit in and a plethora of other activities surrounding our day-to-day routine, it can sometimes feel impossible to make time for self, not to mention the practice of some juicy self-care practices to cultivate greater self-love.
This is where the power of setting yourself up with a few simple daily rituals to support you, your yoga practice and your self-love bank account can make your life a lot easier, more abundant, fulfilling and delicious! There is no limit to the amount of daily rituals you can seamlessly weave into your day. You most likely already have a whole bunch such as showering, brushing your teeth and making your morning cup of tea, coffee or green smoothie. Rituals are everywhere in our life. Often times we can view the things we have to do each day as chores, rather than seeing them as daily devotions. Everything we do — from taking the rubbish out to dropping the children at school to brushing our hair — all of these seemingly mundane daily tasks are necessary for optimum function in life, therefore they are equally as sacred and important as lighting incense and candles for morning meditation. To find the sacred in the mundane in life allows each waking moment of our lives to be experienced as a meditation and divine gift, rather than just the moments when we are on our meditation cushion or yoga mat.
Your body is a miracle and through viewing your daily self-care practices as sacred rituals rather than chores, your ability to cultivate lasting self-love will be increased ten-fold and, before you know it, your self-love cup will be bubbling over the edges with beauty, love, abundance and inner peace, all over the place!
Rituals are magical as they allow us to honour what is sacred. Devoting 10-20 minutes of your time morning and night to some sacred you time is all it takes. Your body is a sacred temple. When you love your body, it will love you back ten-fold. Try these simple rituals for cultivating more self-love on a daily basis.
The seven-minute morning massage
Warm a small bottle of cold-pressed black sesame oil or coconut oil in hot water and massage your whole body for 5-10 minutes before having a shower to move your lymphatic system, boost your immune system, hydrate your skin and give your beautiful body some juicy self-care and love.
Nourish your mind and spirit daily with stillness, surrender and connection. A daily practice of your own form of prayer and meditation is nourishing, nurturing and powerful for cultivating a deeper relationship of understanding and compassion with yourself and life.
Create your day
Set intentions at the start of each day to create a direction that inspires you. We attract what we put out. Start your day with clarity and focus for your body, mind and spirit. Explore and discover what it is you wish to bring about in your life and start each day with that in your focus.
Massage your feet
Make a habit of massaging your feet with an organic non-toxic body cream, body butter or sesame oil each night before bed. The reflex points in the feet have the power to relax your whole nervous system, which leads to a deeper sleep and soft beautiful feet. Giving to yourself through loving touch is a great way to deepen your connection with your body.
Journal and let go
Mental digestion is just as important as physical digestion. Write your thoughts down, expressing your feelings and reflecting on the day before you go to bed. This practice is powerful for receiving guidance that will assist you and prevent stress from building up. Treat your journal time like having a conversation with your best friend. To cultivate a long and lasting relationship with your self, communication is so important.
Finally, choose to be your own best friend. Spend time with yourself, give love to yourself and choose to nurture your body, mind and spirit with your own kindness and love. Just like any new relationship, it can take time to build a solid connection of deep understanding and love. Be patient, be generous and create time for this new relationship in your daily life. The most important relationship you will ever have in life is with yourself so have fun with it and choose to make your self-love rituals a daily, sacred devotion.
About the author:
Lorien Waldron is an Ayurvedic health and lifestyle consultant who works on physical and energetic levels, believing in a holistic approach to health. She is a yoga and cooking teacher with a passion for organic wholefoods, plant-based nutrition, digestive health and intuitive eating. She is the founder of Wholesome Loving Goodness and author of e-Book, Simple Ayurveda in the Kitchen. Check out wholesomelovinggoodness.com