Emotionally, the wintertime and especially holiday time, can leave us feeling frazzled, spread thin, and like our time is not our own. To attain some balance I encourage you to practice slowing down, resting up and tapping into your intuition. In order to do that, we need to create a bit of space for ourselves to just be -- and we need to practice saying NO.
It can be challenging to say no. We don't want to disappoint, or miss out on the fun, or close the door on an opportunity. But if we are spread too thin, we simply cannot bring our best selves to the table, and we begin to feel like we don't have enough. We don't have enough time, energy, resources--to make it through--and that is a lousy way to feel!
Say NO to those things that don’t light you up-up-up! There are thousands of distractions available to you everyday--thousands! Be a rebel, listen to your body and say no at those times when it is not a spine-tingling, gut warming --YES!
Then, practice listening to those beautiful YES moments -- those sweet little sparks that you are eager to watch grow. I find that water is very helpful when trying to tap into intuition. Water allows us to soften. Water helps to dissolve those things that no longer serve. Water is patient. Water is powerful. Embracing these qualities of water is great therapy, especially in the wintertime (Vata time of the year) when it is colder, drier, and we tend to constrict in order to create warmth. Water helps us to feel held and completely enveloped, whether we are drinking a cup of tea, listening to the sounds of a rushing river, or sinking our bods into a nice hot bath.
To celebrate saying NO and cultivating your sweet, supple intuition, I say treat yourself to a delicious herbal bath.
I made this super tasty herbal bath at a moon medicine class I participated in at Wild Craft Studio School. We called is a psychic bath, and it was!
You will need:
- 1/2 cup Dead sea salts (those green ones were amazing and so softening)
- 3/4 cup Epsom salts
- 2 T dried Mugwort - for psychic dreaming!
- 2 T Yarrow - to establish boundaries and provide protection
- Hand full of Pine Needles - to provide a sense of place and clarity to perception
- 1/2 cup Chamomile Flower - to relax the belly and to tap into that gut wisdom (and to feel like you are steeping in a dreamy tea!)
Dump it all into your bath and let your heart and mind take you where it is ready to go. This is a delicious way to care for yourself this season. Let the water soften and dissolve all that you are ready to let go of, and bring clarity to all that you are ready to embrace.
Remember, when you give yourself the care that you need and the space to cultivate what you deeply desire, you radiate light to all of those around you--and that is a beautiful thing!
So...have the courage to say NO. To disappoint, (it will be temporary). To trust that a door meant to be open will not close.
And sink into some beautiful self-care this holiday season...