Rituals For The Senses & Pleasurable Delights
I’m a lover of nature, beauty
and rituals that ignite the senses.
For that reason, I make it a priority to indulge in daily acts of love and rituals that warm my heart, soothes my body and feeds my Soul. These little pleasures infuse my day with joy, keep me grounded & present, allow me to pause + refresh and most of all, they ignite my creative energy.
And the beauty is, the more I indulge in these pleasurable delights, the more creative & productive I am throughout the day.
Here are some of my favorite little treasures that enhance the sacredness in my rituals & make my days ultimately more pleasurable…
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50 Ways To Say Your Awesome by Alexandra Franzen
A playful book by a wonderfully playful creative minx (the same minx that wrote this poem for me & my tribe).
The idea behind the book? Rip a page and send an awesomeness note to someone you love or admire.
The Ritual: light a candle, take out your favorite pen and write a love note to yourself, or a loved one. Infuse your words with love and kindness. Feeling uninspired? Flip through Alexandra’s book and fill in the blanks…
(Click on the images to learn more.)
The Inside Out Revolution by Michael Neill
Supercoach Michael Neill’s latest book is a must read for anyone who wants to dive deep and learn the secrets of the Universe that will forever change… you.
The Art of Attention by Elena Brower & Erica Jago
Beautiful photos (think Burning Man meets the zen of yoga) and creatively themed yoga sequences for the beginner or advanced yoga practitioner.
The Oracle Cards
Kuan Yin Oracle by Alana Fairchild
A powerful combination of stunning illustrations & intuitive wisdom by spiritual teacher Alana Fairchild. Thanks to Alana, Kuan Yin (Goddess of Compassion) is now my new best friend.
The Return of Spirit by Cheryl Lee Harnish
These cards are easy to use and the fractals are insanely beautiful. You can even download the app for your IPhone :)
The Ritual: Close your eyes and take a moment to centre yourself. Breathe in deeply, exhaling long and slow. Think of one burning question and shuffle the cards. Pick one or several cards and ponder the divine message. Tune in to your heart to feel if the message resonates true. Say a quick gratitude prayer for the oracle’s assistance and write any other insights you get during your day in a beautiful journal.
A friend gave me a pack of these acupressure balls and I use them constantly, especially if I’ve been sitting at the computer for too long. My fiancé loves that when I use my melt balls daily I don’t bug him as much for foot massages ;)
Manduka yoga mat
I always start or end my day on my Manduka mat for a soothing & grounding yoga practice. Without it I can barely focus…
The Ritual: Take a moment to do a few sun salutations to get the blood moving in your body or simply lay down on your back and close your eyes, relax your body (especially the shoulders) and connect with your breath. Feel free to savasana (deep relaxation) or even nap.
A classic Christmas gift here in Quebec: luxuriously soft handmade sheepskin slippers. Bonus: they’re made in Canada and are simply heaven for your feet :)
Kobo soy candles
Light a Kobo candle to bask your desk in glorious golden light & to enjoy the yummiest, soul soothing fragrance.
The Ritual: (This is an ancient meditation technique I learned from a spiritual teacher while travelling through Nepal.) Soften your eyelids as you gaze at the tip of the flame. Breathe. Stay here; in a moment all thoughts will have vanished away and you’ll be left with… serenity.
Altearah Organic Perfume
My naturopath got me hooked on Altearah’s organic, mood enhancing and energy purifying perfumes. Simply divine.
The Ritual: Choose a bottle of your favorite Altearah scent (these days mine is Creativity, the color orange for the second chakra) and spray the fragrance in your hands. Take 3 deep breathes and let the essence soothe your mind and uplift your Soul.
I work from home so I opt for ultra comfortable in my clothes. Yet, I still like to feel sexy and stylish (no baggy sweat pants for me :) so Lole is my go to brand for flattering leggings and luxuriously soft sweaters. Perfect for yoga and going to the spa!
We used to sell TONNES of Yoga Jeans back when I had my retail store & yoga studio. And with good reason, they’re the most comfortable jeans in the world. Period.
The Ritual: Slip on a pair of your favorite jeans and while looking in the mirror say to yourself : “Hey sexy, you look smokin’ hot! I adore you. MUAH!”
Deva Premal & Mitten
Deva & Mitten infuse love in their music and they travel the world to share their passion for mantras. Absolutely gorgeous music with a mystical East Indian twist yet produced in a modern way.
The Ritual: Enjoy a warm luxurious bath (in the middle of the afternoon for ultimate decadence) while listening to Deva Premal’s Password CD. Heavenly.
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