What is a body ritual?
If you’re a human being walking around on planet earth, chances are you’ve caught yourself comparing yourself to others. While self-care can easily be dumbed down to just another hashtag, we strongly believe in the substance behind its practice.
The ritual act of caring for your body is not a new product that can be bought. Self-care is a feeling inherent to our character, and as we progress through the winter holiday season, it is especially important now.
The practice of mindful self-care rituals echo in our everyday behaviours and by extent, the virtue we put into the world.
We’re not doing enough. We’re not wealthy. We don’t have the things we desire.
We are not satisfied.
We’re scrolling through media feeds and stories and photos of friends-of-friends. Vacation pics, great makeup, cute cats, the perfect buddha bowl. We feel ashamed because we need to constantly improve ourselves, and sometimes we fall short. We want to smile more, get out more, and we want a bubble bath that looks just like that sponsored post on Instagram.
We wonder, then, if we’re being selfish for the simple act of wanting. In this world of persistent “#selfcare #goals,” we feel worse.
We’re not selfish. We’re not flawed. We are enough.
While this something we can skim in a blog, how can we actually convince our brains to believe it? Life is complicated; the choice to love ourselves is not achieved just by uttering magic words. How can self-love become an intrinsic outlook, a mode of being, rather than a foggy concept and the occasional bubble bath?
Well, this takes practice. Lots, and lots of practice.
Wren, of Kolya’s botanical apothecary, is well-versed in the power of positive affirmations and the journey towards self love. Wren likes to pamper themselves with quality body products they’ve made themselves, and we’ve included special recipes below.
Use these recipes in conjunction with a self-care ritual. Wren uses the Five Flower Body Oil on pulse points at times of low energy, or at the start or end of their day. Kolya’s Whipped Body Butter, similarly, can be used whenever the skin needs an extra dose of attention.
They are paired with a moment of positive affirmation: speak a mantra that echoes your worth as you are right now. It may feel silly at first, so start simply, or do something else that resonates with you and you alone. This is not for “likes” or “re-tweets,” this is for you.
While we don’t need to buy anything from anyone (including us) to practice self-care, we’ve compiled two of our favourite DIY recipes for body care to be used in conjunction with a positive winter body ritual.
This holiday season, we support winter body rituals for self care. We encourage each other to look for satisfaction in ourselves rather than satisfaction in yet another big purchase. Positive intentions lead to positive behaviour: it re-routes our energy to the here and now. The result is a shift towards more thoughtful, more loving experiences in our everyday lives.
How do you practice positive intention and gratitude? Let us know. We’re listening.
My energy is my own.
I honour my own needs.
I am the light.