To Bathe in Health

Pamela Laurence is a healer. She is a leading holistic lifestyle educator. She can be reached at faceyourself.com or Pamela@faceyourself

Pamela Laurence is a healer.
She is a leading holistic lifestyle educator. She can be reached at faceyourself.com or Pamela@faceyourself

By Pamela Laurence

Imagine a private, special place with a warm, secret pool and waterfall where you bathe your tired body. A place with a stone niche nearby holding natural flowers, roots and oils you use to cleanse and nourish your body, mind and soul. Imagine, too, the soft sounds of happy birds and a faint, fresh breeze which touches your heart as you gaze into your reflecting pond allowing your mind’s thoughts to drift away.

Imagine as you step from your secret spa, you dry and wrap yourself with the warmth of the soft, absorbent cloth that you left hanging in a nearby spot. Your feet are secure and grounded on the earth. Refreshed and in balance again, you move aside the door of branches - joyfully ready to face the world recharged.

What is your bathroom like? Is it a room where you care to spend relaxed, unhurried time or is it a place to get into, do your business and get out? When you shower or bathe, do you do it as a chore such as taking out the garbage? Is there harsh lighting or florescent light casting a blue pallor over your skin? Do you feel cramped and unable to move comfortably in your bathroom space?

Most bathrooms have the toilet right next to the tub or sink. If I had my choice, I would put toilets and bidets in separate rooms off the “bath” room, for I see two completely separate functions here. Elimination is a normal, healthy body function where we release and let go, yet why do we have to have it in our face while we bathe? The toilet is quite a downward energy drain that when seen from tubs, showers or the hallways of our home can, on a subtle level, pull our energy down. I advise you to put a small screen in front of the toilet if there is space to screen it off from view.

At least keep your door to the bathroom closed, especially if you sleep in a room with the bathroom in view from your bed. A fun solution to the downward energy pull of the toilet is to place an object on the toilet tank that represents explosive energy such as a jar of un-popped popcorn or an unopened bottle of champagne, which will, on an unseen energy scale, counterbalance the energy drain.

I see showers, bathtubs and hot tubs as places for meditation, nurturing and wonderful sensuality as well as cleansing (this may be because I am more of a water personality). It is lovely to sit in your tub and feel the water cascading down upon you from the showerheads, washing the day away. There is nothing better than being bathed and lovingly sponged by a loved one - either a mother bathing a child or as lovers bathing each other. There are so many wonderful tubs and shower stalls to choose from. Pick colors that can reflect a soothing scene for you and sizes that fit your body (bodies) and budget. Chances are you drink a lot of bottled water with mindfulness toward your health. Your skin absorbs water too. Get your water checked and add a filter system if needed.

If you are feeling angry or fiery, take a shower or bath. Water puts out fire; bathing will calm you down! A real luxury is to have a hot tub outside in your garden where you can relax and watch the movie of the sky and treetops during all seasons.

Mirrors add to your reflection ponds. However, be mindful of what else the mirror is reflecting - the toilet? the dirty laundry pile? a corner of the moldy wallpaper? Speaking of mold - stay away from carpeting your bathroom floor. Choose a ceramic or stone/marble floor; just be careful of slipping on some of these surfaces when wet.

Ventilation is important in a bathroom. The best choice would be an old fashioned window that can be opened to let in the fresh air. Many ventilation fans are so assaulting to the senses making such a loud racket that you could never relax with that sound; feeling that perhaps, you too, will be sucked up into the vast unknown of the venting system.

I see sinks as nurturing areas where we can brush our teeth, wash our hands and shave. Freestanding sinks are very pretty yet don’t allow space around them for the tools of the trade, i.e. toothbrush, cups, shaving stuff, soap, washcloth and makeup. Beauty is important but function is even more important from a design perspective. Combining beauty and function is the quest. Surround yourself with natural sponges, candles, scented oils, sea salts and special goblets for wine or pure water.

Bathrooms can become your private getaway and nourishing spa. They are rooms to bathe and refresh your soul - allow the flow of the water’s cleansing properties to wash over you. I invite you to create sensual bathrooms and enjoy the art of bathing for yourself and your loved ones.

Living with Nature Spirits

by Pamela Laurence

Pamela Laurence is a healer. She is a leading holistic lifestyle educator. She can be reached at faceyourself.com or Pamela@faceyourself.

Pamela Laurence is a healer. She is a leading holistic lifestyle educator. She can be reached at faceyourself.com or Pamela@faceyourself.

Beloved elf and fairy
Jump and dance around
The trees and plants obliging
Not a care to be found.
The sunlight warms the clover
The rain puddles on the rose
Together the elf and fairy play,
As the gardens grow.

 

How does your garden grow? What is growing in your garden? Where does your garden grow? To live in balance with nature – that is our goal; that is our birthright! After all, we are natural beings. When we live in tune with the natural forces of our planet, we live a life of ease. Despite our fast-paced computer age, how many natural ways do you surround yourself? Or it might be easier to ask yourself how many artificial ways you surround yourself; artificial light, poor air quality, artificial flowers, foods, materials and surfaces. Look at your home as another layer of your skin. What is natural in your home?

Bring some fresh flowers to your dining table and to your nightstand. Cut them from your own gardens. The true scent and pure color of a real flowers have so much more life force and healthy vibrations to offer you over artificial plants and man-made aerosol or plug-in scents. Real flowers will aid in your digestion and sooth your sleep vs. that of an artificial flowers. Plus, you can also call upon the spirit of the flower to bless you and fill you with its essence of joy and serene beauty. Plants are very much alive and speak. They have a presence and a personality just as a pet or a person. Observe their color and shape; look closely and listen. There is one life force that flows in and through everything. By knowing this, plants can become a tool aiding your health and wellbeing.  

Try placing a plant in the center of your home or in a room with the intention to create a breath of vital, healthy life, thereby setting up a resonance between you and the plant. Plants pick up on your energy – that is why those who spend time talking and relating to their plants generally have happier and healthier plants and live a more relaxed life.

When you look to design your gardens or landscape, I invite you to start from your front door – standing from the inside! Open your door and windows and imagine what you would like to see each morning when you leave home. What plants and trees would you like to have greet you, inspire you and lift your energy for the day? Create a magical path to walk upon as you leave your home. Try to avoid getting into your car through your garage where you don’t experience fresh air, or any radiant faces of happy flowers and the fresh smells of nature. Too easily and for too many years, our society has been aimed toward technological development, which is not totally a bad thing. But, like everything else in life, we need balance.

There may be days when you need not experience the outdoors. With more and more roads, indoor parking lots, malls and office buildings, we are beginning to feel the effects of this imbalance, through stress related and immune type diseases. Trees remove gases, restore and supply oxygen, improve air and water quality, make topsoil, circulate moisture, reverse industrial impacts and offer a nice shade on a hot summer day. We need clean air to fill our lungs to breathe and survive. The Earth needs trees, which act like the planet’s lungs, to freshen the air we breathe. I encourage you to plant trees and shrubs – as many as you can. Support environmental programs and honor the nature spirits of air, wood, water and fire. If the trees don’t thrive and live a healthy, happy life, the nature spirits will not be able to dance and play and then “we” may go away.