Improving my general Well-Being was and still is part of my New Year's resolution. One wonder treatment that you hear me recommending every single day in my practise is the Epsom Salt bath.
The physical benefits are immediate, your muscles feel more relaxed and the body feels less sore. The mind benefits too and it's guaranteed that you will get a better sleep.
I do it as a Ritual, a moment to connect with the "self" in a safe environment with elements that will nourish the body and soul. Ensuring that my bathroom is warm and cosy surrounded by soft candle lights and soothing music, I fill my bathtub with warm water and epsom salts. Depending on how I feel I might add some drops of essential oils. (I love rose, sandalwood or lemongrass). When I immerse myself in that elixir that's it...no more interruptions because that moment is mine. For 20m to 30m I just let my mind wander as I soak my aches and pains and let the water work its magic.
I recently read a delightful book by Shonagh Home called IX Chel Wisdom, which describes the 7 Teachings from the Mayan Sacred Feminine. This book was written as a love letter for women. Full of ancient Mayan wisdom, it is an inspiration for us women to love and honor ourselves and our bodies. And it contains teachings about the magic of the body and its ability to manifest and heal.
Read the following "Teaching" that was passed on to the author by the Maya Goddess Ix Chel. Try a bath (as recommended try the seven baths in between full moons) and feel its power in yourself and let me know the difference.
"Treat yourselves to the newness of discovery you do not truly understand the magic your body holds. It is in this connection to the magic that communion with Divine Love can occur. Light fills every cell in the body. Every cell is precious and a universe unto itself. Therefore, the body represents a cosmic temple - a place for the Divine to reside. Upkeep requires simple love and nurturing - qualities of the feminine that must be brought forward again.
Conditioning through life has dulled the awareness of the brilliance your bodies contain. Disregard for the body has broken the feminine heart. Perceived flaws, misgivings, and self-hatred pervade the feminine consciousness, and illness finds a home in your shattered bodies. The key to your happiness on earth is revealed when you discover the magic your body carries.
"You are walking goddesses. Adorn yourselves. Take the time necessary to love your body. Feed the beauty that lives in you through the portal of ritual.
"Begin by engaging the water elemental. Draw a bath and infuse it with oils, with scent, with salt from the sea. Bring in the fire elemental with candles. Lie in the this bath and let the water draw out all your sorrows, all your hatred, all your fear. Feel the loving embrace of water holding your body, enveloping every inch in its healing fluid.
"Water makes no distinctions when it surrounds your body. No part of you is deemed unworthy of its caress. Meditate on this. The water takes in all of you. Every sacred insch of your flesh it caresses.
"Engage in conversation with the water elemental. She is a great healer and will offer you comfort and wisdom. Take the time necessary to create this ritual of self-love. Do this seven times between the full moons. A transformation will occur within you. Engagement with an ancient consciousness you all hold will develop over time.
"Through this simple offering to yourself you will open a chamber filled with memory. The water opens the inner doorways. immerse your luscious,sensual, sacred bodies into her depths."
"In Lak Ech"
Home, Shonagh. (2010).IX Chel Wisdom - 7 Teachings from the Mayan Sacred Feminine. Redmond, IX Chel Publishing