Love the speed and convenience of modern life but tired of the urgency and stress that comes with it? It’s a double-edged sword. For in the race to get to that next goal, one aspect that’s often erased is the practice of rituals.
Rituals have been around since time immemorial. And nowhere was this more important than in the act of bathing. In ancient times it was associated with purification and for soldiers, often valor. Following his great victory over the Persian King, Darius III, at the battle of Issus, Alexander the Great ordered his men “Let us now cleanse ourselves from the toils of war in the bath of Darius.”
The Romans took bathing to new heights, providing an experience that was usually accompanied by sweating, a scrub, massage and mandatory rest. At public baths food, scented oils and entertainment were also provided for it was a place for socializing and networking. The Romans loved their bathhouse as evident by the extensive decoration found on the ancient walls and ceilings – colorful frescoes and mosaics inspired by scenes from nature or celestial imagery complete with gold stars.
Even in today’s comparatively humble bathrooms, we can bring a little of that Roman sense of wonder by adding a ritual to our bathing routine.
This can be as simple as taking time to mindfully choose what fragrance you would like to indulge in. Would it be the calming notes of Geranium as in Aybury’s Reticent Hand Wash? Or the earthy, grounding notes of frankincense in our Limerence Body Wash.
Yet it could be more than that. It might just be making a weekly or daily commitment to yourself that this time – this bathing time - is just for you and it sets the intention that your body, your senses and your self-worth deserve a little regular self-care. This is the time to not only see that the dirt, grime and pollution is washed away but also the stresses that come with it.
And, yes, you will be renewed.
Think, too, whatever body wash you choose, you can enrich your bathing experience with candles, music, incense or flowers.
It’s your time, it’s valuable time, but by making it special and uniquely yours, you can establish an important ritual that nourishes and grounds you through the hurly burly of modern life.
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