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More Stuff to Fill Your Work Day

Oprah has her favorite things, so why cant I? Here are more random internet finds I’ve discovered during my writing work days. Happy web surfing!

Crystal Vaults is a website I ran across with tons of free information about crystals, including how to use them in healing work. They also have a large selection of crystals to choose from, and you can order online.

Joan Clark’s Palais Aromaetica (Lawrence KN, & online shopping) ~ The Goddess Apothecary— “Palais Aromaetica”— (literally, “House or Palace of All Things Aromatic”) is a temple of plant spirit alchemy for the soul, created to inspire the connection between spirit and body, mind and emotions soul and oneness. The “Aromaetica” is a complete line of beautiful essential oils, intuitive and ceremonial blends, botanical tinctures, natural perfumes, alchemical elixirs and much more. Seasonally inspired products created in alignment with the cycles of the moon are sold in limited quantities. Custom blending and private labeling are available. An intuitive product selection for clients is also available each season.

Trashy Diva Clothing: (New Orleans LA, online shopping) ~ This fabulous store based in New Orleans designs clothing that is both timeless and ageless. With inspiration from antique and vintage clothing, each piece has a strong emphasis on feminine styles which flatter a variety of body types and sizes. Custom made dresses and lingerie are just the beginning! Your item(s) are either packed to ship or begin being made (if backordered) within hours of your order.

Rari Blooming Teas – With blends like Spirituality, Generosity, and Serenity, these white tea bulbs have got to the most beautiful and decadent way to enjoy a cup of tea.  Soothingly delicious flavor and pleasing to the eye, these white tea leaves are hand tied around a perfectly dried flower blossom which blooms into beauty as it steeps.  Each bulb can be re-steeped up to three times.  Only $12.50 for a package of 6 bulbs.

Big Blue Bath Bomb from LUSH – I love this store!  As far as bath and body products go, LUSH is the key to turning your everyday grooming into a divine ritual. My favorite is the BIG BLUE BATH BOMB, a blend of Sea salt, Epsom Salt, essential oils, and seaweed that turns your bath water a stunning shade of blue.  The combination of salts and seaweed not only begin a gentle system detox, but leaves you feeling like a Mermaid Queen. $5.50 per bomb.

Sea Pearls All Natural Tampons – It may seem odd to some, but when I found out about these, I thought every woman should know they have the option.  Sea Pearls are completely natural sea sponge tampons containing no Dioxin (known to be associated with Toxic Shock Syndrome, endometriosis, ovarian, cervical and breast cancers) or synthetic fibers. Sustainably harvested and reusable for six months or more, Sea Pearls are economical, easy to use, and earth friendly.  The $10 package contains 2 sea sponges, a cotton storage bag, tea tree oil antiseptic, and instructions for use.

The Buddha – A film by David Grubin: This documentary for PBS by award-winning filmmaker David Grubin and narrated by Richard Gere, tells the story of the Buddha’s life, a journey especially relevant to our own bewildering times of violent change and spiritual confusion. It features the work of some of the world’s greatest artists and sculptors, who across two millennia, have depicted the Buddha’s life in art rich in beauty and complexity. Hear insights into the ancient narrative by contemporary Buddhists, including Pulitzer Prize winning poet W.S. Merwin and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Join the conversation and learn more about meditation, the history of Buddhism, and how to incorporate the Buddha’s teachings on compassion and mindfulness into daily life. Airs April 7th 2010 at 8pm (check local listings).

A Sensuality Ritual for Valentines

I found this ritual on Pamela Neil’s website,  Dancing With Your Shadow.  She is an energy health practitioner in Tuscon, AZ and though I have never had the pleasure of meeting her, I had heard wonderful things about her work.  Her website is a wealth of information, including the following ritual.

I have done this Sensuality Ritual many times myself, and swear by it. It allows one to relax, and to take the time to honor themselves, without judgment or negativity.  Enjoy!

Sensuality Ritual

Intention: To awaken the sensuality within.

Timing: Whenever you wish–but particularly when you feel disconnected from your sexual self; before bed is an ideal time, but you can perform this ritual any time–just give yourself at least an hour and a half to enjoy it.

Ingredients: Red candle (passion), essence of ylang-ylang or jasmine (sensuality), your favorite perfume, chocolate (sensuality), a fragrant lotion, and sensuous music. Optional: silk sheets (sensuality).

Prepare this wonderful tonic to drink at the close of this ritual, which will delight your senses and unleash your nascent sensuality: Blend 1 cup of papaya juice, 1/4 cup of mashed banana, 1/4 cup watermelon juice, and 1 teaspoon cloves (optional).

Or you might prefer to mix a cup of milk with a dash of cinnamon and a splash of rose water. If none of these are available set out hot chocolate, grape juice, or a glass of red wine.

Recipe: Create a sensual atmosphere that will entice your inner seductress to come out of hiding. Find a time when no one will disturb you. Turn off the phones. Put fresh sheets on your bed–silk would be great! Turn down the lights, and light the candle. Place a few drops of the essential oil in a diffuser.
Anoint yourself with your favorite perfume, concentrating on the areas between your breasts and near your pubic bone. Lie down on your back with your knees bent and open. Begin to inhale, slowly and deeply, to the count of four; then, exhale in the same manner. Now experience your breathing as if the air were moving through your vulva. Continue until you feel these breaths connecting you to your deepest being. Let the breath flow like a river of energy. Feel the fluidity–the sensuality–and envision a passionate woman inside who wants to talk to you. Imagine that she wants to tell you about herself. Ask her questions: What kinds of clothes does she like? What are her favorite foods? What makes her happy emotionally, physically? What is her relationship with your body? How does she like to be touched? What does she want from you?

Allow this energy–which emanates from your passionate being–to infuse you. Remember this is your own creation, a part of your self, so don’t censor any words or feelings. Be open to learning.
When you’re ready, get up slowly. Run a warm bath, adding the oils of your choice. Start your favorite music, and set the candle near the tub. Let your body melt into the fragrant water, touching yourself in whatever ways feel best.

Afterward, dry off with a warm towel.  Look into a mirror, with the willing ness to see your own beauty.  Take  a few deep cleansing breaths.  When you feel relaxed and ready, look at your face in the mirror.  Just look.  If criticisms or judgments come up, acknowledge them, then let them go.  Focus on the uniqueness that is you, reflected in your face.  Look at your face and body and allow yourself to feel compassion, tenderness, acceptance and love.

Begin putting lotion on your feet, massaging it into the skin.  Say to yourself, “My feet are beautiful.” Next, massage the lotion into your legs and tell yourself, “My legs are beautiful,” and so on up the rest of your body.  When you are finished enjoying the beauty of your body, move on to your face.  Say to yourself, “ My eyes are beautiful.”  Look at your nose and tell yourself, “My nose is beautiful.”  Then your forehead, cheeks, mouth, lips, ears skin, bone structure.

When you have acknowledged your entire body, take a deep breath and look in the mirror.  Tell yourself: “ I (name) am beautiful.”  Say it over and over.  Allow yourself to bathe in appreciation of your own beauty, till you feel the tingle of love and delight throughout your body and soul.  Continue for as long as you wish.

Now, get back into bed, and drink your wonderful tonic. Sip it slowly. Let yourself feel and become that sensual woman. Fantasize, fantasize, fantasize, and immerse yourself in the feeling of hedonistic delight.

Follow-up: Spend a few moments every day appreciating the sensuality of your body. Keep fragrant oils, perfumes, and scented candles in your bedroom and bathroom.