All posts filed under: Spirituality

Summer Worship: Slow Beauty Rituals To Help You Relish The Golden Days of Summer

Be mindful to stop and face the sun.Take a lover that you can dance with arm in arm.Run to feel the rain on your skin,let it dissolve like a blissful sin.Float on the salty sea of calm,shed winter’s dead skin,then heal it with nature’s balm. Summer ceremonies wake up the spirit, and allow it to run free until the sleepiness of autumn. This is your time to bathe in the sea, under the sun, and in the wilderness of the forest – then come home to a soothing self-care ritual. Play with your six senses by incorporating scent therapy, hydrotherapy, dry brushing, and massage into your every day routine. With the right tools in hand, smooth summer skin, and a relaxed mind, is never out of reach. 3rd Ritual SUN Body Gel SUN is an ironic name for this product, because it makes us feel cool in all the best ways. We made it an essential part of our apothecary tool kit, bringing it with us on road and plane trips. The tingling sensation and …

Easter Bathing: Slavic Easter Traditions To Help You Stay Healthy All Year Long

What would you say if I told you Slavic people celebrate Easter with whips and water fights? I know what you are thinking. Whipping? Bathing? Allow me to explain. As is the case with a lot of Catholic holidays, Easter is a mix of christian and pagan traditions. Pagans celebrated the festival of spring, and what a celebration it was! They jumped over fires, danced, hung eggs from tress, and made time for love. The resurrection of Chris was far from their minds. While Good Friday and Easter Sunday say Easter to most of the world, in Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, and other countries, the celebration continues on Monday. Monday after Easter Sunday is a national holiday in these countries, and it is purely reserved for eating and socializing. Here is where things get a little weird. It is on this day that women and girls prepare for company that comes over to whip them, and either gently sprinkle water on them, or outright drenches them in buckets of it. If you live near …

Letter From Editor: Bringing Intentions and Cleansing Rituals Into The New Year With Tools From Around The World

Let us throw out the “new year – new me” philosophy. May your new year be filled with powerful moments instead, may you be like flowers in the snow, growing strong, beautiful, and succeeding despite adversity. The new year only takes on an important meaning if you put genuine intention behind the change you want to see in your life. This year I chose not to make resolutions. I joined all of you who walked into the new year feeling fatigued. Then on the fifth day of the new year I realized that I do have a resolution in mind. In order to truly change aspects of my life for the better, I need to get uncomfortable. In short, living to my fullest potential by challenging my fears no matter how uncomfortable, and tackling my anxieties with frequent exposure. Maybe the point of living is to be uncomfortable, coming out at the end of it feeling lighter and happier. Taking small steps is the goal here. I hope this inspires you to take on your …

Clean House During Advent: Saint Lucia Day In Slovakia Is a Magical Time

Let’s clean house! St Lucia Day (December 13) might not be celebrated in all countries, but it is one of the most important and magical days in the heart of Europe. It is on this day we get a closer look at the pagan roots of Slavic countries. Slovakia has some of the most unique advent celebrations right before Christmas. The predominately catholic country celebrates the same popular holidays we all know and love, but their extra mysterious customs make it hard to deny their pagan origins. You might be surprised to know that they are not the only ones. It is this time of the year when pagans would bring nature and light into their homes, aka: the Christmas tree. Saint Lucia Day celebrations take place twelve days before Christmas. In most other countries St Lucia is the patron of lights, but in Slovakia this is the day for witches to come out and play. Going into the forest, working with yarn or the plucking of feathers on St Lucia Day was prohibited. The …

Witches, Psychics, Shamans and Mystics You Should be Following On Instagram Right Now

Forget everything you think you know about witches, psychics or shamans. Society, films and even the media, have brainwashed us to fear the unknown, but social platforms are slowly changing the way we view spirituality and old religions though individual stories. It might surprise you to know that people accused of being a witch were simply herbalists, healers and midwives. Today’s witches feel no need to hide, although some still choose to keep their practice private, making connecting with a likeminded coven a breeze. Instagram is one of the best places to highlight your work through photography and videos, network, and even get tips on becoming a witch or shaman yourself. When seeking a shaman or psychic nothing compares to one-on-one meetings, but social media allows us to cast a wider net. Whatever type of spiritual fulfillment or answers you seek, these Instagram accounts happily provide. We highlight accounts that help us get inspired, celebrate our differences and teach us to keep an open mind. We present our list of Witches, Psychics, Shamans and Mystics …

Quarantine-Inspired 2020 Holiday Gift Guide For the Most Hated Year

The 2020 holiday season might look different, but is is more important than ever to show how much we care. Choose your gifts carefully and with their health in mind. The year might have sucked, but the gifts don’t have to. Lola’s Apothecary For extra special holiday splendor give them the gift of at-home spa. Lola’s Apothecary is an English brand that puts a ridiculous amount of attention into each product. If your loved one likes to indulge in a luxury bath or take extra special care of their skin, Lola’s Apothecary has you covered. Plus, they can share their love of beautiful skin with their partner or family through massage oils, candle aromatherapy and shower oils. The brand has created special packaging just for the holidays so go ahead and get shopping. Sanara If your gift receiver enjoys the at-home spa experience, and supporting Latin brands, Sanara should be your go-to. Sanara has tapped into botanical ingredients that make very effective body care, especially for those who suffer from dry skin, eczema, or psoriasis. …

Full Moon Beauty For Your Inner Moon Child

Do you own a telescope? Do you ask questions like: “Why are we here?”, “What possible mysterious can we find in the universe?” and “How can I get an even closer shot of the moon?”, then you might be a moon child. If you are drawn to the moon and its natural power then you most likely pay close attention to the lunar calendar. Tonight’s Harvest Moon, started Friday the 13th however it reaches peak fullness this weekend. So look up! Whether you are gazing at the moon or plan on practicing self-care, the magnificent sight of the full moon teaches us to stop and pay attention to the beauty of our universe. That’s mindfulness. Enjoy this moon inspired round-up of out of this world beauty products to accompany you in your quest to be present. No one can argue that clinical and spa beauty provides the best results of ultimate skincare glow and health. Farmhouse Fresh Moon Dip Back To Youth Body Mousse smells and feels so luscious that I hope I never reach …

Health & The City: Best Places to Find Wellness & Community

Editor Note: For many, the New Year means making resolutions. My mantra is to take it easy on myself and not make promises I might not keep. You should always try your hardest to accomplish what you wish for but be kind to yourself in the process.  If you are looking towards a healthier and happier year, I highly recommend you find a wellness community.  It’s a good starting point. I myself had to accept that in order to begin on a path of wellness I had to be trusting and accept support from others. As a spa and beauty editor, my wellness adventures bring me to places you might not even know exist. The right place and healers could be right under your nose.  Wellness & The City (New York City that is) In the city that never sleeps you can order takeout in the middle of the night, have most things delivered at a snap of your finger, find a speakeasy in the most unusual of places and a “secret” garden might be …

Cultivating Beauty & At-Home Spa, Part II

The saying, “You can’t pour from an empty cup” rings true to every kind and empathetic care-taker. This is especially true during the holiday season. It is time for decorating, parties, lots of errands and being there for others. The holidays are ideal for showing those you love how much you care about them. This does not mean you should neglect YOU. If you do not take care of yourself, you cannot take care of others. Create a space of serenity and solitude just for yourself. Self-care is essential. If you happened to miss part 1 of cultivating an at-home spa, read it here. Cultivating an at-home spa lifestyle continues. Bath Soak This is the big one. Stress can be an unavoidable part of life, however melting it away is up to you. A hot bath is an old remedy that will soothe sore muscles and your nerves, however it can do so much more than that. Your time in the tub can help you feel tranquil while increasing circulation, work as a sleep aid …

3 Products for Practicing Divine Rituals

In the past lives of our ancestors, mindfulness was a way of life. It was not labeled or made into a trend. This was a time when humans took special care of their possessions, single-use products did not exit, there was no need to document every other moment of their lives and leisure was sacred, therefore taken seriously. Even though self-care is very much needed and has become a popular buzzword, the constant distractions of technology and stress around us makes it easier said than done. Turning self-care into a ceremony is one way to ensure that you get the most out of your “me time”. Unplug. That is your first step towards slowing down. Put your gadgets out of your mind. Doing this will allow you to check in with yourself and take inventory of how you are feeling. Savoring the moment is slow living. There are times we rush through our lives and use our daily products and tools out of habit. Then there are times when we know we have something special …

Cultivating An At-Home Spa, Part I

2018 has been a year focusing on personal wellness. There has been a shift in the way we take care of ourselves. More and more people are going from overlooking their mental and physical health to putting more emphasis on self-care. In this ugly political climate and uneasy news, a stress-free home is the respite we all need. In this part of the world, living a spa lifestyle is expensive. It is still considered a luxury, instead of a normal part of your lifestyle routine that is accessible to all. Take a time-out from your worries, because cultivating an at-home spa is easier than you think. In fact, there are so many ways to incorporating the spa lifestyle into your home that I am separating it into three parts. Let’s begin. START IN THE BATHROOM  Starting with what products to use seems like a sales pitch, but trust me when I tell you that I do my research. Although I don’t always use all chemical-free brands, I am doing my best to switch to all …

Let’s have the “Wellness” and “Self-Care” Conversation

As the last weeks of summer slow down and so do our lives, I wanted to reflect and have the wellness and self-care conversation. For those who have always been a part of the wellness and healing community, this past year has been an interesting one to watch. While visiting with a number of beauty brands and accomplished artisans, holistic health sanctuaries and spas, the wellness and self-care conversation has always come up. When I am asked to have these conversations, my mind automatically goes back to my childhood and appreciation for all things green, natural and slower paced. Being a lifestyle blogger and beauty editor since 2006 and someone who grew up a part of my childhood in central Europe, living the wellness lifestyle has always been a given for me. Growing up in the mountains, hiking amongst untouched nature, watching my mother make healing salves and my father garden, makes me feel fortunate. It has showed me that wellness and self-care matters. This natural way of living did not need labeling. So why is …