By Shann Vander Leek
Fresh from a steaming lobster pot of a bubble bath I marvel at my healthy form and thank the Universe for learning how to appreciate my body as part of the divine feminine. I love my Shann-ness: curvaceous, athletic, soft and strong. It feels good to be at home with my inner Goddess.
Years ago I had very little body mind awareness. I imagine the disconnect may have had something to do with overindulging in my former career, allowing for mind numbing drama, a diet of rich restaurant food, and partying like a rock star on the weekends. Thankfully, becoming a new mother and getting involved with the martial arts and yoga helped me walk away from a career and lifestyle that no longer suited me.
Are you feeling haggard by bumping around, circling the hamster wheel of your life? When was the last time you engaged in activities to engage your body consciousness?
I am thrilled to share my personal recipe to awaken and rock the goddess within you. Juicy ingredients devoted to getting your groove back and enjoying a luscious life overflowing with inspiration, self-love, mindfulness and joy.
Create a delicious, luxurious feminine environment. Adorn the walls with art that speaks to you or fill a vase with fresh flowers and promise to keep the vase full year round. If you have limited space create a feminine alter showcasing a few items that you love on your night stand or window sill. I love adorning my feminine space with pretty stones, special pictures and exotic looking scarves. Buy some lavender to spray in the room for a calming effect or a citrus fragrance to wake up your senses. Burning incense is a lovely ritual for meditation and freshening a stale room.
Make a vision board or collage including pictures, dream locations and words that represent your immediate desires. Choosing the images and crafting each one is fun. My daughter and I make collages a couple of times each year.
Honor your body with regular massage therapy. Massage is not a luxury—it is your feminine duty to allow for body work. The benefits of massage therapy include lowering stress, deep relaxation, and improved circulation.
Enjoy hot baths several times each week. I tend to take mine in the evening after my daughter is in bed. I love soaking up the calming energy of a delightful bubble bath. I create a divine space for a queen complete with tea light candles, incense, soothing music on the iPod and a good book to read. When was the last time to you got your fanny in the bathtub?
Nurture your body with yoga postures. Your practice will help you get in touch with your body on a deeper level. Learning to be gentle with your body through restorative poses and tuning into how you feel while you move will rock your world. Make some time to investigate the benefits of yoga and then find a teacher and studio you resonate with. Yoga will improve the way you relate to your body mind.
Positive self talk is one of my favorite weapons to combat mental destruction. Your ego mind can be an unruly playground filled with bullies, tattletales and monsters under the bed. You are enough, you are worthy, you are beautiful, you are loved, you matter. When you are feeling beaten down by the schoolyard bully, remember you have a magic weapon. You can train your mind to be the witness of your thoughts and action. Acknowledge the little bastard and then ask yourself the question, “Is this real?” You do not have to live in a shame pit created by the ego. If you are feeling low or unworthy practice an internal dialogue like: “I approve of myself” or “I love myself” or “I like myself.” Repeating this loving mantra several times a day will begin to retrain your thought patterns. Your ego will have no choice but to retreat. You are so much more than your ego. You are worthy. You deserve self-care and self-love.
Get unplugged from your highly connected virtual environment. Consider creating an oasis of time each day devoted to getting out into the natural world. Even 15 minutes will improve your mental clarity. Getting overwhelmed by a stack of tasks, responsibilities and rules leads to pain and suffering.
Make it a priority to step away from the madness and soak up the sweetness of each day. Remain curious and you will enjoy a lifetime filled with new experiences. To be delightfully curious is refreshing and childlike. With such a short time on this planet there is no time like the present to act on something you have always wanted to do. Take the art class, sign up for belly dancing, volunteer for an organization near to your heart. Begin to ignite the magical flames of your curiosity.
Your inner Goddess is crying out for your attention. She is telling you that you are an extraordinary woman. She is reminding you that you deserve to allow your divine feminine to unfold.
You Deserve to Rock Your Goddess!