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6 Practices I do every morning

It is my deep, hot, and holy conviction that the body of every woman is a living, breathing altar.
Yes, I mean you.
Overworked, underloved, insubstantially paid you.
Yes, even underworked, overloved, exaltedly paid you.
The question is-
Do you treat yours as such?

Think about it. There is no human alive today who was not created and held inside the living altar of a woman. We are the place where the human and the divine collaborate in creation.

Just as an altar in a sanctuary requires upkeep and maintenance to feel sacred, so does the body, woman.

It is our sacred responsibility to look and feel as beautiful as possible, in order to connect to the sacred within ourselves, and shine our radiance on the world.

Yet, exquisite self-care is the easiest thing to toss aside when the mundane aspects of daily life take over. Compared to everything we have to do and everywhere we have to be, attending to ourselves occurs as frivolous, indulgent, and irresponsible.

And, Sisters, there are consequences.

If we disregard the sacred within us, we cannot connect to our ability to turn on.
And when we are not turned on, we are not connected to our life force.
And if we are not connected to our life force, we are not moving from our sacred center, not experiencing the essential raw goodness of life, and not owning our power .
And if we are not standing in our power, we perpetuate the sense of ourselves as victim, rather than the heroine of our lives.

Self-care is a pathway to power – unimaginable power.

What would it take to get there?
How does a woman practice the art of reteaching herself her own beauty?
How does she bow before what is, and still open the doors to what she might become?
How does she re-consecrate her altar, daily?

She has to feed the beast. She has to tend the fire of her Radiance, no matter what.
Oh, yes she does.

And she won’t ‘feel’ like it.
She will think pleasure is foolish and a waste of her time and effort.
Suffering will seem much more important and valuable.
It will make so much sense. And everyone will agree it is the best choice. Which perpetuates the cycle.

Instead, a woman has to vault herself into her radiance, choosing the effort of stepping in the direction of pleasure.

I have been both teaching and living the experiment of connecting to my divinity as a daily practice. Some days I am better at it than other days. I have found certain daily practices to be really beneficial, and I wanted to share some of them with you today.

Here’s what the first hour of my day looks like:

  1. I take a bath, instead of shower, because it makes me feel more relaxed and beautiful. I use eucalyptus-scented epsom salts because they smell nicer than the plain ones. After the bath, I use coconut oil on my skin; it smells beautiful and nourishes the skin deeply.
  2. I dance naked in my living room, to whatever song suits my mood, or helps me move my waking emotions through my body. Moving my emotions through my body is a way of honoring them, and honoring my design.
  3. I do a small gratitude ritual at my altar. I have a series of stones and small objects I have collected over the years. I light a candle, and pick up each of the 30 stones, one at a time, and whisper a gratitude for different aspects of my life, as I replace each stone.
  4. I write down my desires on post-its and place them in front of the altar.
  5. I prepare my breakfast (kale and eggs) and sit down at my dining room table with real china and real silverware. I do my best to eat slowly and with gratitude. Taking food into our bodies and using it to nourish us is a sacred act. It takes enormous effort on my part to not rush – and not to distract myself with electronics – especially when I am dining alone, which happens a lot in my current lifestyle.
  6. My next move is walking the dog, and as I do, I call a friend and do Spring Cleaning. (I explain the practice of spring cleaning in my first book, if you’re not familiar).

So, in the first hour of my day, I have dumped my charge, moved my body, honored my emotions, nourished myself, connected with my gratitude, and expressed my most deeply held desires.

This daily practice is a way that I stay centered, grateful, and filled up with love and attention, so I can open myself to whatever the day brings with the thick padding of self-love in place.

I have reconsecrated my altar. This makes me far less vulnerable to losing my sanity!

Each of these steps require a certain amount of effort, but the result is so worth the investment. Treating yourself like a goddess is not easy. It is pure effort, like pedaling a bicycle up a hill. But so worth it for the incredible view when you get to the top.

Every woman can and will design her own version of how she reconsecrates her altar. Your version of tending to your radiance might be completely different from mine.

The object, here, is that you choose to create a wide landing strip for your connection to your own divinity to inhabit your day, your life, your body.

Turning on is tuning in. And it turns a woman on to feel beautiful and beautifully cared for.

Now I want to hear from you.

What are your self-care rituals, particularly as you start your day? Or, what is one practice you will start doing, to honor and adore the altar of your body?

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  • Dominique January 29, 2017, 2:38 pm

    While my Husband is already awake ans prepares our breakfast, i Love staying in bed with my 2year old girl ans my baby in belly. (My Work begins in the afternoon). I know That you all get up early, but i love this Routine that much. Time will come soon, when i”ll have more Time for myself im the Morning and the children go To scool….

  • C.K. Gemmell January 18, 2017, 11:26 am

    What a beautiful, thought provoking article! I love your idea of spending time in front of an altar to start the day with feelings of gratitude. I started a gratitude journal many years ago, but sadly have lost touch with this practice. I do keep an altar, so this idea is one that I will incorporate into my morning ritual. Blessings!

  • JenniferRachel January 4, 2017, 3:38 am

    I just started reading Mama Gena’s blog and comments. I very much like your response and am the 6 minute weight session in the morning seems so appealingly achievable ..I would love to know what the movements exercises are if you would like to share that would be great. Thank you 🙂

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  • Kathleen June 18, 2016, 4:19 pm

    1. Slowly getting ready in the morning and taking time to enjoy coffee or tea or both.
    2. I have realized that the clutter in my life is not serving me and not honoring the goddess within. I am clearing to find the joy, as I am digging through the layers both physical and emotional. I am only allowing joyful things to stay. I have found a support program to work with. My time spent varies on what I focus on it can be a couple of minutes or a full day. I have committed to this for a year.
    3. I take my time putting my outfits together in the morning so I feel absolutely radiant and fabulous. It is getting easier and is a fun creative process for me.

    Besides regular baths (weekly, not daily) I am visiting a Korean Spa monthly. I spend a day in the Saunas, Steam rooms, hot tubs, plunge pool and get an hour and a half scrub and massage. I take a break for tea, juices and lunch throughout the day and sometimes bring a friend to spend the day with.
    I am finding more processes to support honoring this body, emotionally, spiritually, and physically… Once my physical space is in better order, I will not allow this heavy burden that it carries creep into my life again. I am focusing on finding more ways to honor myself and creating joy though mixed routines, daily, weekly, monthly. I am striving to fit more travel and creativity into my lifestyle to honor feeding the travel bug and need to create more as I’m an artist at heart.

  • Carly April 14, 2016, 7:20 am

    Like some others on here, self-care is something that I struggle with as a reflection of my low self-worth/love. But upon thinking about a ritual I can say that I do have one! Every morning and about 98% of nights I put lotion on. All over my body…especially my hands/feet/elbows/knees/face. I have been lotioning since I was an adolescent. I think it started out of not liking dry skin, but has turned into a way to nourish and literally care for my body. Wow….. Thank you for writing this story that has allowed me to have the realization that I do self-care. 🙂

  • Anne February 15, 2016, 8:02 pm

    I was always a night person, and after experimenting, it was refreshing to find that I was early morning rituals helped a lot.

  • Shannon Law February 1, 2016, 8:33 pm

    Okay holy moly Sister Goddesses… do I have a story for you! This is DIVINELY Perfect… I was just at The Experience with Mama Gena in NYC this weekend (it totally ROCKED da house, btw)

    I asked her a Q about helping me transform my relationship with work and she brought me up on stage (yayy!)… she said “okay, I’m gonna walk you through my morning practice”.. next thing I know, her staff is rushing a couch onto the stage, along with a pink blanket and pillows and before you know it, I’m sitting in MG’s couch in her “living room”… it totally felt like a dream!

    Today, I’m flying back to Cali, missing the energy of my amazing Sister Goddesses so I bounce onto the blog and this is the FIRST article I land on… ummm, nudge from the Universe much?! Lol

    I’m SO inspired by all shares… I’m gonna go on a Pleasure Shopping Adventure and purchase my new fav coffee mug and journal, letting Pussy decide what SHE wants. I might even add a French Press to the mix and definately adding in my fav Thought Leaders who inspire me for my listening pleasure, YES!

    Can’t wait to start my new morning practice manana, thanks for all the inspiration!

    Thank you SG’s and of course, Mama Gena too!!

    Much love 🙂

  • z girl January 27, 2016, 3:15 pm

    I am grateful to have stumbled upon this today…as I have felt a new morning ritual emerging, and along with it some shady doubts of “is this realistic; is this too indulgent; etc…” SO I’m thrilled to air it out here and DECLARE that the morning ritual that feels most delicious to me is some variation of the following….

    Wake Up
    Do a body meditation in bed: send breath to every part of my body
    Make coffee
    Write my morning pages (sometimes include a writing assignment to answer the questions: what is right for me? what is best? what is important? what do i want?)
    Fill out my desire map daily planner for the day…
    If there’s time…11 minute light meditation, play with my decks (I have Oracle cards, 4 agreements, and Affirmators), tidy up, take a bath and have a luxurious breakfast
    If there’s less time…yogurt & fruit, and hit the road on a mission.

    I’m crazy, wildly grateful for the self-care routines I’ve been developing…nurturing my radiance…and inner light. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to DECLARE.

    -z girl

  • Odette September 8, 2015, 8:35 am

    I wake up before my son, drink my favorite tea and spend time in my studio. Sometimes I paint, but 3 days a week I wake up and make space for it.

  • Kate August 27, 2015, 7:14 am

    I try to do my daily practices EVERY morning, but don’t fret if I miss a day or don’t do everything. 1. Pull an angel card.
    2. Oil pull.
    3. A.M. Prayers outside.
    4. Energy Medicine practices to balance my energies.
    5. 8 Sun salutations (outside) followed by
    6. Rushing Isometrics.
    7. Walk the dog.
    I find that the more focused I am on my practices, the easier and more in the flow my day is. It just is????❤️????

  • Annette July 5, 2015, 8:00 am

    Since taking Mastery in 2015. I’ve been in the practive of meditating for 10 minutes, reading the daily lesson in the Course in Miracles, writing in a receiving journal all what I’ve received and are grateful for in the past 24 hours, saying hello beautiful to myself in the mirror and eating a healthy breakfast that includes yogurt and a fruit.

  • Mary June 26, 2015, 1:24 pm

    So many have said it, and you’ve made a ritual of it, Regena. It’s gratitude.

    Many mornings since I passed thru menopause I wake with troubling thoughts. My immediate antidote, which saves me, is gratitude. Before my eyes are open I make it a practice to speak my bliss — for my sheets, pillow, my body that enjoys it, and whatever my senses contact. Once my eyes are open, I’m made joyful by the green outside… then the list just grows as I begin my day.

    When I can get outside barefoot, I do a qigong practice of bringing the earth energy up thru my yoni, heart and out in gratitude to the world around me, then raising my arms, I draw down sun energy into my blessed body.

    And Mary Oliver’s poem, Why I Wake Early, polishes off the morning.. her ode to the sun never fails to take me into my day remembering my divinity!

    Hello, sun in my face.
    Hello, you who make the morning
    and spread it over the fields
    and into the faces of the tulips
    and the nodding morning glories,
    and into the windows of, even, the
    miserable and crotchety–

    best preacher that ever was,
    dear star, that just happens
    to be where you are in the universe
    to keep us from ever-darkness,
    to ease us with warm touching,
    to hold us in the great hands of light–
    good morning, good morning, good morning.

    Watch, now, how I start the day
    in happiness, in kindness.

  • Stacey June 26, 2015, 12:28 pm

    Reading all of this makes me want to re-evaluate my current rituals. I’m up pretty early and it usually consists of getting ready for work and getting kids up and out the door. Did I mention the dogs, cats, guinea pig, and bunny? Next week I am off and I’m planning a few morning rituals that I’m hoping I can keep up throughout the rest of the time.

    Gratitude – years ago I did a ritual of lighting candle and giving a prayer each time. One for gratitude, one to help myself, and one to help others. I don’t do this anymore and I will start this up again.

    Yoga – my body cries out for this and I can’t seem to get to it after work. So I’m getting up a little earlier and doing some basic moves. This will take a little more work to make it a habit, though.

    Shower – sorry, no baths for me. I find the sound of falling water both relaxing and rejuvenating. We actually removed the bathtub and repurposed t as a fountain/pond in our front yard. My rituals there consist of the usual plus a baking soda on my hands to treat my eczema. I am inspired by Goddess Yasmine to add a scrub back in, though I will be using coconut oil and Epsom salts. I love coconut oil and lotion with Moroccan Argan Oil. I’m realizing my shower time is ritualistic.

    I’m keeping the Candy Crush Soda, though. 🙂

  • Deborist June 25, 2015, 7:47 am

    “Think about it. There is no human alive today who was not created and held inside the living altar of a woman. We are the place where the human and the divine collaborate in creation.”
    Just curious…how do you feel about the divine collaboration being ripped from the altar, before it can manifest into its divine creation?

  • Tally June 24, 2015, 11:30 am

    Mama Gena-

    Oh how timely this message is…thank you! My morning ritual is Louise Hay’s morning affirmations, the 5 tibetan rites, prayers, and making my green juice of cucumbers, kale, lettuce, celery, green apples, grapefruit.

    I need to work on the warm water with lemon, oil pulling, and a few others mentioned here! Thanks everyone for the inspiration!

  • SG Abisola June 21, 2015, 7:36 am

    Mama Gena, to have posted this on June 18th is magical and befitting for all the reasons you know! Thank you for this gift of turning me on to me. Let the ritual begin on the holy altar of this woman yearning to be free to do my heart’s desires, full of gratitude and love and seeking pleasure as a natural thang! Peace Out!

  • tasha June 20, 2015, 12:11 pm

    I am amazed how timely this post came up for me!
    I am struggling to reintroduce the nourishing and loving “the altar” to my daughter.
    And to myself actually, after our family breakdown, now 9 years ago (!!!so long ago, but with pain seems like yesterday..)
    My ritual is:
    first thing in the morning (while giving food to our beautiful cat) to make the little teapot of green tea(2cups) with pieces of pink grapefruit and 1 spoon of brown sugar/per cup

    To open the door into the garden to check the temperature outside and how the flowers are doing, and look faraway over the hills, to feel the space

    This is the beginning, after which I will do everyday something different, I try to tune to how I feel today, how tired I am
    I know I abandoned my altar for some time now to the extent Mama Gena mentioned:
    stop to feel the zest of life, when everything else was most important than myself including my appearance.
    I need complete makeover and urgently. I used to be very choosy and feminine, but it all has gone….. And strangely enough in the last year this aspect started to come back to me, and today’s post just remind me about this disconnection in my life, which affected my daughter as well.
    I realized that we have duty to keep up loving ourselves if even for the sake of our daughters, even when this feels impossible under circumstances we find our selves.
    Thank you, Mama Gena!!! I never have had a person in my life with such sincere and wise words of care, like yours. And all Goddesses here are wonderful women.
    Much Love to all for all your support!!!

    • KatherineAphrodite June 21, 2015, 4:23 am

      I feel inspired by your post SG Tasha, my daughter needs me to do this as much as me. Sending love xxxx

  • Miss Kate June 19, 2015, 10:26 pm

    I write in my morning pages as prescribed in The Artist’s Way. The cats sit on my lap purring. I feel the breezes wafting in our deck door. The cats sit near me or on my lap. I listen to bird song.

  • Mona June 19, 2015, 8:01 pm

    I literally do a 6 minute routine with 2 five pound weights. That keeps me slim, trim and my inner core strong. It was developed by my brother who is a personal trainer for me. I dislike to excersise unless it is sking, biking or hiking. It keeps my 5’6″ frame at 106 pounds and my whole body toned.

  • KatherineAphrodite June 19, 2015, 4:56 pm

    How thrilling and exquisite to be reading you once again dear Mama Gena, I feel like all my cells are waking up and shrieking out for Pleasure!!!! Its like an almighty energy surge!! Man, have I fallen off the wagon, Pleasure Wise. It was so amazing to be part of sistergoddess,com, a couple of years ago, now it looks like I will need to do Virtual Bootcamp to be a member once more (?) and I obviously really need it! I was particularly struck by the image of you picking up each of the 30 stones you’ve collected, to voice a gratitude. Very beautiful. This is where I’m going to start NOW.

  • Sherrie Huckelberry June 19, 2015, 4:11 pm

    I love this intimate shareing..very inspirational. ..before i get out of bed and all the chatter starts I say to myself “Wake up Buttercup..put on my dance clothes ..brush my teeth, splash my face, give myself a wink in the mirror. .jump on my bike ride along 3miles of nature filled bike path ,praise creator for all the beauty along the way…arrive at dance class and let my mind ,body,spirit blend together with the Nia techniques. ..joyfully share and lovingly give thanks for such a wonderful lifestyle

  • Mindy Goldhammer June 19, 2015, 12:33 pm

    Dear Mama Gena,
    Thank you for sharing your rituals . What a beautiful way to feed your soul.
    I have some of my own.
    I talk to my mom in heaven and that is followed by a series of intentions.
    Those words are powerful and for some reason I do this in the car when I first get in.
    So, me and my angels start the day.
    Have a great one!

  • SG Scheherazade June 19, 2015, 11:31 am

    As usual your discipline is inspiring. I see Kale and Egg breakfast recipes becoming a google trend……LOL
    Love you,

  • Lillie June 19, 2015, 11:04 am

    I do yoga and stretching every am. A must for my body. I do prayer as I walk my dog each am also. I love the idea of do some dancing, See what I can do to add this to my morning routine.
    Thanks Mama Gena

  • Jill June 19, 2015, 9:59 am

    I love doing a bath in the morning. I always turn my electric faux fireplace on to feel cozy n comfortable. I recently started to do a few standing exercises here n there because I have little time as of late …”too much to do after work” and mainly for others…but the movement n exercise is there and it is complety for my own benefit. I love the messages being posted and I may steal these as practices to take back my evenings and get a little to unwind and start getting some self honoring time in there…thx Mama Gena and Sister Godesses

  • Sister Goddess Dazzling Debra June 19, 2015, 9:40 am

    Ah, the rituals of the morning. I LOVED reading how many goddess do oil pulling.
    It is the first thing I do, a teaspoon of pure coconut oil swished through my mouth for 20 minutes
    While I am pulling, I prepare my fresh chai (I have a shelf just for my chai ingredients) with 18 fresh ingredients.
    I drink my first sip of chai while reading the goddesses pages in FB and upside or give support to goddesses doing amazing things.
    I use a dry loofa and scrub my body from head to toe, then apply Vivoderm Mask (a product line developed by our beloved SG Noushin)
    I do the 5 Tibetans
    I also take a bath in baking soda, epsom salts (Lavender) and vinegar when I need intense detox (it does not smell bad in the tub)
    I scrub with lavender bath salts (thank you SG Amber)
    I apply a concoction of oils, beginning with my breasts.

    • Karla June 19, 2015, 11:02 am

      Please send me the chai ingredients and recipe.. ladybug in blue at g mail. Thank you.

  • Mudiwa June 19, 2015, 9:36 am

    I am looking forward to reorganizing my precious life, and honoring my precious body temple. Thank you Mama Gena this is a BIG part of the missing pieces . I’ve missed having female community, and support! I’m in, and very greatful!! Thank you again!!!

  • SG Tracy June 19, 2015, 6:08 am

    Thank you so much, for this post Mama Gena.
    I love morning time. On work-week mornings, I enjoy being up before my husband and dog.
    While they’re sleeping I have quite time for myself. Sometimes just moving slowing while I begin my day is a form of self care. I am not yet a true “meditator”, but I do sit, with eyes open, and just “listen” for a few moments. In my joyfully hectic job as a classroom teacher, I have very little time during the day where it’s this quite and I’m not multitasking, so doing o one thing at a time slowly
    is a form of self-care for me.
    I noticed that some of the other things I do in this time are “husband care” and “dog care.”
    I leave a post-it for my husband with a check list for the several eye and ear meds our dog needs- so we can keep track of what he’s gotten each day.
    I leave another post-it with an affectionate message for my husband- “Have an energizing day ox” or something similar. This week, there was a post-it on the bathroom mirror for him. “Showers for ONE are not as much FUN.”
    Also before I leave my apartment, I will give my husband a kiss, a stroke, or touch somewhere on his body- could be anywhere from head to toe. I know he’s just enough awake to feel it.
    So, although these dog and husband care rituals are nurturing to me as well, I reflect now that I could build on them to now:
    kiss, stroke, or touch myself somewhere one my own body from head to toe
    leave myself a playful and inspiring note on the post-it.
    Perhaps I could stick it one my phone, in my purse so when I grabbed it later in the day during my “non quiet” time, I’d have a reminder and anchor to that oh-so-much-more Zen part of my day!

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  • joanna June 19, 2015, 1:43 am

    When I started reading the post I expected something along these lines: meditate, exercise, envision, affirm, journal and read. But that’s a surprise!
    I have been doing my own rituals listed above, but decided to add a seventh one ” find one thing to be in awe with” – and this can be done thru connection with nature, dance or poetry or contemplating something beautiful. I totally feel like a goddess afterwards 🙂

  • Heather June 18, 2015, 11:53 pm

    Thank you, Mama Gena, for posting this. It’s so wonderful to read about everyone’s self-care rituals.

    I am proud to say that I have started a ritual for over a year now where my friend and I share our daily brag, gratitude, and desire via text (we live far from each other). After some time, I felt we needed to add a daily “self-lovin”. Now, we share those 4 things regularly.

    My lovely morning ritual has become…
    Wake up to start the coffee process (or water with lemon).
    While the water is boiling, I make my bed and take the roses that I bought for myself over the weekend to the kitchen so that I can cut their stems and give them fresh water.
    With coffee or lemon water in tow, I sit in a comfy chair in my room and play a guided 15 minute meditation from Deepak and Oprah’s Meditation series.

    If I want to extend my time, I write in a journal or go for a walk where I bring my phone and earpiece. The earpiece is so that when I walk and pray to the Divine, it looks like I’m having a phone conversation on the street when really I’m praying about what I’m releasing and sharing what I’m grateful for.

    I’m feeling the need to go deeper and to add a 10 minute yoga sequence or song and dance to my ritual for days when I don’t walk. Getting rooted sensually in the body is wonderful.

    Thank you goddesses for sharing your rituals. I’m finding inspiration in them.

  • Barbara June 18, 2015, 9:00 pm

    I have never liked baths- they are boring and I always feel like I have washed the dirt and sweat off my skin and now I am soaking in it.-yuck. I like a long hot shower- and I sing through most of it. then I use whatever lotion makes me feel soft and smell nice. I don’t have an altar – too pagan for me- but I do say morning prayers of gratitude and I meditate.
    I like the dancing naked thing though.

  • Carolina June 18, 2015, 7:55 pm

    I love the stone gratitudes ritual!
    I have an altar and stones and sets of oracle and tarot cards.
    Here’s my morning ritual:
    1. Drink 2 glasses warm water
    2. Have my bulletproof coffee with collagen protein
    3. Meditate at my altar while burning incense, sometimes also candles
    4. Pick an oracle card to read as focus for the day from my spiritual guides
    5. Morning Pages (Almut! me too!!)
    6. NEW: pick up my stones and say a gratitude for each one!
    7. NEW: oil pulling
    I try to take a bath at least once a week (I typically have to wait for the house to be empty…) but I feel deliciously rich every time I do it. In fact, I’m headed over to fill up the tub now.
    Thanks for posting this, Mama Gena!!

  • Deb June 18, 2015, 7:32 pm

    Your timing is so perfect and elegant, Mama Gena! As I was in the shower this morning, I was thinking how I’ve put my morning meditation on the back burner, and have noticed myself waking up feeling extra crunchy lately. My winning combo of morning rituals has always been morning pages (3) followed by 30 minutes of meditation. (Well, after a delicious cup of French press coffee with almond milk!) And nowadays, a little yogaglo video does wonders for my creaky body. But I am not an early bird! So I’m going to borrow a page from Yasmine, the 16-year-old goddess above, and do some nighttime rituals. As it is now, I text five gratitudes to a friend every night. In addition, I may start lighting my incense during my nightly washing up, and doing a little meditation before I turn in, if I don’t get to it in the morning…

  • Mary June 18, 2015, 6:33 pm

    Thank you Mama Gena! And all you lovely Sister Goddesses! I definitely needed to read all of your heart wrenchingly beautiful posts♡
    I am trying to alter my footing at present, and your ideas are inspirational. I will figure out a way to incorporate a few of your wonderful practices
    Many Thanks Mary aka Grammy-Mommy

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  • SG Little Black Dress June 18, 2015, 5:35 pm

    Every morning as I am making up and doing my hair, I play one of Mama Gena’s audio recordings. It instantly gives me the peptalk I need to start off the day on a positive note and then I play 3 or 4 songs that make me feel empowered or sexy and I am ready to start my day.

  • Anita Joy June 18, 2015, 5:00 pm

    Hi everyone!
    I’m an ICU nurse working fulltime shifts both days and nights. My shifts are twelve hours and I’m already up at 530am and not home until 8pm. I’m exhausted when I get home. Any suggestions for rituals to incorporate into my life? Thank you! I’ve truly enjoyed reading all of your comments.
    Anita Joy

  • Alana Helapitage June 18, 2015, 3:37 pm

    Dear Mama Gena and Sisters,

    Your rituals are truly voluptuous and inspiring! I wanted to also speak to Mama Gena’s statement of the effort it takes to care for ourselves, not least because of the resistance we feel from others and our demanding lifestyles. I wrote a blog called “Taking Sanctuary in Ourselves,” which supports the sense of detachment we need to really embrace ourselves:

    Thank you all for this beautiful dialogue!



  • Debbie June 18, 2015, 3:23 pm

    My morning begins with my yoga practice. At the least I do 10 sun salutations, and more practice if time permits. Sometimes I bathe and sometimes I shower. I juice veggies for breakfast most days but always eat a breakfast. I love your dancing idea! I always play the music I love. Thank You Mama Gena!

  • janet shannon June 18, 2015, 3:21 pm

    1. I have to EAT first thing upon waking–breakfast is my favorite meal and I need food in order to “come to.” While this process is taking place, I play a CD of Esther Hicks channeling Abraham in the background making statements like, “Financial abundance does not manifest in one’s life due to hard work or good luck or favoritism…” This helps screw my head on right and gives me immediate hope. (P.S. Before I EAT I feed my little she-cat, and all of the above goes far more smoothly.) I take any medications, vitamins or gobbled-gook I am supposed to take to feel better and be healthier..
    2. When I’m alert, I start making lists–gratitude lists, desire lists or issue lists (things I need to deal with, for example: girls continually living in a state of drama are a bore–don’t be one!)
    3. At this point I’m tempted to go straight to my laptop–and this is the task I want to leve for last but find the day goes much better if I do it now–if I’m living true to what I know and believe, I go to my beautiful marble altar and do my recitation of a chapter from the Lotus Sutra, which is like singing a beautiful, rousing, rocking version of “Happy Birthday To Me.” I try to infuse the joy I feel in doing this this into the gratitude, desire and issue lists I’ve mad for the day.
    4. I confess I am a little agoraphobic, but the truth is that bath or no bath, if I get dressed–seriously–at this point–as though I’m ready to head out into the world–not as though I’m about to hang out in my sweat pants or nightie all day–and put my face on and hair up I function far more efficiently in whatever follows. Dick Cavett used to say that even when he was working as an office temp, when he wrote at home he always got dressed before he sat down at the typewriter–he was religious about putting on a shirt and tie and a pair of slacks before he wrote even a single word. It absolutely organizes the brain. If feel this way about hair, too, unfortunately–a good hair day increases positive brain activity. I am certain of it. I hesitate to think what writing without touching up my roots has done to my work over the years and look forward to the day when there’s a pill you can take to freshen your hairline. What does it mean to have put a man on the moon if women still have to touch up their roots?
    I guess that I have a lot of work to do on that hot bath…hydration can cause dehydration and chronic dry skin disorders require me to avoid water…but perhaps the cocoa butter will compensate. At least it’s true I’m always dry and have virtually no body odor and no dry cleaning bills! (tmh? “TOO MUCH HONESTY?”)

  • anna June 18, 2015, 3:14 pm

    dear mama gena,
    i would like to thank you so much for this message… i forgot about it…i forgot about myself and my beauty. by working to hard without rest. i did not know what to change, where to start with a reset…no joy, no fun, no love…
    but now i remember, i remember myself, my soul and my good feelings by reading your email…. i had rituals for a long time like taking a bath and oiling my body, morning pages, yoga, laughing yoga, dancing nia….a lot of things that kept me young and happy though a always worked a lot and raised two children alone.
    how could i forget about that?
    I will start right away tomorrow morning with a bath and a new morning ritual 😉
    thank you so much from my heart 😉
    i wanted to come to NYC for a cours already last year… i will come, yes
    many greets from germany heidelberg & love and kisses anna

  • Sheila June 18, 2015, 3:07 pm

    I am inspired! I realize my morning routine of slugging around, watching the news and eating badly, is just as much a “ritual” as some of the wonderful things you all are doing.
    Thank you!!

  • JB June 18, 2015, 2:59 pm

    This was so perfect – needed a hit of Mama G today. Thank you!!! Can’t wait for the new book… xxxxx

  • Sasha June 18, 2015, 2:49 pm

    Beautiful practices Mama Gena! My morning practice is so sacred and special to me, I start looking forward to it the night before, which helps me get to bed at a decent hour so I can wake up and feel that my morning is spacious. My practice changes every so often so I can explore new rituals and ways of organizing my day. At the moment, I get up, make lemon tea, light a candle and diffuse essential oils, read a few pages of whatever spiritual/self-development book I’m reading, pray, and meditate. Then I make a lovely warm breakfast for me and my man. From there, it depends on the day, but usually a hike before I start my work.
    Love you Mama Gena! Thanks always for your guidance and inspiration.

    • Stacey June 26, 2015, 12:18 pm

      Lovely rituals!

  • Sue D June 18, 2015, 2:44 pm

    My morning ritual starts with being grateful that the cat has woken me up yet again to feed her. Purring is a much better sound than the BEEP BEEP BEEP of the alarm clock. I spend a few minutes being thankful for a deep sleep and the opportunity to make the most of a new day. I make a pot of coffee and most mornings head to the gym. After I get my ass kicked, oops I mean move my body, I take a long shower with the best smelling products – scrubs, gels, lotions, etc. I have a healthy protein filled breakfast and head to work. I actually enjoy the time in traffic to sing or dance or chat with a girlfriend (thank you Inventor of Bluetooth). Taking the time for myself and being in gratitude always makes for a good day.

  • Linmayu June 18, 2015, 2:33 pm

    What I actually do:
    1. Hit the snooze button a few times and absolutely luxuriate in the resulting 9-minute naps
    2. Wake up, get non-disgusting, and throw on clothes
    3. Make a big, delicious green smoothie and run out the door with it
    And that’s all I can manage, no matter how early I force myself to go to bed.

    I would love to add some naked dancing, a real shower, contact lenses, perfume and clothes that actually match. I do always wear beautiful sexy underwear (except for those 3 days that require comfort and coverage)…that is a must!

  • Holly Haupt June 18, 2015, 2:04 pm

    SG Hummingbird
    Wow. S Shakaya!
    I am inspired by you and mama too
    As a high priestess of sacred self care I too love my mornings and wake with the sun or sooner! My mornings vary from country to city. In the city I am without a man or dogs
    So I can be more free to write dance sing chant hang upside down jump on my trampoline
    Body roll or just to yoga and fly off my yoga wall!! I usually have coffe or tea or breakfast with a friend where we catch up and spring clean eat something nurturing depending on availability local and seasonal Bringing in my guides and praying at my alter and creating my day are givens. I almost never shower always a fabulous bath with any kind of divine healing oil I desire or salts or other earthly healing clays seaweeds etc are desired. I live in a spa a virtual healing oasis! In summer I do my yoga outside whether on terrace garden or in house garden in country I have a quick cup of tea and take the dogs on a long walk with the honey soon to be hubby and come back for breakfast and other noting rituals Yes I am a morning person!! Love and light to all you sister earth Angels!!

  • Simple Serita June 18, 2015, 2:01 pm

    Thank you for jump starting my consciousness regarding morning rituals. Upon rising, I give thanks, drink my alkaline water with lemon and stretch. Then I put on some jazz and get in the groove in preparing my day. Always asking the creator to bless me with patience, love and understanding….

    Definitely going to incorporate baths on a nightly basis.

  • Yasmine June 18, 2015, 1:51 pm

    Because I have a bus to catch at 6:50 from September to June (I’m 16 and in high school, my mum gave me your book… I’m on holiday now), I usually save my longer self-love rituals for evening.
    Every night, I take a long, hot or cool (what I want tends to change based on the weather) shower. I make an olive-oil sugar scrub beforehand and use it to soften my legs, arms, hands, and feet. I dry off, put on a beautiful nightdress or a big mens’ shirt. I brew myself a cup of tea, which I pour into a china cup with a saucer. I light incense, burn a candle or some essential oil, and I set the cup down on my bedside table. I make my bed (I have beautiful, psychedelic floral sheets, and I fold an extra blanket at the foot of my bed. I drape a beautiful violet-colored burnout velvet fringed shawl over the blanket. My bedroom is lit with shimmery ethereal string lights), then I play whatever music I want to hear. I have a little speaker system set up at the foot of my bed specifically for this purpose.
    Then, I stand in front of the mirror and take in how absolutely foxy I am. I usually wear a silk headscarf so that my hair doesn’t muss as I sleep and a pair of earrings and some bangles. Then I climb into bed, I take out my journal. I open to a new set of pages: one one page, I write all the things in my life, big and small, that I am grateful for: my family, my boyfriend, hot showers, the wonderful school I go to, raspberries… On the opposite page I write down all the things that I love about myself: my grace, my beautiful strong arms, my cleverness, my musical voice… So on and so forth. Then I choose a song that I want to fall asleep to, put my earrings and journal in my drawer, and fall asleep.
    When I wake up, I work out for 20 minutes, eat breakfast (I usually do some baking over the weekend so that I can have scones or pancakes for breakfast during the week), and shower. I put on a little music, usually reggae, and dance while I’m in the shower. I go upstairs, apply makeup and get dressed. Then I start my day.

    • Sue D June 18, 2015, 2:34 pm

      So well bragged young Goddess!!!

    • Christine June 18, 2015, 4:15 pm

      I am bursting with joy and bliss that a teenager has such exquisite self care. At what age did you receive the book and how did it effect you?

    • Heather June 18, 2015, 11:45 pm

      You inspire me. So beautiful Thanks for sharing.

    • Stacey June 26, 2015, 12:16 pm

      Very inspiring Yasmine!

    • Ms.Me October 29, 2016, 1:13 pm

      Do not ever lose this exquisite love for yourself. ????

  • SG Sensual Shakaya June 18, 2015, 1:03 pm

    As an Earth Empress, Exquisite Self Care is my mojo and my message!
    Your morning rituals feel sacred and beautifying…so inspiring.


    I wake with the sun. No matter what time I fall asleep, I wake up when the sun is rising and shining against the green outside. My feet hit the ground and I give thanks. Without thinking but with much thought. There are a million other thoughts that could begin my day: a client’s story, never-enough money, cellulite, war, traffic, an uninspired outfit. But instead, my feet hitting the ground triggers thanks.

    I give thanks for my breath. For the miracle of being in this body because it is a miracle just to be here. My powerful spirit experiences such pleasure in flesh, and I am grateful. I give thanks for the Sun and the Clouds and the Sky. I give thanks for my beautiful life and the tribe that embrace me.

    I give thanks simply for being able to stand. Then I sit back down. Light my candle. And close my eyes in front of a cedarwood candle. I spend at least five minutes until I find that sweet spot, and then I spend five minutes more whispering Thank yous and drinking in the life force nectar for the day.

    I wish for the love I feel for the world to travel and shine across the sea to people who might not feel the power and privilege that I have. I wish for a clear and bright path to walk through, holding my dreams and medicine close, ready to share them and release them to the world. I wish for woman to unite and make magic and heal our beauty, free our power and change the world with our mystery. The creative force that seems to grow like roots from their soul. Their beauty…oh, their beauty. And to know I possess it, too… We come from the Creative Force of all Life. That is sexy. We are all that hot and sexy. Claim it. Claim it.

    Then I stretch. This might look different every day. I stretch toward the sun. Sometimes I get on the ground and stretch to the Earth. Sometimes I just stand there and swing my hips. It’s all about getting the fire sparked. So…whatever feels right.

    Because my body is my Temple and it knows what it wants.
    I began my morning ritual after a long night of flying through my dreams. It always reminds me that I am here…you are here…and this time together is a gift to open again every single morning.

    Then I’m ready…I take a moment to see how full my cup really is.

    I pour hot lemongrass tea I made the night before waiting for me in a thermos by my bed into my favorite mug that is hand painted and feels amazing to hold, and I write out my Intention of who I will BE, what I will DO and ENJOY that day. Whatever makes my heart flutter and makes me bite my lip, I inscribe my day and declare my desire to the Universe who listens like the most attentive Lover. Everything is on it’s way. It all begins with clarity and a beautiful intention. Just one simple thought is so vastly powerful and can truly move mountains.

    I make my bed look like a prayer. I never hurry or rush.


    The sunrise calls me to open and see myself in her beauty, eyes wide and heart wider. With the energy of a Queen I walk in the forest barefoot, amoung the tree beings, the grass people, the animals and spirits of the land and I feel them shimmer in delight ‘She’s here!’ as I pass by. I hear them giggle. I talk to them. Children somehow magically, intuitively, without one doubt know that trees are the wisest on this earth. They’ve watched us all come into the world, learn to walk, fall in love. They’re our witnesses. Walk alone. Often. Against the shadow of trees, weave in and out between their bodies and remember how long it takes to Grow. An hour every day. In the Earth. Silence your mind. Infuse your skin with all things power and peace. I dance. I have a need, a shamanic release, to go out and move my hips like a wild woman in the deep of the Earth.

    I receive Nature’s wisdom and beauty until I am filled to overflowing…and then I prepare to give..I might gather flowers and herbs and takes them to my elder neighbours and remind them of their old wise roots.

    Now… it’s garden to kitchen- I wish for a million healing beads of light to travel from my fingers out and through my food and roll into every dish so whoever eats are finally healed and see the light, including me. Cucumber. Avocado. Lime. Banana. Pear. Om. I make one for my beloved. Life needs very few ingredients to be delicious. He is one. Turns out, gentlemen don’t prefer blondes. They prefer hot.

    My hair is tossed up on top of my head messy and sexy and I smell somewhere between my lavender lemonade and the jasmine flowers I rubbed against my glowing bare breasts after the bath.

    I play music, the soundtrack of my best life and strut around in my undies with love in my heart ready to put my beauty mark on the day. I decide how to adorn my body in a way that inspires something you don’t see everyday…. I want to be seen and use my voice for something good and beautiful. We are here to be seen and heard. We are here to heal the Earth. We are here to savor the magic of this life.

    • SG Marie June 19, 2015, 2:04 pm

      Beautiful. Well done, thank you – your post is my desire.

    • Coreille June 19, 2015, 7:21 am

      Wow….do I have a LONG way to go in this area!! But YOU, Sister SG SS, have it all together…..

    • anita brown June 23, 2015, 11:28 pm

      SG you are an inspiration!! this article and convo are just brimming with wellness tips and I look forward to adding some to my routine.

    • Dancing in Radiance June 24, 2015, 10:27 am

      Your inspiring message gave me hope this morning as I read it. I feel as if I have been on a SG draught and need juiciness. The savoring of the day, the aromas suggested, the positive intentions for the day, the immersion in nature… all gave me the turn-around I needed.
      Thank you

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  • Jill June 18, 2015, 1:01 pm

    Thank you for this post. I used to dread mornings and now they are my favorite part of the day. I start by brewing a cup of earl gray tea with cocanut creamer, grab my journal and snoring aging dachshund and curl up on the couch for the 3 morning pages. I follow this with a 10 minute meditation and finish with a poem from a randomly pulled book. Then a good breakfast with fresh blueberries, shower with a tropical smelling bath gel and a rub down with cocanut oil. You got me started on this ritual years ago, with your book, and I am so grateful.

  • Brittany June 18, 2015, 12:32 pm

    Thanks so much for this! I have a wonderful morning ritual when I am at my own house with a beautiful space. When I stay at my boyfriends things are a bit cluttered, he is further from my work so things tend to be a bit more rushed… Any advice for being a Goddess on the go? 🙂


  • Susan June 18, 2015, 12:27 pm

    After several years of caretaking elderly parents and then dealing with the after math as designated Executrix of the estate …… I made a life altering decision. I declared that from June 1, 2015 forward….. I will always have gorgeous luxurious exquisite matching French lace bras and panties. It’s an investment in my beauty and my confidence and my sexuality. I love the secret of knowing I have something ravishing on underneath my clothing. I spent $1000 on fuschia and turquoise and purple and black with electric blue flowers……..and I feel fantastic!!! At 55 years young I am still turning heads. I Do Declare That…….. I am a rare exotic rapturous flower.
    Susan ……. The Boundary Bay Mermaid Loving Life by the Ocean

    • Linmayu June 18, 2015, 2:35 pm

      YES!! You’re worth it <3

    • joanna June 19, 2015, 1:40 am

      That’s self love!

    • Ms.Me October 29, 2016, 1:05 pm

      THIS made me giddy with delight!

  • Natalia June 18, 2015, 12:24 pm

    Great rituals shared here. I am looking forward to incorporating some writing into my mornings. Though at the moment l stay at home with my 7 months old son and writing just doesn’t fit ) My morning rituals become very simple: First time l see myself in a mirrow l say:”good morning beautiful/gorgeouse/sweety/you name it ) and smile. Always wash my face and brush my hair while prasing it. Really love my hair.Kissing my hands,my shoulders and blowing kiss to my reflection. That is consistent. When l can l make a cup of tea and enjoy it while breastfeeding and somewhere during the day l always have a dance break, usually with my son or him just seating and wathching me dance which he loves )

  • Eugena June 18, 2015, 11:43 am

    I adore the rituals you shared.

    I drink warm lemon water and take tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. I recite affirmations and then chant for 5-7 minutes. If time permits, I write in my journal.

    I miss taking baths though. I must return to it.

  • Simone Butler June 18, 2015, 11:39 am

    I feed the cats first (or else I’ll hear about it all morning!), drink a big glass of water with magnesium powder, then do a short series of Chinese wake-up exercises I learned years ago from an acupuncturist. This is followed by a cup of tea while I check my email. Then I visit my altar, where I bless the day and ask my ancestors, guides and totem animals for specific help with whatever I’m facing. After I shower, I walk the small rock labyrinth I built in my backyard for grounding. Then I eat breakfast (these days a Nutri-bullet drink with greens, fruit, spirolina powder and flaxseed meal) and I’m ready to work!

    • Deb June 18, 2015, 4:49 pm

      Goddess, you made a rock labyrinth in your backyard! How genius! Rubbing your head… 🙂

  • Courtney Mitchell June 18, 2015, 11:14 am

    It’s scary how accurate this is for me today. Don’t you just love synchronistical surprises?

  • Brandy June 18, 2015, 11:13 am

    Thank you, Mama Gena!
    I took advantage of the shake up to this mornings “normal” routine to spend some time writing out mind vomit. I have been so busy doing “work writing” that a ton of emotional stuff had backed up…
    As I wrote I realized what area of my life was putting a damper on all the other joy happening. And I scrawled across the page….
    After my writing I went to my inbox and found THIS important reminder. Thank you indeed!

  • Tiger Lili June 18, 2015, 11:11 am

    I also don’t have a morning ritual. I just get up, shower, and run to the office but today I decided to stay home and take care of my well being.
    Made a fresh mixed berry juice and I am here reading your inspiring messages and creating my morning ritual and self care routine.
    Thank you MamaGena and thank you all ladies for your inspirational messages.

  • Jessica June 18, 2015, 10:58 am

    I love this as it is a reminder to keep honouring our radiance even when things get busy, as things are for me at the moment! I am going to take this post and use it to make my mornings better, and to start looking at mornings as that time for myself, in my quiet apartment with the sun streaming in.

    Solitude and dancing are how I honour my body; I recently started belly dancing and I feel my emotions move through my body when I do certain movements, and I am reminded of how amazing we all are!!!!

    Thanks again for the timely article. I look forward to the next one. 🙂

  • Elizabeth June 18, 2015, 10:55 am

    I don’t have a real morning ritual but after reading your post i will definitely start one. It is time I started taking better care of myself as i recover from lumbar spinal fusion. Thank you for your post

  • Camille June 18, 2015, 10:52 am

    I love hearing all these rituals. I currently drink tea, pray, read and stretch but I’m going to incorporate journaling and more intention.

  • mama gena June 18, 2015, 10:50 am

    sheila, melissa, twinkle and –wow–almut–
    i love the rituals you have just added to my life- thank you.
    fave frame: ‘I am my own peace of art so to speak. ‘

  • Almut zur Linden June 18, 2015, 10:42 am

    Dear Mama gena, I agree with you and have developed over the years this ritual:
    1. taking a spoon ful of cocnut oil in my mouth moving it till I spit it out and rinse my mouth with hot water.
    2. the 5 tibetans
    3. rub my body with rough gloves.
    4. wipe it with a cold humid flannel.
    5. kokonut oil on my whole body.
    6. while I drink cold or hot water with f.i. MMS (or perhaps it is calleD MSM), write my morning pages (Julia Cameron)
    7. Take half a tea spoon with Ginseng
    8. Breakfast: is Quinoa, with a bunch of Herbs from my balcony, tomatos, goat cheese with oil and japanese vinegar called Ume Su. I drink only distilled water, which I vitalize afterwards with an alchimator (which forms a vortex).
    I can do this only because I dont go to work anymore (age 81) and when I have no vistors staying over night and when I am not on a journey.
    But if that is the case, I feel it at once.
    I am my own peace of art so to speak. I have never felt as good and healthy and happy before in my life.

    • Adrienne June 18, 2015, 4:05 pm

      How many years have you been doing the 5 Tibetans (exercises)? Do you find it serves you at 81 years old? That’s when the proof really shows, I’d imagine!

    • Linda June 21, 2015, 12:50 pm

      This is the way to go about living life, thank you for sharing.

    • SG Dannielle December 29, 2015, 7:34 am

      Wow how beautiful! That’s an amazing routine! I so desire to have mornings where I have nowhere to be. I work from home most of the time right now, but I always feel beholden to someone else — even on the weekends, so I don’t know that I ever truly relax. (sigh) definitely something I aspire to!

  • Melissa June 18, 2015, 10:27 am

    Your post is very timely & I love your exuberant, yet disciplined (being a disciple to one’s highest self) example of embracing life! Thank you!
    I have been experimenting with, & beginning to establish, my own personal morning practices & am now sharing this exploration with my mother.
    I feel the most victorious when I rise early, drink water with lemon, write my morning pages ( is a good online version), honor my body with more water (finishing with cold water & coconut or Haitian castor oil), giving myself freedom of movement–yoga, dance, running, walking, & then also opening into sound. Over the years, sound has become more & more key for me to feel attuned & express gratitude. And then, of course, eating well.
    If I manage all this by about 9am, I have such a sense of victory that whatever else comes into my day feels manageable & even welcome. And from these practices of gratitude for my very existence, I am simultaneously grounded & grow wings.

    • Linda June 21, 2015, 6:57 am

      Thank you Melissa, the greatest challenge for me is self-care, it’s due to lack of discipline and self-love. I always find it difficult to honor myself, now, you give an example that I want to follow. I love all the things you talked about and often do them, but not everyday, and not even once a month. I am sorry that I took myself for granted, never find time to take care of me, even when I have all the time in the world.

  • Twinkle Burke June 18, 2015, 10:21 am

    I am loving my rituals.
    I oli pull for 20 minutes-usually getting things organized in the kitchen while my water boils.
    I write my “Morning Pages” from Julia Cameron’s, “The Artist’s Way” which end with the Mama Gena Three (as I call it) A “brag”(I’d like to call it something else but it’ll do!), my list of gratitude, and my list of desires. Sometimes I throw in a list of people I need to forgive, including myself.
    I do this while drinking hot water with lemon.
    I meditate for at least 10 minutes.
    I do my “Altucher 10” which is listing 10 ideas on a topic/theme daily. A practice I have learned from James and Claudia Altucher.

    I am in a place of uncertainty and fear at the moment, and these keep me grounded.

    Thanks for all that you do!
    Laugh as much as you breathe!


    • Sister Goddess Dazzling Debra June 19, 2015, 9:34 am

      YES, Oil Pulling is amazing!!

    • Tammy Collado August 14, 2015, 1:57 am

      Oil pulling is great. I do morning pages also a la Julia Cameron. I will incorporate Mama Gena Three. I read devotionals and/or uplifting materials while I have my coffee. Before showering, I do Oleanation (sp?) and that’s massaging oil (I use coconut oil) . I leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes while I make my bed and tidy up. Then I get in the shower and wash it off. I use warm oil post shower with essential oils before I towel off. I feel wonderful after that.

  • Sheila Eckert June 18, 2015, 10:17 am

    I am going to start taking a bath rather than shower…what a brilliant idea…I love baths….and it is a great way to clean away and toxic energy.

    I sing every morning…because I love to sing, and I move my body when I sing…it makes me feel sexy….