When we put energy and intention into Self-care for the Five Senses, we experience our lives in a different way and awaken to things that we haven’t explored before. We come into union with what makes us feel best and have a new knowledge of how to meet the world with strength and confidence. Everything and everyone we interact with moves through us energetically, and when the senses are consciously considered this exchange happens even more organically.
Self-care for the Five Senses is important, foundational work. We learn how to soothe and strengthen ourselves with regular practice. Through this process, we gather information that will forever help us deal with life. As our knowledge grows, we identify what makes us feel safe, secure, and capable- and learn how to take care of ourselves when life feels challenging. Self-care for the Five Senses boosts our ability to experience optimal health and happiness, not sometimes, but all the time. In implementing these holistic practices, we reevaluate and, therefore, reorganize the way we deal with difficulties that arise in our lives.
As is the case with so many of the practices I teach, the principles of Self-Care for the Five Senses are not difficult. What can be challenging, though, is maintaining the consistency of the practice; it’s through consistency that you’ll most recognize the potency of the practice. Integrate them into your life and recognize the extent of your healing potential that is now, and always will be, available to you.
- Tongue Scraping- upon waking, brush your teeth with a natural toothpaste. Use a copper or stainless steel tongue scraper to remove toxins that settle on the tongue while you’re asleep. Scrape the tongue, from back to front, 2-3 times, rinsing the scraper in between.
- Coconut Oil Pulling- a spoonful of coconut oil (you can buy it at any grocery store) will clean your teeth more thoroughly than brushing, flossing, and gargling with antiseptic mouthwash. First thing in the morning, put a spoonful of coconut oil in your mouth and swish it around for 10 to 15 minutes. Swishing the oil in the mouth and pulling it through the teeth it releases bacteria, mucus, and other toxins. Do not swallow! Spit it out in a waste bin and rinse your mouth with warm water. This practice supports healthy gums, a fresh mouth, and bright teeth.
- Dry Brushing- Practice this first thing in the morning before you take a shower. Find a natural fiber, long handled shower brush. Gently brush your body from head to toe which encourages and supports the release of toxins through the lymphatic system. Always brush towards the heart center and do it daily for 3- 5 minutes.
- Self Massage- in the evening, when you are preparing for bed, take a soothing, warm shower. (Warm the oil- organic sesame oil is best in the winter because of its healing properties- before you get into the shower). Stay in the shower long enough to stimulate the lymphatic system and soothe the nervous system, about 3-5 minutes. When you get out, dab yourself dry and apply oil to the upper body. Massage the head, ears, face, neck, arms and legs. When that is complete, sit down and massage your feet. Have a pair of pajamas ready to jump into, leaving the oil on your skin for the night.
- Warm the eyes- Before you get out of bed, place your hands over your eyes to warm them and experience the energy of your hands.
- Soothing Light- Be aware of lighting throughout your day and modify it when you can, make the light feel comforting.
- Computer- If your job requires that you sit in front of a computer all day, take regular breaks from staring at the monitor. Close your eyes whenever possible, roll them in one direction and then the other and then come to stillness.
- Refresh your tired eyes- When your eyes feel dry find an organic solution to soothe them like a naturally distilled rose water. Put the organic solution on a clean washcloth and place it over your eyes as you rest.
- Listen to soothing music, particularly in the morning as you are waking up. Enjoy mantras, nature sounds, and kind, loving words. Resist the tendency to turn on the news first thing in the morning or have heated conversations that start the day in a jarring way. Beginning the day in this soothing way sets up a loving foundation for the rest of your day.
- In the shower or bath, massage your ears with warm water. When drying, take a soft cloth or tissue and dry the outer ear and canal only as far as you finger can reach in. Q-Tips can be harmful to the inner ear when we insert them too far, be careful how you use them.
- Protect your ears from loud noises.
- Neti Pot- A wonderful way to keep the sinus passages lubricated, particularly in the dry winter months. Use the neti pot with purified water warm water to soothe and clear the sinuses. click here for demonstration
- Place a small amount of organic sesame or coconut oil in the palm of your hand, dip your finger in it and sniff in the oil, while closing off the other nostril.
- Find a soothing essential oil that you love, available at your local health food store. Put a few drops in the palm of your hand and rub your hands together. Close your eyes and take in a deep breath. There are healing benefits to essential oils, consider substituting them for perfumes and colognes.