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Love Activism for Tender Artists—10+ Ways to Heal, Nurture, and Make a Difference Through Art

by Hillary Rain

Art moves us. Art inspires, evokes, and speaks with an influence that can’t be ignored. As artists, we have a powerful opportunity to help shift collective consciousness. We have the alchemy to make someone see, feel, understand, and be haunted by something which can elicit lasting change.

Consider this: if we were having a conversation, I might tell you, “So the other day, there was this woman who stood in the street as cops came at her with guns.” 

Or I could simply say, “Look at this.” 

Which makes you feel more? Which stirs your senses? Which wraps flesh and blood around a moment you’ll never forget?

Creating the life you long for includes the world you live in right now. A world aching for peace. There are many powerful and gifted people on the front lines organizing events, making a difference through activism, speaking up and out. But when we are soft-spoken, sensitive, introverted, quiet and tender introspective artists…how? What does our brand of love activism look like? Whether our community is in pain over a tragic event, or the oppression of fellow humans is out of control, or our best friend is grieving a loss, as artists we want to make a difference. 

Artists, we need you. We need each other. 

As an artist, you are blessed with magic because you are brimming with all kinds of creative gifts: your ability to move someone. The way you can use your words, your camera, your paintbrush to leave a lasting impression. The way you can share a message that cannot be ignored. The way you can both disarm and provoke through art. You can be an effective and powerful love activist who uses your creative gifts + authentic truth to heal, evoke and inspire.

Writer? Write.

If you are gifted with the written word, you are in an incredible position to make a difference. 

Fiction1984 and The Fountainhead are just two powerful classics that still impact our world today. The art of telling stories is a way to move, evoke, inspire, and challenge someone to examine what they think, how they live, or what they believe. Stories help disarm us, help to put us in someone else’s shoes. Write a novel and share your truth. Make us feel something. Make us remember something. Make us want to change something. 

Non-fiction—Write your own story. Write your memoir or start a blog sharing your life. What experiences have shaped you? What brought you to where you are today? What do you want others to know? Why are you passionate about change? What do you believe? What have you learned? If you had a microphone, what would you say? (Quietly, in a book, of course.) Write the stories of others. Interview those who have dwelt in the shadow of oppression all their lives. Give them a voice. 

Other non-fiction—We live in the age of social media. It’s true that just sharing relevant hashtags doesn’t do much by itself, but if you’re on social media anyway, lending your voice and spreading awareness can go a long way in the collective conversation. Share your story. You can also share your beliefs in posts, tweets, comments, re-shares and more. Or write articles for journalistic publications. Start a new website for your cause. 

Bonus: What is your favorite inspirational book? Share in the comments below!

Photographer? Help others see.

If you have a camera, you are equipped with a powerful way to create change through visual evocation. What do you want others to see? What is your creative mission? Beauty? Truth? The stories and experiences of others? Living conditions around your city? The faces of those in need so others can see themselves reflected in haunted, hungry eyes and be challenged to do something? 

You don’t need expensive equipment or a sleek website. Start an Instagram account sharing what you see so others can see it, too. For inspiration, check out Humans of New York on Insta. 

Use your photography to document injustice. How will history unfold through your lens? Help us remember. We need to remember. 

Artist, you must create. Dare to make art. Your defiance and determination are energy which fuels the collective consciousness. Share your work wherever you can. Let others see you living a beauty rebellion where you are so hungry for what is beautiful that your art itself becomes a revolt.
— Hillary Rain

Painter? Art journaler? Multi-media artist? Dancer? Move us with something provocative.

Your gifts of noticing beauty, of movement, of grace, and your talent with the pen, the brush, the light leaks and the layers are all sacred ways to nurture and heal. Offering something beautiful to look at, to feel, to see, and to experience is necessary for the world to become a softer, more compassionate place. You provide relief. Hope. Ways to transcend the ache or grief. To remind us there is more, there is better, there is another way. 

Artist, your medicine is soul medicine. Be a beauty activist. This is the sort of rebellion that makes flowers burst through cracks in the sidewalk or lays gold in the lines of a shattered vase to repair it. Beauty is a healer because it moves us to another way of seeing, feeling, thinking, or being. By making beauty you are silently showing the world a better way.

So you must create. Dare to make art. Your defiance and determination are energy which fuels the collective consciousness. Share your work wherever you can. Let others see you living a beauty rebellion where you are so hungry for what is beautiful that your art itself becomes a revolt.

Bonus: One of my favorite creative beauty activists: Jade Beall. Who are yours?

Make your own Guerilla Art

Use your talents to spread a message of love, hope and ways others can facilitate change. Here is how:

  • First, choose the size you want to create (a credit card makes a good template, or choose a 4x4 square) and create a foundation. 
  • By hand—Paint, draw, or splash coffee on card-stock for a creative background. Digital—Use a photo or layer textures and colors.
  • Next, brainstorm simple sentences, phrases or words that inspire and evoke. Write or type them onto your background. Let them be your love notes to the world, your wake-up call, your plea.
  • Finish with any printing, cutting, or shaping of your art. Carry them with you and secure them on community bulletin boards or other creative places.

Bonus: what would your Guerilla Art say? Share below!

Listen well

The art of listening is one of the kindest gifts you can give someone in pain. Especially when it’s the kind of pain you’ve never felt and may not understand. Hold space with compassion. Don’t rush to respond. Don’t interrupt. And especially don’t jump in with your own story. Let your loved one cry, vent, and repeat their account. And be the one who believes them. People in pain or who are processing injustice may be used to having their experiences or emotions dismissed and invalidated by others. Be the one who looks them in the eyes with earnest acceptance. You might not understand exactly what they are going through, but you can believe them. This is a powerful way to help someone else find words and process their experience. “Telling and listening to stories is the way we make sense of our lives.”—Dr. Thomas K. Houston (Source)

Recommended resource: Listening as Healing

Connect

You’ve probably heard this. Maybe you’ve even said it: “When my mom died I found out who my real friends were.” Or, “When I went through my divorce, he was there for me.” Be that one. Whether the pain is personal or communal, show up. Maybe you can’t fix what happened but you can be there. Don’t run away. When someone is grieving, angry at injustice, or heartbroken, stay with them as they process their emotions and express their truths. You can be a soft place to land. Reach out in person if you can—wash their dishes, rub their feet, call. Or write letters. Bake a loaf of fresh bread, chop vegetables for healing soup, and show up at their door. Send flowers. Ask how they are—really. Be a shoulder to lean on. Offer to babysit. Take them to dinner or pay for a healing massage. Let them know they are not alone. Sometimes this is the most healing of all.

Start an artist collective

If you’ve ever felt powerless, alone, or uncertain how to make a change, you can be sure others have felt the same. What skills, passions, and resources are available in your niche? How can your collective utilize communal strength to emphasize what you are for? Many cities have gathering space in local coffeeshops, public parks, used bookstores and more. Put out a call on Craigslist, through Meet-Up, or design flyers to post around town. (Be safe! Always meet in public and don’t go alone.)

Here are some ideas for your collective… 

Organize a peaceful protest + art revolution. • Make an area of your city beautiful. • Hold a free art camp for kids. • Plan an auction for art / services and give the proceeds to a cause you’re passionate about. • Host an art-journaling + awareness workshop. • Plan a community picnic at a public park and share love, food, music, peace and flowers. • Have shirts made and wear them as you hand out flowers + cards or handmade ‘Zines directing people to your website. • Arrange a local meet-up and use the time to write letters to local and national leaders asking what they are doing to change an oppressive system. • Start a local meal service to organize home-cooked food at births or bereavements, protests, rallies, or other events within the framework of your cause. • Work with your local library to start an after-school art program teaching kids the power and potential of creativity. • Do random acts of beauty. • Write love letters to your city. Post them publicly. • Hand out water bottles or cups of cold water during protests. • Offer cool washcloths for hot, sweaty faces during events. Bonus: have refreshing, chilled aromatherapy mists available, too. • Make energy cookies and hand those out. • To invest in the longevity of your work, stay updated on local laws + regulations. • Hold a creativity + awareness workshop for adults who don’t know where to begin learning how to make art.

Be a safe place

Grief is vulnerable. When someone is pressed close to tragedy, injustice, abuse, heartache, or any other pain, it’s hard to know who to trust. Grief slices open the sacred interior of things and leaves us hanging out, exposed, our gaping wounds bleeding and weeping in the sudden rush of light. Be a safe place. Be the one giving your friend unspoken permission to fall apart, knowing you will protect their dignity. That you’ll be there to catch them. That you will support, protect, and stay. That you won’t betray them on social media or to others. As an artist, an empath, a healer, you are especially equipped to hold and behold the undulant layers of grief. It takes your intuition, your wisdom, your infinite ability to observe, listen, and feel.

Dear artist, you doing you is sacred work.

Remember, we need all kinds of people. Activists on the front lines, creating change. Artists, creating the world they long for. Healers, mending the wounds. You are needed. You, with your unique gifts, insights, and way of being in the world, are invaluable. Don’t let others shame you for not being like someone else. Don’t buy into the shame of “You’re not doing enough.” 

Be guided by being authentically YOU and bring yourself to the ache of the world. Maybe you stumble over the spoken word but can write a killer, unforgettable essay. Maybe you have panic attacks in crowds, but are a breath of fresh air after, cleaning and healing the space. Maybe you know how to cook for an army and can support the energy and stamina of those who organize events by preparing delicious, nourishing food. There is a perfect place for you, whoever you are, with your own personality and gifts. Be willing. Be creative. Love actively. Show up. 


Hillary Rain is a writer, artist + gentle guide who works with women to create the lives they long for. Connect at HillaryRain.com.

Comfort & Joy: Finding the Inner Warmth of Winter Through Hygge

 Photos by Laura Mazurek.

Photos by Laura Mazurek.

by Hillary Rain

I will always remember the mornings I woke as a child to find ice crystals on the inside of my bedroom window, the sun shining through, cold and beautiful, like light through etched glass. 

Sometimes I scratched my name into it, or a heart, but most often my frozen nose sent me tumbling out of bed, shrieking as feet hit the frigid floor. I headed straight to the living room where I hoped my father had risen before me to load the stove with wood and flame. 

We’d hover above it, my sisters and I, scorching our faces while our backsides grew numb with cold, then turn around for the relief of heat crawling up our backs. And then, bowls of oatmeal and molasses to fill our bellies, socks and mittens and scarves layered on, and outside to break the ice in buckets so our goats and chickens could drink. 

In a vintage farmhouse, built without modern amenities, one grows intimate with nature. The way winter presses herself deep into the bone, or skin grows damp with humidity and rain. The way January breath holds itself before you when you speak. The falling asleep, shivering, after finding the perfect tent for your nose under a blanket where you are warmish, but can still breathe. Or, in summer, lying as naked as can be, slick with sweat, fighting between mosquitoes and one layer of sheet which was even, sometimes, too much. 

Nature is a wild mistress.

In living with the winter elements there is a strange sort of surrender that happens: first, you hate it, because you feel helpless and always, always cold. You might quietly swear that you will never be cold when you’re a grownup and can have the kind of heat which comes through vents like magic. You will have socks without holes and a bedroom where ice doesn’t form on the inside of windows overnight. But then life settles in, the routine of it—day after day like trudging through snow, night after night with sister bodies pressed together for warmth in sleep. You get through it, because that’s what you do. And slowly, without realizing it, a kind of living beauty emerges—distant and bleak at first, but it’s the sort of alchemical beauty that means something because it dwells in unconventional places, just for you. 

And when you find it, it stays with you…

While I no longer experience the winter’s chill of my childhood, it has given me a tender empathy for those who dread the cold seasons, the long dark nights of the year or the soul, the razor winds that bite the cheeks. Those who wander streets without shelter, at the mercy of nature and a neighbor’s good will. Those who struggle to find joy in their days without the serotonin of a friendly sun. Those without full, warm bellies and clean, soft beds. My gratitude for the blessings I enjoy is not without a hunger, lingering and urgent, to bring comfort to those intimate with nature in their own way, who have not yet discovered unconventional beauty, perhaps because I have not done all I can to show them.

Hygge

As I look for ways to do this, I am inspired by one of the happiest countries in the world, Denmark, and their cultural concept called Hygge. Pronounced “hue-gah,” hygge is the art of comfort, especially in dark winter seasons. It is finding enjoyment through simple living and everyday grace. “It’s a way of life that looks at a long, dark, cold winter and says ‘you are to be savored, not just survived.’”—Alison Dunn, @thesanguineskep It is presence with and presence to—gentleness, intimacy, warmth, coziness, comforting rituals, loved ones. Hygge embodies our most sacred dreams of home.

“It’s a way of life that looks at a long, dark, cold winter and says ‘you are to be savored, not just survived.’”—Alison Dunn

How can hygge help us savor winter? How could I have savored winter as a little girl who etched her name on her bedroom windows in ice? How do you help those exposed to the elements find some kind of hope as their toes freeze and you hear winter in their lungs? How do you savor the dark winter seasons of the heart and a soul’s shadow journey? How do you cross the bridge from dwindling survival to the warm and leaping fires of joy?

Embracing hygge as a way through what could otherwise be a long, dreary season—of the year or of the soul—means just as much to the spirit as to the body, if not more. I believe the secret is found in a willingness to be present to pain just as much as to comfort. If we stay present to what is, opening our hearts and allowing beauty to find us, we will be guided through. Moment by moment. And these sacred moments bear graceful witness and gentle compassion for the ache of winter living. If we learn to embrace it ourselves, both the ache and the way, we can learn how to share it with others. 

Through simple connection, nourishment, and presence, we can help walk each other home.

Here are five simple ways to add hygge to your life.

1. Gather your roots—stock up on root veggies like carrots, potatoes, turnips, beets, onions & garlic. Wash, chop, and toss them in a large baking dish with olive oil, salt, and pepper to taste. Roast until tender and darkened, stirring as needed. Roasting roots in the oven will not only fill your home with mouthwatering warmth, they will fill your body with nurturing comfort. You can enjoy them as a side dish, leave them a little crunchy for snacky finger food, or eat them on their own! You can also blend them into soups or stew, add them to your salad, stuff them into enchiladas or a baked potato, or fold them into an omelet.   

2. Nest—create a cozy nook for yourself and your loved ones. Arrange plush pillows on the floor, make indoor “tents” with twinkle-lights and warm-colored sheets draped from the ceiling. Keep soft blankets always within reach, along with a wood-board of nourishing snacks—nuts, apple slices, roasted roots, pumpkin seeds or dried cranberries—for “grazing.” Make popcorn and watch a movie from your nest. Sip herbal tea. Read books, to yourself or your kids, or journal.

3. Light candles—first thing in the morning, even if you don’t have much time before work, light a candle before you begin your day. The element of fire invites warmth to your spirit. And for those not blessed with a fireplace, locate or create a safe surface area in your home and arrange a group of candles for a fireplace effect. Be creative! Vary sizes and heights, or even colors, for a beautiful and warm display. 

4. Make coffee dates—and follow through. Whether you meet your partner or a friend for espresso at your local coffeehouse, or brew your own at home and open up Skype, connect with someone you love at least once a week. Talk—really talk, not just about bills or the kids, business or the weather. Be willing to be vulnerable. Meet heart to heart. Discover something new about each other. Explore another layer of yourself.

5. Stock your car with blankets—for yourself and for others. Wintery weather can make driving and fulfilling simple errands a difficult task. Keeping blankets in your car can help ease the cold, windy, wet or icy shock of running in and out of stores. If you ever get stuck in ice or snow or run out of gas, they will help keep you cozy until help arrives. And in your travels, if you come across a poor shivering soul, having a soft, fresh blanket to hand over can be the warmest gift.

What other ideas do you have? Tag me on Instagram at @LushFolk and let me know! I’d love to see how you bring coziness and comfort to your days.


HILLARY RAIN

WRITER | ARTIST | SEEKER (AND SEER) OF UNCONVENTIONAL BEAUTY + EVOCATIVE TRUTH

I hold sacred space for creative and spiritual women through my unique and sometimes unconventional approach to life coaching. My clients feel like friends, and we connect via cozy conversations. Other ongoing projects include photography, meditative vocal work, and more. Stay informed through my weeklyish love-letters and see what I'm up to these days on Instagram.


*This article originally appeared in Issue No. 3 of the Bohemian Collective Magazine. Available now! 

Celebrating 50 Years of Country Music

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Celebrating The 50th Annual CMA Awards with a date night listening party sponsored by Cost Plus World Market

In honor of "The 50th Annual CMA Awards", James and I decided to share a fun way to celebrate the event with a pre-listening date night.  If your planning on watching Country Music’s Biggest Night™ this is a little something you can plan ahead of time to make it an extra special evening.  You may get together with the fam or friends for this too, but for us two homebodies, a date night on our porch is just perfect for us. 

Celebrating The 50th Annual CMA Awards with a date night listening party sponsored by Cost Plus World Market

I grew up in the Cowboy Capital of The World, Bandera, Texas.  Country music is something that is in your blood when you are raised in places like this.  For most of my youth I declared that I hated country music, but when I was 15 that all changed when I went to my first Willie Nelson concert.  I knew my mom and Nanna loved his music, but it wasn't until I stood there hearing the music in my whole body that I was forever changed. 

Fun little story... The night of the concert I was hanging out with my boyfriend at the time and his best friend.  We had met my family at the venue and I was trying to convince my mom to buy tickets for them as well.  As she was trying to explain to me that she could not afford to buy two more tickets, Willie's harmonica player was standing by listening.  He came over to us and invited us all to come in and enjoy the music.  It was like fate's hand had touched us... That night I fell in love with Willie Nelson, and I also fell in love with my boyfriend's best friend.  True story.  We ended up dancing for hours (first time I had ever really danced too), and the rest was history.  Even though that relationship only lasted about 8 months, I was starry eyed and head over heels in love, and Willie may have just been the reason!

Since then I have seen Willie in concert several more times, and have even received a kiss from him in one of his crowd lines after a show.  (I'm sure he kisses them all, but it felt pretty special to me... my Nanna told me to never wash my face after that, ha ha).  I was also invited one year to enjoy the concert he puts on annually at his ranch in Luck, Texas.  That is something I will never forget.  Willie Nelson is a generational legend in our family, and I am so happy to pass that love down to my little Ava Pearl. 

I will never forget the many times my mom told me why she loved Willie Nelson so much.  He united the cowboys and the hippies in one place through his music.  I would say that is a pretty awesome thing to be able to do.

Celebrating The 50th Annual CMA Awards with a date night listening party sponsored by Cost Plus World Market
Celebrating The 50th Annual CMA Awards with a date night listening party sponsored by Cost Plus World Market
Celebrating The 50th Annual CMA Awards with a date night listening party sponsored by Cost Plus World Market
Celebrating The 50th Annual CMA Awards with a date night listening party sponsored by Cost Plus World Market
Celebrating The 50th Annual CMA Awards with a date night listening party sponsored by Cost Plus World Market
Celebrating The 50th Annual CMA Awards with a date night listening party sponsored by Cost Plus World Market
Celebrating The 50th Annual CMA Awards with a date night listening party sponsored by Cost Plus World Market
Celebrating The 50th Annual CMA Awards with a date night listening party sponsored by Cost Plus World Market
Celebrating The 50th Annual CMA Awards with a date night listening party sponsored by Cost Plus World Market
Celebrating The 50th Annual CMA Awards with a date night listening party sponsored by Cost Plus World Market

James and I broke out some of my Willie vinyls (and a few other country favorites), popped open some of our favorite drinks (Bundaberg's ginger beer is the BEST), some yummy snacks, and enjoyed each others company. We will be planning on doing this again the night of "The 50th Annual CMA Awards". 50 years is a big milestone for the awards, so I'm sure they will be going in big time with the entertainment. They recently created a music video with 30 country artists singing a medley of Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton & John Denver in celebration. I've attached it below for you to see! I am personally in favor of the old country classics like Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash... but I sure don't mind watching Keith Urban any chance I get. ;) However, pretty much any country song that comes on the radio that was recorded pre 2000, I will know the words to. Growing up in a small country town like this, it just surrounds you and becomes part of you. I kind of love that.

Celebrating The 50th Annual CMA Awards with a date night listening party sponsored by Cost Plus World Market
Celebrating The 50th Annual CMA Awards with a date night listening party sponsored by Cost Plus World Market
Celebrating The 50th Annual CMA Awards with a date night listening party sponsored by Cost Plus World Market
Celebrating The 50th Annual CMA Awards with a date night listening party sponsored by Cost Plus World Market

Cost Plus World Market has been one of my favorite stores for as long as I can remember. I will go in there just for the eye candy sometimes. The textures, patterns, colors and styles of home decor they carry just speak to my soul. We recently bought this wood slice table for my porch makeover. It is a statement piece that will last a lifetime. I found some pretty rad entertaining essentials there that we used on this date. I love simple earthy vibes in my home. The mix of wood + metal elements are some of my favorites. And of course, I had to grab a cool hat, which has quickly become my favorite! I'm such a hat girl...

Celebrating The 50th Annual CMA Awards with a date night listening party sponsored by Cost Plus World Market

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In Autumn We Gather

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"In autumn we gather" was a saying I came up with to hang over our small gathering place tucked into our redwood laden garden the evening of the Autumn Equinox. Like the leaves that fall to the earth, we put another season to rest, and autumn has arrived. This is the time we need to step back and reflect upon the energy that is stirring in us, old and new. This is the time we should be laying to rest our worries that have been collecting dust in our hearts, sweep away the piles of burden we have hidden in the shadowy corners of our souls, and carry on to a new season of life.

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Collect and reflect on all the accomplishments you have made this year so far.  We should allow ourselves to become bare like the trees, to open up the most vulnerable doors inside of us so that subtle autumn light can fill in all the crevices and inspire us to connect deeper with the universe, with ourselves and all that exists around us, and allow the chilling winds stir new life in our souls, as it does the tree leaves in the forest.

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This is the perfect time to gather with people dear to you, to cook home made meals, dine under candle light and tell stories under the stars. Respect local harvest and shop locally for food that was labored over with love.

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A few of our closest people make the trek out to our forest home, and we are forever grateful. The candle's light shimmered like twinkling stars, laughter filled the forest and memories were made.

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I knew I wanted to host a gathering far before autumn came, but I wanted to do it on a budget. All my dishware was thrifted, down to my beautiful sterling silver trays, serving dishes and goblets. There are always hidden gems at the second hand. I DIY the sign from a huge piece of cloth I bought for 5 dollars at the fabric store and Free hand painted the words on. The napkins were made from that fabric as well, tied off with leather chord. I collected huge candles, ghostly little pumpkins and picked moss off forest trees and it made for the perfect atmosphere. Everyone contributed to a dish and it came out beautifully. This is a new tradition that we are looking forward to continuing on for years to come.

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May this inspire you to gather, reflect and renew.

Autumn blessings.


Marcie Dawn Moonridge

I have always been drawn to the raw, the grit and the wild bits of life and I try to harness all that lies deep within me to portray just that, and I encourage others to seek after those traits within themselves as well. Close friends liken me unto the ocean because I'm always shifting, and moving and I am ruled by the moon. My tribe name is Low Cloud, because I am always dancing on mountain tops. I'm a little bit too daring at times, but my scars always remind me that I'm alive.  I dwell within the redwood forest lining the ocean cliffs just south of San Francisco in a tiny cabin with my forever love I've know since age 5, and my cat Metheuselah. I am a creator, a visual story teller, and a wanderer.

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FULL MOON BATH RITUAL

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Our friends over at Live By Being have declared June to be 'Bath Month'.  I couldn't get more on board with this if I tried!  Being a Cancer June baby who loves the water and my sacred bath time, I'm a big fan of this idea.  I take a bath almost every night already, but having a whole month devoted to this idea is just fabulous!  Most new + full moons I try to make a point to make my bath extra special by creating a sort of ritual around it, so I thought I would share that here for bath month. 

My personal rituals are usually very simple.  I create serenity and mood by lighting candles, burning incense, sage or palo santo, and sometimes putting on a soothing station on my pandora, other times just being with the silence of the water.  I always like to include something special and nourishing for my skin.  Since this bath month was declared by Live By Being I used some of my favorite bath salts from them.  I also always bring something nourishing to drink, usually water or herbal tea.  As I quiet myself and go within for a bit, I then pull some cards for whatever is on my mind at the time, or for the full or new moon energies in general.  Then I spend some time soaking in the warm salt water while I soak up the knowledge from my spread.  Just a very simple way to go within and connect with myself in a healing, nourishing way with intention. 

In honor of Bath Month, Live By Being is giving away one of their bath salts + milk bath to my followers!  Go enter to win a bottle of the STILL bath salt on our instagram at @bohemiancollective

Also get 20% off any Live By Being orders through the month of June with the code BOHOBATHS

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