Have you ever caught yourself being overly critical or judgemental? We hold ourselves and others to impossible standards. Think super mom, successful business woman, champion wife and community role model, all rolled into one hot mama with flawless skin and expanded consciousness. Does she even exist? Of course not.
It's especially difficult to live up to the impossible standards in the midst of utterly wild and transformative times.
It's like we're all performers at the cosmic circus. We are trying our best to balance on this impossible tightrope, but sometimes we wobble and sometimes we fall flat on our face. Totally normal!
The Buddhist goddess, Kuan Yin, holds infinite compassion for us as we stumble through life. Leading by example, she teaches us to release our inner critic and instead offer authentic kindness. We are all in this together. Kuan Yin helps us move beyond a "me, me, me" mentality and see the interconnectedness that unites us all.
When you feel yourself growing critical or judgmental, this beauty ritual calls in Kuan Yin's loving energy stream.
The simple massage techniques help to drop your armour and access her healing energies. Wintergreen essential oil enhances spiritual awareness and divine self-love. Peony essential oil, the ancient Chinese symbol of love, boosts yin energy. And ginger lily essential oil evokes a peaceful state of mind.
May Kuan Yin's healing waters wash away the bitter wounds of criticism and judgement. So that you find peace amid the stress of everyday life.
What You Need
- Wintergreen essential oil (4 drops)
- Peony essential oil (4 drops)
- Ginger lily essential oil (4 drops)
- 1 ounce of sesame oil
- Dark glass container
- Green or matcha tea
- Tea cup, ideally made of clay
After cleansing your sacred space and materials, call in the elements by brewing yourself a cup of green or matcha tea. Water, fire and air are used to boil the water, while earth is represented by the tea itself. You can also burn incense to represent ether.
Set your intention for compassion and repeat the following mantra with your hands in Padma mudra:
Om Mani Padme Hum
This Sanskrit mantra from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition opens the heart.
To make this DIY massage oil, add the sesame oil to your container, followed by the essential oils. Shake well to combine.
To begin your self-massage, sit on a towel you don't mind getting oil on. Take a few deep breaths to center yourself, and anoint your body with the massage oil.
Begin massaging your feet with movements aligned to the cadence of your breath, then working your way up the legs and hips. Then, massage your hands, arms, chest, and belly.
Use long stroking movements on the limbs and clockwise circular movements on the joints, breasts, and belly.
Focus on the breath and the sensations in the body throughout the massage.
After the massage, relax into Savasana (Corpse Pose). When you feel ready, give thanks for your tools and this experience.
May this ritual bring peace and compassion to your everyday life.
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